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Applications to play 2019 Electric City Music Conference in Scranton are now open

Applications to play 2019 Electric City Music Conference in Scranton are now open
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After announcing its 2019 dates last week, artist submissions for the Electric City Music Conference are now open.

The sixth annual music conference, festival, and Steamtown Music Awards ceremony will return to Scranton on Thursday, Sept. 12 through Saturday, Sept. 14.

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 conference via Sonicbids.

Last year’s conference featured performances by over 150 bands from five states in 10 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 worked with Scranton media production and web development company Ionic Development to produce the 2018 aftermovie, which premiered on NEPA Scene last week:

The conference also released its timeline of events for its sixth year last week.

Electric City Music Conference 2019 timeline:

Monday, Feb. 25: Electric City Music Conference performance applications open
Monday, March 4: Steamtown Music Award nominations open
Saturday, June 29: Steamtown Music Award nominations close
Sunday, July 14: Nominee and lineup announcement event
Thursday, Sept. 12: Steamtown Music Awards
Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14: Electric City Music Conference

See NEPA Scene’s photos from the 2018 ECMC announcement party here, the 2018 Steamtown Music Awards here, and the entire Electric City Music Conference here. Listen to Caviston and Norton talk about the conference and the awards in depth in Episode 75 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:

Photo by Keith Perks/1120 Creative/NEPA Scene