The Americana Music Festival and Conference

This year, the Americana Music Festival and Conference will be held from the 17th of September until the 20th of September 2008. It will be hosted in the Nashville Convention Centre, and as the ninth annual conference, it promises to be bigger and better than any other year. Professionals from all aspects of the music industry descend on the Americana Music Festival and Conference, not only to hear upcoming bands perform but to attend the workshops and to build up relationships by networking with other leaders in the industry.

Industry members such as merchandisers, managers, promoters, publishers, legal executives, radio hosts, record labels and artists come to the Americana Music Festival and Conference to be present at the seminars, trade show and informative panel discussions. One of the panel discussions will be taking a look at blogs and how they influence the industry, making bands and the music industry aware of the audience blogs attract and their role in advertising and promotion. The Americana Music Festival and Conference is held to promote all genres of music, create awareness of the industry and to support creativeness and various aspects of the industry. At night, however, the festival transforms into a platform of music and festivity, of established and upcoming performers, held at various venues.

Organizers have ensured that there will be a jam packed program of music from Wednesday through to the end of the festival, and audience members can look forward to performers such as The Dedringers, Donna Beasley, Steeldrivers, Nels Andrews, Anne McCue, Marcia Ball, Malcolm Holcombe, Crooked Still, Rosie Flores, Blair, Jason Isbell, Kathy Mattea, Paul Thorn, Jim White, The Boxmasters, Jennifer Niceley, Ben Kweller, Peter Cooper, Kylie Harris, Chuck Mead, Paul Malo, Thirty Tigers, O’Death, Le Switch and Those Darlins.

The 9th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference hopes to open new doors to artists and bands, provide members of the industry with valuable information and networking opportunities, and to give the public the opportunity to explore that opportunities and diverse genres within the music world. Promotion and awareness will introduce the public to the various music styles and musicians, and create a festival of discovery and enjoyment.