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Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg seeking original artists to perform Feb. 19-21, 2016

Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg seeking original artists to perform Feb. 19-21, 2016
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From a press release:

The 20th annual Millennium Music Conference & Showcase is set for Feb. 19-21, 2016 at the Best Western Premier, the Central Hotel and Conference Center and 30 showcase venues in and around Harrisburg, so now the conference is looking for at least 100 original acts to perform via Sonicbids and ReverbNation.

As per the application, they are seeking original music only, and a wide variety of genres will be accepted to play 40-minute sets that will be billed with acts of a similar genre. All selected artists also receive free registration badges for their entire act to attend and participate in the afternoon conference, with all-access for the entire weekend.

In celebration of the event’s 20-year anniversary, there is no fee for artists to submit to the showcase and participate through September 2015. All artists who pay a submission fee in October and November also receive free registration badges whether selected or not.

The conference features two afternoons of music industry panels, clinics, workshops, networking, day stages, one-on-one mentoring and demo listening sessions, and an industry business trade show. In the evenings, the event celebrates new music with three nights of showcase performances featuring over 300 original acts at 30 live music venues in and around Harrisburg.

Since 1997, this conference and showcase has become one of the premier music events on the East Coast. MMC has educated and showcased thousands of independent artists. Music industry professionals attend as panelists, speakers, mentors, exhibitors, and talent scouts to network, do business, and share their experience with musicians, registrants, and conference attendees. There are also many marketing opportunities available for musicians, exhibitors, sponsors, and industry professionals.

The local community is always invited to join in the celebration of new music, emerging talent, and independent artists, as all showcase performances are open to the public, the vast majority are free, and several stages are all-ages. Showcases will generally start after 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20. The event kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 18, and there may be some showcases scheduled in addition to the kickoff party at 8 p.m.

Past MMC keynote speakers include Halestorm, Bill McGathy (manager of 3 Doors Down, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd), Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads; producer of Violent Femmes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, No Doubt), Walter McDonough (Future of Musi Coalition), Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens, Brett Scallions of Fuel), Matt Pinfield (MTV), Michael Glabicki (Rusted Root), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Bruce Warren and Jim McGuinn (WXPN), Ken Carson (WQXA), and more.

Past MMC performers include Godsmack, Halestorm, Fuel, Good Charlotte, Crobot, Ryan Bingham, Melody Gardot, Keaton Simons, Future Rock, Kingsfoil, Framing Hanley, Rachael Sage, Keaton Simons, Teddy Geiger, Big Elf, Charm City Devils, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Becoming, and more.