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Winter Music Conference 2012

Winter Music Conference Announces 2012 Dates

Winter Music Conference
March 16-25, 2012
Miami Beach, FL

***For Immediate Release***

October 12, 2011 – South Florida, U.S.A.

Winter Music Conference (WMC) opened its 2012 season in South Florida today with the announcement of the Winter Music Conference 2012 dates. This will be the 27th annual program for what is largely regarded as the pre-eminent platform on the global music industry calendar for launching new music, technology and trends. Winter Music Conference Week 2012 happens March 16 – 25, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

For 2012, WMC plans to further enhance the WMC experience by delivering ten non-stop days of music programming in Miami Beach and Miami. This expansion will wrap the program week with two full weekends of parties and events. WMC Co-founder, Bill Kelly, explains, “Expanding the WMC dates was an easy decision given the high demand of artists, businesses and industry delegates. Miami Beach and the greater Miami area boast some of the most celebrated event and club venues as well as the hotels and resorts that comprise South Beach’s famed Art Deco District. Hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and every sort of possible entertainment venue are filled to capacity during WMC Week to the point where five days just wasn’t enough.”

New for 2012, WMC will be unveiling correlated segments of its industry program dedicated to music and fashion on its opening weekend and indie rock meets electronica programming under the WMC Rocks header on the closing weekend, in addition to its standard programming and events. More details will be announced over the coming weeks.

Winter Music Conference 2012

  • Music Meets Fashion: March 16 – 17, 2012
  • DJ Sets, Live Performances & Parties: March 16 – 25, 2012
  • WMC Music Industry Program: March 19 – 24, 2012
  • WMC Trade Show & Exhibits: March 19 – 20, 2012
  • Art & Record Collectors Show: March 24, 2012
  • WMC Rocks: March 23 – 25, 2012
  • Club & Poolside Events: March 16 – 25, 2012

Currently the WMC industry badge is being offered at a promotional Early Registration rate of $275 (over 40% off the Walk-Up rate) until October 26th, 2011. Registration includes access to panels, seminars, featured Q & A’s, the 27th Annual IDMAs, WMC official poolside events, South Beach Sessions, Record Collectors Show, WMC Rocks, trade show & exhibits, workshops (with the exception of the Remixing and Editing Workshops), DJ Spin-Offs, VJ Challenge as well as complimentary or reduced admission to WMC official and sanctioned events for the full ten days of programming.

Marketing opportunities are currently discounted by 30% through December 16, 2011. The WMC registration office and housing bureau is currently open at www.WinterMusicConference.com. WMC is also accepting applications, inquiries and requests for panels and workshops, DJ Spin Off, VJ Challenge, showcasing and events.


WMC Office:
3450 NE 12th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Phone: (954) 563-4444 * Fax (954) 563-1599
Email: info@WinterMusicConference.com
WinterMusicConference.com

Winter Music Conference
Winter Music Conference Announces 2011 Dates

Winter Music Conference
March 8 – 12, 2011
Miami Beach, FL

***For Immediate Release***

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Winter Music Conference’s 26th annual program will take place March 8 – 12, 2011 at the Miami Beach Convention Center and other venues throughout Miami Beach and the greater Miami area. Last year WMC attracted 3,763 registered music industry participants from 70 countries and over 100,000 event participants who took part in five non-stop concentrated days of seminars, workshops, exhibits and performances.

Over its 26-year history WMC has become known by industry insiders, audiophiles and fans alike as the pre-eminent date for merchandisers and manufacturers launching new music, technology and trends in the music business. According to Billboard Magazine’s April 3, 2010 issue, “WMC demonstrates (that) dance music retains a powerful allure among brands looking to connect with young, engaged consumers.”

During WMC, more than 500 annual industry gatherings and performance events boast one of the most sought after aggregations of legendary and emerging artists to be found in the world. WMC’s drawing power for assembling innovative music professionals and launching effective global campaigns is demonstrated year after year with career-launching performances and new releases by artists that have historically included Lady Gaga (WMC 2008), Rihanna (WMC 2006), the Black Eyed Peas (WMC 2009) and featured appearances in 2010 by artists like Deadmau5 and Grammy winner David Guetta, amongst hundreds of others. Of his appearance during WMC 2010, The Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am told MTV News “I think it’s important to come out to WMC to test out the new beats you’ve been making — rockin’ the crowds, learning from the crowds”.

