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Artist submissions are now open for 2018 Electric City Music Conference in Scranton

Artist submissions are now open for 2018 Electric City Music Conference in Scranton
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Artist submissions for the 2018 Electric City Music Conference are now open. The fifth annual music conference, festival, and award ceremony will return to Scranton on Thursday, Sept. 13 through Saturday, Sept. 15.

Local artists from the 570 area code can apply for free through the Electric City Music Conference website. All other artists can apply to perform at the 2018 ECMC via Sonicbids.

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 2017 aftermovie that premiered exclusively through NEPA Scene last month:

The conference also announced a timeline 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

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:

Photo by Keith Perks/1120 Studios