The city of Miami will launch a music festival designed to promote and expose new and developing acts. The first "Miami Music Festival" will take place Dec. 10-12 in different clubs and venues in the city's Brickell and downtown areas. A music conference component will take place at the Miami Convention Center.

No performers or panelists have been announced yet.

Unlike other more industry-centered music conferences, the Miami Music Festival, like SXSW, is geared toward consumers, and passes to attend showcases will be available for no more than $50. Acts interested in performing must submit an application online at miamimusicfestival.org.

The event is being produced by In Tune Partners, the music education company that, among other ventures, publishes In Tune Monthly, a magazine designed for music students in grades 7-12. The CEO of In Tune is Irwin Kornfeld, former associate publisher of Billboard. Sponsors to date include The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and indie music Web site broadjam.com.