Winter Music Conference (WMC), now under the Ultra Worldwide umbrella and set to take place March 25-28, 2019 at the Faena Forum, Miami Beach, has now announced its initial media partners, brand partners and programming.
WMC Media Partners include technology news and media network The Verge, Grammy.com/The Recording Academy and its charity MusiCares, Mixmag who will host their popular live “Lab” event from the Faena rooftop, Billboard Dance, Data Transmission, Attack Magazine, EDM.com, DJ Mag Asia, Belgium, France, Latin America, Switzerland and UK, and Magnetic Magazine.
WMC Brand Partners include online music store Beatport, the largest online database of electronic music releases Discogs, 3D audio purveyor Hooke Audio, Los Angeles-based Music Production School IO Music Academy, portable, app-connected guitar Jamstick, music distribution and marketing company Jamvana, British online music streaming service Mixcloud, music and creative media training school Point Blank Music School, outdoor blanket manufacturer Rumpl, apparel company Russell Athletic, founded by the late Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, a leader in DJ & music production education Scratch DJ Academy, music and esports management company Seven20, music marketing and high quality music library Sostereo, music creation and collaboration platform Splice, affordable, polarized sunglasses manufacturer Sunski, Full service distribution, rights management, marketing, playlist promotion and brand strategist Symphonic Distribution, Retro-tinged backpacks, bags, and apparel manufacturer TOPO Designs, electronic music store Traxsource, artist focused platform utilizing blockchain technology Ujo Music and live music ecosystem and a blockchain-based marketplace that connects artists and music-industry professionals Viberate.com.
WMC label and artist management partners include Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep, Armada Music, Astralwerks, Big Beat Records, Circus Records, Deckstar, Deadbeats, Dirtybird, Enhanced Music, Geffen Records, Gud Vibrations, Involved Management, Little Empire Music, MB Management, Monstercat, Nervous Records, RAM Records, RCA Records, Red Light Management and Spinnin’ Records.
WMC programming will be spread across two distinct segments targeted at industry professionals (WMC // Industry) as well as music consumers (WMC // Access) looking to learn more about this exciting industry and the music, technology and culture that powers it.
The news has excited some of the biggest artists and players in the industry:
“Winter Music Conference is the cream of the crop of conferences. WMC is not only one of the most important times of the year as it relates to dance music but it’s also a place where records are broken and become summer hits. Some of my best DJ memories are from the events I played during WMC in the last 20 years.” – Erick Morillo, DJ/Producer
“Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community. Many delegates had recognized me for being a consistent DJ annually at WMC. All throughout the 90s I was often getting written about by various high profile mags and websites for having one of the best parties during the conference but also having contributed to help break many artists, DJs, producers and remixers by showing my appreciation and treating many of my sets as if it was an extension of the actual conference. WMC enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof, especially at Groove Jet, where house music officially met Techno in my sets and it’s all been uphill since…TBC” – Danny Tenaglia, DJ/Producer
“Put simply, without the Winter Music Conference the American and, indeed, the entire world’s electronic music landscape would not be what it is today. It’s amazing to see this iconic and incredibly important event reinvigorated and relaunched for 2019. Mixmag – one of the only dance music brands whose history goes back even further than the WMC – is incredibly proud and very excited to be part of this wonderful renaissance. Hope to see you all soon on South Beach.” – Nick DeCosemo – Global Editorial Director, Mixmag Media
“After 25 years of attending WMC, it’s safe to say that Miami and more specifically South Beach is my second home. Every year I look forward to the annual conference so I can hear new tracks, meet old friends and celebrate how far electronic music has come.” – David Waxman, General Manager, Ultra Music
A sample of some of the topics of discussion will include:
WMC // Industry (Available to Industry badge holders only)
Crypto + Blockchain
Music Sync, Brand Relations, Music Marketing Strategy – Some of today’s top media, agencies and brands discuss trending topics
Media, Brands, PR – The challenges facing today’s media/advertising industry
Big Data, AI, AR/VR, Social Media Strategy/Technology, etc.
Grammy “MusicCares” Workshop
Environmental Issues and Sustainability Solutions
Health & Wellness Sessions
Daily Exclusive Networking Events – happy hours, rooftop events, and other industry gatherings
WMC // Access
Beatport Label Panel – A curated Q&A session
Artists Panels – Artists from across the electronic music spectrum discuss the status quo (daily sessions)
DJ & Music Production Seminars (Point Blank, Scratch DJ Academy, IO Music Academy, and brand partners)
ESports, Tech, and Photography
The Verge Hosts – Curated fireside chat sessions discussing the intersection of music and technology
Mentor Sessions – Small group sessions with industry experts
A&R Sessions – Labels meet with aspiring producers to critique and inspire
Detailed announcements regarding complete programming, keynotes, panelists, fireside chats, mentor sessions, production/DJ education, etc. will be announced in early 2019
WMC Industry is by invitation / application only and dedicated to working professionals looking to network with their peers, engage in thoughtful leadership discussions with top executives, partake in relationship building, health and wellness activities, and gain insight from business leaders adjacent to the music industry from the world of tech, marketing, social media, and more. To apply for WMC // Industry please click here
WMC Access allows consumers that are interested in music production, DJing, the music industry, tech, and culture to gain access to a showcase of the top companies in the business. From educators to gear manufacturers to consumer products, Access is the place to be if you are passionate about this culture and want to dive a bit deeper. Access badges are now available and registration is open exclusively at wintermusicconference.com
2019 marks the first fully-programmed WMC since it was announced in March 2018 that the organizers behind Ultra Worldwide, the world’s most successful independent, international music festival brand, had acquired the Winter Music Conference (founded in 1985) and International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) properties. The Ultra Worldwide acquisition aims to restore WMC’s status as the must-attend dance music industry and networking conference in the world. A property unlike any other, WMC’s exclusive hotel partner, The Faena, was named by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 hotel in Miami Beach for two consecutive years (2017 & 2018) via their prestigious readers poll.
For more information about WMC please visit the official website at www.wintermusicconference.com