For 2011 WMC will continue to roll out new initiatives as part of its development plan bolstering the ‘WMC Experience’. Unlike previous events the conference has hosted at hotels such as the Fontainebleau and most recently the Eden Roc, this year will offer nearly unlimited opportunities for expansion and growth with its move to the Miami Beach Convention Center in the midst of South Beach. Organizers say “for many years WMC has been challenged to configure its rapidly developing program into limited meeting space.” This year we are able to offer the best of all worlds – enormous room for expansion of the industry program at one of the best locations in South Beach with easy access to the top venues, restaurants and beaches. We are also able to offer our delegates a diverse range of official WMC hotels from the historically luxurious Raleigh and Albion hotels to the plush new Grand Beach Hotel to the business-budget-minded South Beach Courtyard. Virtually every class of service, location and amenity at a price point to fit any budget are offered. WMC is widely known as one of the highest hotel occupancy generating events of the year in the South Florida area – so book your hotel stay early.

Currently the WMC industry badge is being offered at a promotional Early Registration rate of $275 (over 40% off the walk up rate) until November 30th, which includes access to all official WMC events across the conference dates. Marketing opportunities are currently discounted by 30% through December 10, 2010.


WMC Office:
3450 NE 12th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Phone: (954) 563-4444 * Fax (954) 563-1599
Email: info@wintermusicconference.com

Prized Rangers’ prospect and junior Team USA captain Derek Stepan (above).

“His (Stepan’s) passing is all really top-end — under sticks and between skates to hit the right man that’s open all the time,” said Clark. “Everybody is watching the game, but Derek sees way more than all of us that are watching. Before he even gets the puck, he’s got a guy that he’s going to.”

http://rangers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=537623

Gordie Clark, author of the above quote and Director of Player Personnel for theNew York Rangers, obviously thinks very highly of Derek Stepan.  And so do we.  Clark has almost singlehandedly revamped the Rangers’ organization in a novel way for the Blueshirts–through the draft.  To be perfectly honest, we weren’t big on Stepan’s selection in 2008 when Clark grabbed the Minnesota native at # 51 overall.  A goofy looking kid still, Stepan was made to look all the more goofy back at the draft with low grade videos of the kid tap dancing, of all things.  I took a look, cringed, and thought, not NHL material.

Though NHL material is exactly what he is.  Stepan, out of Shattuck St. Mary’s–like Sidney Crosby and Zach Parise, went on to star in his 2 year stint at the University of Wisconsin, and last year, led junior Team USA to a gold as captain.  He will wear # 21 when the Rangers open their season tonight in Buffalo, and will center blue chip instigator Sean Avery and a big, hungry RW in Ruslan Fedotenko–more new blood for the Rangers and a Stanley Cup champion.

Fedotenko may be big, but if he were dropped to the 4th line, he’d be relatively small on the right of 6’7 Brian Boyle and 6’8 Derek Boogard.  Boogard is more new blood for this team, and comes in with a reputation as one of the most fierce enforcers in the game.  But he can’t play hockey right?  His zero regular season goals might suggest that to some, but Boogard is here to fight and to play.  When asked about his career long stay on the snide Boogard said he was looking to score in Buffalo Saturday night.  We like his attitude and absolutely love his fists.  And then there’s Brandon Prust, albeit a middle weight, but one who led the league in fighting majors.

A fighting team doesn’t necessarily win, but a winning team usually fights, figuratively and literally.  The biggest move the Rangers made to stamp out complacency on the team, by far, was by waiving D Wade Redden, the $ 39 M man who showed zero fight when he was in NY, who took the money and ran.  In his place this year will be big young defenseman Michael Sauer, who Rangers fans have been waiting for, and who most importantly, earned his way and wants to be here. 

This year?  It seems they all want to be here, and some might be extra motivated by being in contract years, like Callahan and Dubinsky–two of the league’s finer young American forwards.  Callahan grabbed a silver in Vancouver last winter, and we think that Dubinsky will be featured in a prominent role on the 2014 Olympic team.  As for this year, the Rangers are expecting big things from both, and from their young centerman, Artem Anisimov, the 6’4, 205 lbs. 22 year old, coming off an impressive rookie campaign. 

