Tired of testing out new melodies on your cat? If he’s turning tail at your attempts to explain time signatures and the Dorian mode, consider it a sign. It’s officially time to swap those PJs for real pants and get out there to hobnob with your colleagues. (Sorry, kitty.)
A great music conference is the perfect place to connect with other musicians and composers to nerd out about your favorite subjects and hot topics in the field. It’s also the best place to network with other creatives, particularly the ones who are looking to hire talent like you. Whether you write for video games, film, or license your work for multiple uses, there’s a conference out there that’s perfect for you.
Not sure where to start? Try one of these six great conferences for composers to boost your networking game this year:
1. Super MAGFest
Super MAGFest is an event designed to celebrate all aspects of video game music and includes a slate of demos and performances that runs 24 hours a day throughout the weekend. The unique event is non-profit, so you’ll connect directly with game makers and fans without any gatekeepers. There are plenty of guest speakers and fan activities for gamers, too.
January 2-5, 2020
Gaylord National Hotel
National Harbor, MD
2. GDC: The Game Developers’ Conference
GDC is a huge conference that brings game developers together in the capital of high-tech: San Francisco. It’s the world’s biggest conference for gaming pros, so it’s the ideal place to make connections with developer looking for composers. Over 500 companies are represented, and you can learn more about industry trends — particularly if you attend the special Audio Summit.
March 16-20, 2020
San Francisco, CA
3. ASCAP Experience
ASCAP is one of the biggest performance rights organizations, so it’s no surprise that their conference for songwriters and composers features sessions by some of the biggest names in music. Last year’s speakers included Lee Ann Womack, Questlove, and Wyclef Jean. This conference includes tons of sessions about both business and creativity.
April 1-3, 2020
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Los Angeles, CA
4. A2IM Indie Week
A2IM sponsors Indie Week in Tribeca to support creators of independent music and magnify their impact around the world. The schedule is typically packed with informative sessions about the music business and provides plenty of opportunities to network with fellow composers, songwriters, record labels, and producers.
A2IM Indie Week
June 12-18, 2020
New York Law School
New York, NY
5. Production Music Conference
Sponsored by the Production Music Association (PMA), PMC brings together emerging and established composers, major labels, independent publishers, and more. Past sessions have included specifics on everything from composing a series of cues to understanding rights and licensing.
Production Music Conference
Los Angeles, CA
Registration details to be announced.
GameSoundCon offers over 70 sessions featuring everything you need to know to dive into the brave new world of composing for video games, virtual reality, and other cutting-edge media. There’s a special track to get traditional film and TV composers up to speed, as well as research presentations, speed mentoring, and more — all packed into just two days!
October 6-7, 2020
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
Pro Tip: Are you a G.A.N.G. member? The Game Audio Network Guild offers a discount on GameSoundCon passes!
No matter what your specialty or professional goals, there’s definitely a conference that’s right for you. Once you’ve signed up, make sure you’re ready to impress new industry connections with a reel that highlights all your best work. Need help with that? ReelCrafter has you covered.
Now get out there and network!