New Music Seminar kicked off its latest conference at Webster Hall in New York City on July 19, with an opening night party featuring performances by comedian-turned-songstress Margaret Cho, singer/songwriter Matt White, R&B recording artist Kat De Luna, and even the likes of old school rappers Naughty by Nature. Geared towards the unsigned and signed alike, the NMS conference continued for two full days to educate new musicians on the future of the business, with lectures and networking opportunities to help guide their budding careers. Instead of dwelling in the impending doom and gloom that is the fast-diminishing record industry of tomorrow, NMS was optimistic; shedding light on potential opportunity that can be seized today for Creatives to build their own brand. Finalists from across the country competed in an “Artist on the Verge” showcase at a sold-out Santo’s Party House. The winner that night was Hotspur, a band recently named “New Artist of the Year” by the Washington Area Music Association of D.C., and is currently featured on MTV.com and MtvU. Hotspur took home the grand prize of $25,000 in musical equipment, and professional music industry consultations. The conference also featured several “18 Minute Incentives”, where speakers discussed how musicians at any point in their career are capable of reaching... Sign In to Keep Reading
Gain Access to the American Songwriter Vault of Resources with a Free Membership
Sign up to gain access to exclusive aticles, members-only contests, archived interviews, and more.
Already a member? Sign in here.