Full schedule released for EDMbiz 2016 conference

Insomniac Events today revealed the full programming schedule for the 2016 edition of the EDMbiz Conference and Expo, set for June 14-16 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Over the past five years, EDMbiz has grown to become the go-to spot for both seasoned and aspiring professionals in the dance music industry. The conference provides a buffet of educational and networking opportunities in addition to an impressive list of after-parties hosted throughout the three-day event.

This year’s conference — held just before the 20th anniversary of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) — will feature two separate stages with programming revolving around three main themes: Experience, Technology, and Aspiration.

In addition to an extensive list of keynote speakers and panel discussions (see full list below), conference attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in morning yoga sessions by The Divine Movement and daily network happy hours to recap the day’s events.

Other specialty programming includes the inaugural EDC Hackathon, the return of the EDMbiz A&R contest, and a one-of-a-kind mentoring program designed empower and educate young hopefuls.

EDMbiz badge holders will also have complimentary access to several sold-out EDC week events with Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Krewella, Kaskade, Skrillex, and more (see full list here).

EDMbiz conference badges are on sale now, ranging from $149 to $399. Use promo code NIGHTOWL15 to save 15% on your purchase.


SEE ALSO: EDC Week 2016 Las Vegas Event Calendar


EDMbiz 2016 Keynotes and Panels

KEYNOTE: ARMIN VAN BUUREN
Moderator: to be announced

KEYNOTE: BOB LEFSETZ, AUTHOR, THE LEFSETZ LETTER
Moderator: John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer & Interim CFO, Insomniac

KEYNOTE: MOBY
Moderator: Jason Bentley, Music Director, KCRW

KEYNOTE: PASQUALE ROTELLA
Moderator: John Amato, Co-President, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group

A&R COMPETITION – BEST DANCE TRACK
Danny Howard, BBC Radio 1
Joe Wiseman, Label Manager/A&R, Insomniac
Laidback Luke, Artist
Pedro Guzmán, Executive Vice President / Head of A&R, Aftercluv Dancelab
More to be announced

ADS, FADS, AND THE FUTURE OF RADIO
Moderator: Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Austin Kramer, Head of Programming-Dance & Electronic, Spotify
Ben Gill, Head of Programming, Dance & Electronic Music, Pandora
Danny Howard, BBC Radio 1
George Hess, CEO, Zero2Fifty Group
Geronimo, Senior Director of Programming, SiriusXM

AFTER THE DROP: THE STATE OF DANCE MUSIC
Moderator: Matt Medved, Senior Editor, Dance/Electronic, Billboard
Andrew Goldstone, Manager – Tiesto and Don Diablo, GM of Musical Freedom Records
Ed Shapiro, Partner, Reed Smith, LLP.
James Algate, Vice President of Music, Hakkasan Group
John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer & Intertim CFO
Sebastian Solano, CEO, ID&T

ANTICIPATION, AUDIENCE, AND NOT BEING AUSTRALIAN
Chad Moses, Music & Events, To Write Love on Her Arms

BEYOND THE BOYS’ CLUB: WHAT’S NEXT FOR WOMEN IN DANCE MUSIC
Moderator: Katie Bain, Contributing Writer at Beatport, Insomniac, LA Weekly, The Huffington Post
Liz Garard, President & Founder, Nap Girls
MacKenzie Reynolds, Publicity Manager, Capitol Music Group
Matthew Adell, Founder, MetaPop
Neda Azarfar, Vice President, Marketing Communications, The Recording Academy
Nicole Moudaber, Artist
Sarah Polonsky, US Editor, DJ Magazine

BILLBOARD DANCE POWER PLAYERS 2016 PRESENTATION
Matt Medved, Senior Editor, Dance/Electronic, Billboard

BREAKOUT WITH PAUL OAKENFOLD
Paul Oakenfold, Artist

BUILDING THE NEXT BIG DJ
Moderator: Gerry Gerrard, Wired Artist Management
Jauz, Artist
Marshmello, Artist
Matt Rodriguez, VP, West Coast, AM Only
Moe Shalizi, Artist Manager, Red Light Management
Ookay, Artist
Steve Gordon, Owner, Circle Talent Agency

DRUGS IN DANCE MUSIC: IT’S TIME FOR THE INDUSTRY TO ACT
Moderator: Mark Lawrence, Chief Executive, AFEM
Dede Goldsmith, Youth Advocate & President, Protect Our Youth, Inc.
Kevin Kerslake, Filmmaker/Photographer, Director – “As I AM”
Kennedy Jones, Artist
Maren Steiner, Director of Health & Safety, Insomniac
Patt Ochoa, Cofounder & Program Director, Sustain Recovery
Stefanie Jones, Director of Audience Development, Drug Policy Alliance

EDM IS DEAD, LONG LIVE EDM! (EDM’S VALUE TO BRANDS AND LIVE EVENTS), NIELSEN PRESENTATION
Matt Yazge, Director of Brand Partnerships, Nielsen Music

LITTLE EMPIRE AND SKYLIGHT: PROMOTING THE FUTURE THROUGH MENTORSHIP
Alexandra Greenberg, Senior VP, MSO PR
Christian Karlsson, DJ/Producer Mentor, Bloodshy/Galantis/Miike Snow
Ed Shapiro, Partner, Reed Smith, LLP.
Geronimo, Senior Director of Programming, SiriusXM
Randy Sosin, Senior Vice President, Film & Video Production, Insomniac
Stephanie LaFera, Founder & CEO, Little Empire Music & Co-Founder, SkyLight

MEET THE AGENCY: CAA
Moderator: John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer & Interim CFO, Insomniac
Darryl Eaton, Co-Head of Contemporary Music, North America, CAA
Hunter Williams, Agent, CAA
Jazz Spinder, Agent, CAA
Mac Clark, Agent, CAA
Maria May, Agent, CAA
Rob Light, Managing Partner and Head of Worldwide Music, CAA

RAYMOND LEON ROKER, URB FOUNDER, OPENS THE URB ARCHIVES FOR THE FIRST TIME

RESURGENCE OF TRANCE
Moderator: Dave Ralph, Head of Talent, Insomniac
Dimitri De Wit, Owner, Twenty4Seven Management
Jeff Ryan, Managing Director of Dreamstate, Insomniac
Markus Schulz, Artist
Paul Oakenfold, Artist
Tim Smeets, David Lewis Productions

SHOW/BUSINESS: ENTREPRENEURS IN DANCE MUSIC
Moderator: Justin Spagg, Senior Director of Operations, Insomniac
Ali Shakeri, Cofounder, ToneDen
Amy Pham, DJ, Host, Actress
Brian Lim, CEO/Founder, EmazingLights / iHeartRaves / IntoTheAM
Nick Kneuper, CEO, Electric Styles
Nick Ward, CFO, YourEDM

SUCCESS ON THE BIG SCREEN: EDM PIONEER JUNKIE XL MAKES HOLLYWOOD’S A-LIST
Moderator: Jason Bentley, Music Director, KCRW
Junkie XL, Artist & Film Composer

WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Rich Thomas, Vice President, Content, Insomniac
Tommie Sunshine, Artist/Activist
More to be announced

5TH ANNUAL EDMBIZ ARTIST PANEL
Artists to be announced

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Kent Otto

Kent is founder and editor-in-chief. He's always had a love and passion for music of all types, but didn't discover the music festival scene and community until moving to Southern California during his early post-college years. He returned to his roots in the Midwest in 2011 and has since been determined to share the magic and beauty of the music scene with as many as possible. Email kent@edmcalendar.com. Connect with Kent on G+.

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