The International Music Festival Conference Announces 2009 Agenda and Panelists

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The International Music Festival Conference has announced the agenda and key panelists for their annual three day event taking place December 6-8th 2009 in Las Vegas.

The International Music Festival Conference has announced the agenda and key panelists for their annual three day event taking place December 6-8th 2009 in Las Vegas.

The conference, which will be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will begin on Sunday with an opening keynote and will be followed by cocktails. The following two days will be filled with networking events, presentations, and workshops hosted by some of the brightest minds in the music festival industry.

Some of presentations and panels announced include: "The Future of Music Festivals", "Marketing Strategies that Work", and "Unlocking your Festivals Ticketing Potential".

"The Future of Music Festivals" will focus on the explosion of the music festival business, and how it has become one of the biggest developments in the concert industry over the last two years. Some of the top festival producers and talent buyers in the business will talk about how artists, agents, venues, managers, and others can maximize these events and will discuss where the market is headed.

"Marketing Strategies that Work" will discuss one of the greatest challenges music festivals face, marketing your music. It is well known that a festival director can put together the greatest festival in the world, but if audiences and other interested parties do not know about the event it could very well be your last. The audience will get to hear from an experienced group of professionals and engage in a Q&A session that will shed light on successful marketing and public relation strategies.

A panel centered around "Unlocking your Festivals Ticketing Potential", will provide a comparison of ticketing, and past models addressing the pro's and con's along with companies to consider working with. Attendees will get to hear what models are appropriate for your music festival, printing issues, day of sale issues, fraud, online sales, dealing with scalpers, and much more.

Those attending the conference will be able to discover the latest trends in music festival: operations & management, ticketing, sponsorship, programming, marketing & public relations, and many more.

Speakers at this year's event include Rick Farman, Co-Founder and Partner of Superfly Productions; Ashley Capps, President & CEO of AC Entertainment; Sean Ahern, Director of Development & Programming of the Harmony Festival; John Phillips, Director of Sponsorship of the George Wein's Jazz Festival 55; Bruce Labadie, San Jose Jazz Festival Director; Ken Hayes, Owner & Founder Gathering of the Vibes; Brent Currier, EVP Sales & Marketing with Extremix; Dave Margulies, Director of the High Sierra Music Festival; Stephen Weisz, CEO of In Ticketing; Laura Grunfeld, CEO, Everyone's Invited; Jason Olaine, Artistic Director, Newport Jazz Fest & Yoshi's; Gina Montana, Marketplace & Art Expo Producer Director, Essence Music Festival; and Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing, & Communications, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation.

Sponsors for the International Music Festival Conference include Kids First, K2 Imaging, InTicketing, Brown Paper Tickets, SCHED, Shubert Ticketing, ClickNPrint, Enta, Celebrity Access, and Production Hub.

About the International Music Festival Conference (IMFCON):

The International Music Festival Conference is the only conference addressing the issues facing the music festival industry. The IMFCON mission is to promote and strengthen the global music festival industry through education, networking, dissemination of information, and the cultivation of high standards for the industry.

The IMFCON was founded in 2007 and provides the only annual conference & symposium for music festival professionals and entertainment executives to network, learn from one another, establish partnerships, and understand the latest trends in festivals and music.


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