In case anyone on the planet still believes Electronic Dance Music isn't a serious business, a list of speakers for this June's inaugural EDMBiz conference announced today by Insomniac Events should dispel any illusions.
Popular EDM DJs Kaskade and Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia will head the confab's artists' slate, while industry speakers include among many others, Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman, William Morris Head of Music Marc Geiger and Daniel Glass, Founder and President of Glassnote Entertainment (all of whom are featured on Billboard's 2012 Power 100).
Also set to take the EDMBiz podium are AM Only's CEO Paul Morris, Atom Empire President/COO Stephanie LaFera and Donnie Estopinal, CEO of Disco Donnie Presents (all are amongst Billboard's Dance Music's Most Influential Execs list).
Promotions company Insomniac is launching the maiden EDMbiz conference June 5-7 prior to its 16th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, which runs June 8-10 in Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan in what is being called EDC Week.
Other industry speakers include Richard Bishop, Head of EDM at Red Light Management; Turntable.FM's Co-founder/Chairman Seth Goldstein; Matt Adell, founder of Beatport; Insomniac CEO/Founder Pasquale Rotella; Skip Paige, senior VP of Goldenvoice/Coachella; Andrew Dreskin, founder and CEO, Ticketfly; Michael Schneider, CEO of Mobile Roadie; Ian Rogers, CEO of Topspin Media; Google's New Business Development Principal Alexis Giles and Steve Goodgold of the Windish Agency. (A full list of announced speakers is below.)
Jason Bentley, the music director of LA's NPR-based affiliate KCRW and Morning Becomes Eclectic DJ, will serve as EDMbiz's host. In a statement, Bentley said: "As electronic dance music reaches new heights of popularity and influence in 2012, EDMbiz has been conceived as a key forum for business development in the community."
Topics to be covered at EDMbiz, according to the release, include "best practices, social media, technology platforms, festivals, direct-to-fan relationships, licensing, branding, sponsorships, and sustaining community, humanity and credibility during this period of EDM's massive growth."
Registration for the conference begins May 3, 2012 at 1pm ET/10am PT here.
Announced List of EDMBiz Speakers:
Matt Adell, CEO, Beatport
Steve Angello, artist
Jason Bentley, host, KCRW
Richard Bishop, partner, Red Light Management Electronic Division
Eddie Dean, president, Pacha
Andrew Dreskin, founder and CEO, Ticketfly
Donnie Estopinal, CEO, Disco Donnie Presents
Chuck Flask, Paxahau
Marc Geiger, head of music, William Morris Endeavor
Alexis Giles, new business development principal, Google
Daniel Glass, founder and president, Glassnote Entertainment
Seth Goldstein, co-founder and chairman, Turntable.fm
Marian Goodell, co-owner and producer, Burning Man
Steve Goodgold, agent, Windish Agency
Oscar Goodman, former Mayor of Las Vegas, host committee chairman, LVCVA
Alexandra Greenberg, vice president, Mitch Schneider Organization
Craig Kallman, chairman and CEO, Atlantic Records
Stephanie LaFera, president and COO, Atom Empire
Mike McGinley, COO, CitizenNet
Paul Morris, founder and CEO, AM Only
Skip Paige, senior vice president, Goldenvoice/Coachella
Matt Rodriquez, agent, AM Only
Ian Rogers, CEO, TopSpin Media
Raymond Roker, co-founder and publisher, URB Magazine and URB.com
Pasquale Rotella, CEO and founder, Insomniac
Michael Schneider, CEO, Mobile Roadie
Jason Strauss, managing partner, TAO Group
Joel Zimmerman, head of global electronic music, William Morris Endeavor