His countryman, Alexander Frolov, brought in to play with the Rangers’ most talented in-his-prime sniper/game changer, RW Marian Gaborik, perhaps ever.  Frolov, on a one year deal should flourish in New York, and needs to in order to secure a lucrative new contract.  Erik Christensen, a waiver claim from last season who played hard, and showed nice offensive skills, will be between the 2 Rangers big time wings. 

Coaching you ask?  Dumb-de-dumb-dumb.  We’ll say it.  We hate Tortorella.  For this team.  Did we love him in Tampa?  How could you not?  Winning the Stanley Cup from down 3 games to two, and needing a win on the road in Calgary to get back home for game 7, Tortorella gave his Bolts a stirring  speech during the pivotal intermission.  He told his troops that all the pressure was on them, that “the mayor of fucking Canada was in their locker room right now”–referring to the Canadian P.M.

Unfortunately for us, we think Torts might still believe Canada is governed by a mayor.  And we’ve come to see Tortorella in his time here as an ugly caricature–a screaming lunatic and a tyrant who, worse than that, does not hold all Rangers miscreants equally accountable.  This needs to be a kinder, gentler Tortorella, especially with our youth, and the coach must divorce himself of his awful habit of tethering guys to the bench. 

As for Henrik Lundqvist, we’ve saved the best for last.  The Swedish gold medal goalie who loves house music.  Is that king or god?  Neither, ’til he delivers the cup.  But he gets extra points for going to Pacha.  But Henrik?  Tiesto?  You can do better than trance, my man, but I’d even be willing to suffer Tiesto for a 2nd Stanley Cup in my lifetime.

LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

One of the biggest music festivals in the world, the German Loveparade, an institution in electronic music since 1989, has been permanently cancelled today after 20 people died in a stampede Saturday and another 511 people suffered injuries at the site of this year’s Loveparade in Duisburg, Germany. 

The organizers of the festival, held in the town of Duisburg, have been under scrutiny since the tragedy on Saturday, when thousands of concert-goers tried to exit through a tunnel which was the only entrance to the venue. The head of the German National Police told the NME that he urged Love Parade organizers to cancel the festival last year because the venue was too small. According to AP reports, German prosecutors say an investigation into possible charges of negligent homicide will be aimed “at persons unknown.”

Reports also said that in order to prevent further panic, the festival continued for hours after the stampede, and many continued dancing without any knowledge of the deaths. Associated Press video footage shows attendees climbing over barricades and performing CPR on other fans while music plays in the background.

Loveparade, perhaps Europe’s best known music festival, had received complaints in recent years that their venues were too small for the massive crowds.  The 2004 and 2005 Loveparades in Bochum, Germany, and 2009’s Loveparade in Berlin were cancelled out of fears for these concerns.  While Loveparade dates back to 1989 in Germany, 16 other cities world wide have hosted Loveparades, including San Francisco and Little Rock, Arkansas, in the United States.

I was very saddened to hear of this tragedy, despite my own concerns about crowd control over the event which I have had since attending Ultra Festival in Miami, and seeing the difficult conditions that arise from an event with that many congregants.  My friends and I originally wanted to attend the Winter Music Conference in Miami specifically for Ultra, but we ended up being lucky that we were able to stay in the cab when we saw the crowd at Ultra, coupled with the building heat and Miami sun on a very hot afternoon.  Turning a city into an active rave may be a Utopian concept at this point, especially when the lore of something like Loveparade grows each year, and with law enforcement already predisposed against such events where so many drugs wil be consumed, basically, in public, and where police agencies are stretched so thin by such an all encompassing event.

A tremendous amount of new music comes out of Loveparade each year, and we will be sorry to forego it, as we are also very sorry for all the families who lost loved ones and for those who were injured in Germany on Saturday.  And we’ll hold out hope that some electronic music festival steps in to fill the huge void that was created by the permanent cancellation of Europe’s most well known festival. 

Deejay Tiesto headlined Saturday’s festivities in which the mayhem occurred.

Be Careful,

Crack (http;//crackbillionair.wordpress.com)