EDMbiz conference launches contests for producers and industry entrepreneurs

Aspiring music producers and entrepreneurs will have the chance to jumpstart their careers in the dance music industry through two new contests at this year’s EDMbiz conference next month.

Set for June 16-18 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, EDMbiz will bring together some of the biggest and brightest industry minds during the city’s annual celebration of all things dance music: EDC Week.

Five promising startups will have the opportunity to present to high-level investors and executives at this year’s event as part of the EDMbiz Startup Contest. Applicants must submit entries by June 2 via edmbiz.com/startup. The top five entrants, chosen by Insomniac Events and partner Digital Music News, will then present five-minute pitches live at the event.

A broad range of innovative ideas and models will be considered, spanning digital to mobile to physical to live. Judges will carefully consider the business proposition based equally on presentation, understanding of market trend opportunity, innovation, and potential to disrupt.

Aspring producers will also have their chance to shine with the Best Record/A&R Contest, sponsored in part by Insomniac Records and Wavo. One lucky winner will have his or her track released by Insomniac Records. Original tracks can be submitted online by May 31 via edmbiz.com/ar, which will then be voted on by Wavo.me users prior to being judged by EDMbiz judges. Then the top point-earners/semi-finalists will be invited to present their track live at EDMbiz to a panel of senior A&R executives from the industry’s best record labels.

EDMbiz conference passes are still available for $369. Passes include entrance to a kick-off party with Afrojack on Tuesday, a closing party with Alesso at the Boulevard Pool, and additional EDC Week 2015 events.


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