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2017 MN Music Summit: Breaking Down Walls

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This 3-day festival and conference for artists, fans, and music industry professionals brings a taste of SXSW to the Twin Cities with workshops, industry panels, parties and a special conversation with Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. Featuring performances by Minnesota's hottest new talents, including NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea, indie/pop favorite Gramma's Boyfriend and Somali fusion band Ambassadors of Culture featuring Dalmar Yare, Holly Muñoz, Al Church, Martin Dosh and more! This year our theme is "Breaking Down Walls," exploring music across artistic, cultural & physical boundaries. Join us and 1,000+ artists and industry professionals as we we gather to discuss timely issues affecting artists and our music communities.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Summit wristbands get you in to all daytime events and the Thursday night kickoff party. Summit Premium Badges give you access to all conference events, including daytime events, evening performances and private parties (*).

Thursday, April 20
Summit Brewing Company (910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul)
6:00-8:00 pm: Kickoff Party
Check in, get your swag bags and mingle with artists and industry professionals over beer and eats. With special guest St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who will present this year's Minnesota Music Champion Award to singer and community activist Jayanthi Kyle.


Friday, April 21
McNally Smith College of Music (19 E. Exchange St., St. Paul)
10:00 am: Coffee/Sign up for Mentoring Sessions (Atrium-outside auditorium)

10:30-11:30 am: One-on-One Mentoring Sessions (Atrium-outside auditorium)
Sign up for 15-minute speed mentoring sessions with Craig Grossman (booking/management), Masami Kawazato (grants), David Priebe (booking/management).

12:00 pm: Keynote Address with Dalmar Yare (Auditorium)
Somali born musician Dalmar Yare talks about his experience as an immigrant artist and forming cross-cultural partnerships. Introduced by Grace Evenson of the Cedar Cultural Center.

1:00 pm: Anatomy of a Music Video with HALEY (Room 70)
Musician HALEY (Bonar) and director Nicole Brending give a behind the scenes look at the video "Kismet Kill" and what went into making it. Sponsored by Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

2:00 pm: Composing for Media in a Global Market (Room 70)
Film, television and internet composer Chris Beaty will dissect scores and film clips, investigate scoring approaches and talk about communication and collaboration in the digital age. Sponsored by American Composers Forum & Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

Soap Factory (514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis)
*7:00-8:00 pm: Private Music & Film Social Hour
Network with musicians, filmmakers and composers over beer and light eats. Sponsored by Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

*8:00-11:30 pm: Music Video Gallery Show feat. live music by Gramma's Boyfriend & Graveyard Club
View the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival's top MN Made Music Videos and enjoy live music from indie/pop gems Gramma's Boyfriend & Graveyard Club. Sponsored by Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Beer and food truck available. All ages. For single tickets to this event, please click here.

Saturday, April 22
McNally Smith College of Music (19 E. Exchange St., St. Paul)
8:45 am: Coffee / Sign up for Mentoring Sessions (Room 70)

9:00 am: Placement! Music in Motion Pictures (Room 70)
Top entertainment lawyers Ken Abdo & Rochelle Claerbaut explore the usages, placement and other legal aspects of music in the various forms of motion pictures available today. Sponsored by Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

9:30 am-10:30 am: One-on-One Mentoring Sessions (Atrium-outside auditorium)
Sign up for 15-minute speed mentoring sessions with Angie Carlson (publicity/A&R), Kyle Heino (marketing/management), Martin Devaney (artist/booking).

10:00 am: Legal Assistance for Musicians (Room 70)
Minnesota Justice Foundation sponsors this legal clinic where you can get free one-on-one help from law students and attorneys familiar with entertainment law.

11:00 am-12:30 pm: Conversation with Stephin Merritt (Auditorium)
The Magnetic Fields frontman talks about his creative process and his ambitious new song project. Hosted by The Current's Mark Wheat and followed by audience Q&A.

1:00-3:00 pm: Chair Massage (Atrium-outside auditorium)
Take a break and get a free 5-minute massage from LittleTree Therapy!

1:00 pm: Women in the Music Industry (Auditorium)
Stacy Nathan (Live Nation), Holly Hansen (live sound engineer/musician), Grace Evenson (Cedar Cultural Center), Kimberly Gottschalk (Sue McLean & Associates), and Ava Diedrich (Walker West, 612Collection) talk about breaking down gender bias in the music business. Sponsored by Catalyst Music/The GARAGE.

1:00 pm: 10 Things You're Doing Wrong (Room 70)
Jonatha Brooke (artist), Tom Loftus (Modern Radio Record Label) and Ellen Stanley (MN Music Coalition/KFAI Radio) break down what keeps artists from achieving success and how you can avoid some of these pitfalls.

2:00 pm: Wearing Multiple Hats (Auditorium)
Learn about the delicate art of balancing different projects and get tips on how to maximize your time and not burn out from experienced professionals: Darien Washington (Rhymesayers Associate, First Avenue, Tour Manager), Youa Vang (City Pages, Artist Manager, Merch Designer), Mikaela Jensen (In the Groove Music Consultant, Musician, Merch Seller, Box Office Attendant), Kenny Ornberg (Natioanl Recording Academy, Band Gear Graphics, Interscope, Geffen, A&M Records), and Nicole Fallon Breidel (The GARAGE, SoFar Sounds). Sponsored by Catalyst Music/The GARAGE.

2:00 pm: Touring MN: Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide (Room 70)
Bonnie Schock (Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing), Jacinta Macheel Zens (Lake Region Arts Council, Fergus Falls), Jessica Paxton (Tavern/95.1 The One, Northfield) and Emma Deaner (Glensheen, Duluth) talk about booking and touring in different Minnesota music communities

3:00 pm: Demystifying the Grant Process (Room 70)
Artists, funders and grant writers offer useful tips on how individual musicians can access grant money. With Carl Atiya Swanson (Springboard for the Arts), Kathee Foran (Minnesota State Arts Board), John Munson (The New Standards) and Becky Hoffmann (grant writer).

4:00 pm: Making Music Accessible with Gaelynn Lea (Auditorium)
NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea talks about how to make the music scene more accessible for people with disabilities. CART captioned.

Eclipse Records (419 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul)
5:30-6:30 pm: MN Music Summit Record Store Day Party
Featuring live music from Feven Gebrezgi and 10% off all local releases! Free and all ages.


Amsterdam Bar and Hall (6 W. 6th Street, St. Paul)
*6:30 pm: Music Industry Happy Hour (back hall)
Continue the conversation with artists and panelists at a pre-show party with drinks and eats.

*8:00-11:00 pm: Grand Finale Concert with Galeynn Lea, Ambassadors of Culture, Annie Mack
Rochester blues talent Annie Mack, Duluth violinist/singer Gaelynn Lea and Somali fusion band Ambassadors of Culture feat. Dalmar Yare, Holly Muñoz, Al Church, Martin Dosh & more perform an eclectic night of music! 18+. For single tickets to this event, please click here.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

SPONSORS:
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Summit Brewing
89.3 The Current
McNally Smith College of Music
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
American Composers Forum
Catalyst Music / The GARAGE
KFAI Radio
The Cedar

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