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EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference releases 2017 aftermovie, announces 2018 dates

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference releases 2017 aftermovie, announces 2018 dates
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Today, the Electric City Music Conference is announcing the dates for its fifth annual event and premiering the 2017 aftermovie exclusively through NEPA Scene, a longtime media sponsor of the ECMC.

Last year’s conference featured performances by over 150 bands from eight states in 11 venues throughout the Scranton area, the Steamtown Music Awards ceremony with many new awards and special performances of its own, and free panel discussions and mentoring sessions for local musicians, professionals, and music fans. As the largest event of its kind in Northeastern Pennsylvania, this celebration of the diverse local music scene is much more than a music festival, bringing hundreds of artists and music industry professionals together annually to meet and network while recognizing and showcasing established and up-and-coming musicians.

Organized by music promoter Joe Caviston and Graces Downfall singer Kenneth Norton, the ECMC teamed up with Scranton media production and web development company Ionic Development to produce a recap video of the 2017 music marathon:

The video features the song “Only in the Way” by University Drive, which first debuted on NEPA Scene in 2016 and was later named Song of the Year in the Steamtown Music Awards, playing over footage from the award ceremony and energetic performances in venues across Scranton last September, even sampling a little audio from the NEPA Scene Podcast with Caviston and Norton.

After looking back, the conference it now looking forward to its fifth year, releasing dates for applications, nominations, and events in 2018.

Electric City Music Conference 2018 timeline:

Monday, Feb. 19: Electric City Music Conference performance applications open
Thursday, March 1: Steamtown Music Award nominations open
Saturday, June 30: Steamtown Music Award nominations close
Sunday, July 15: Nominee and lineup announcement event
Thursday, Sept. 13: Steamtown Music Awards
Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15: Electric City Music Conference

Norton will also host a three-week open mic series in Scranton starting this Wednesday, Jan. 17 to discover new talent and find participants to invite to perform at the ECMC, which was announced last week on NEPA Scene.

Stay tuned to NEPA Scene for more exclusive updates coming soon.

See our photos from the 2017 Steamtown Music Awards here and the entire Electric City Music Conference here. Stream or download last year’s panel discussions as free podcasts here and listen to Caviston and Norton talk about the conference and the awards in depth in Episode 26 of the NEPA Scene Podcast: