Organizers of the second annual Miami Music Festival will present more than 500 performances by new and developing artists in an expanded roster of venues throughout the city. The showcase will take place Nov. 12-14 during the newly designated “Live Music Month in Miami” and will include two daytime sessions on five stages in Bayfront Park and a show at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Amusic industry and artists’ conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Miami, the festival’s headquarters hotel on Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13. Musicians may submit showcase applications, register for the conference, and reserve discounted stays at the Hyatt at < www.miamimusicfestival.org >.
Partners include Miami New Times, State of Florida Film and Entertainment Office, Miami- Dade County Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Miami Office of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade Office of Film and Entertainment, Miami Downtown Development Authority, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, and FilMiami. The Miami Music Festival and Conference also is produced in cooperation with the Recording Academy, Urban Network, and performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI, and SoundExchange.
Performing at showcase festivals has become important for independent musicians who are using new media tools to produce, distribute and market their own music in an effort to reach broad audiences and raise awareness among music industry executives.
Events such as the MMF attract discerning audiences to hear new acts or new music from established acts. South by Southwest in Austin, TX, is just one example of a gathering that has provided opportunities to network with other artists and gain distribution opportunities.
“The MMF will again present an amazing array of rock, alternative, and singer/songwriter acts but will feature in equal measure Latin, urban, Caribbean, and jazz artists,” said Irwin Kornfeld, festival CEO. “Miami’s live music scene continues to develop and grow, and the MMF is growing with it.”
The inaugural MMF in December 2009 attracted more than 18,000 attendees to see 270 acts in 75 shows on 25 stages.