Learn the Music Business at the 2012 Independent Music Conference in Hollywood, CA

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The Independent Music Conference seeks to help independent musicians achieve their goals as entrepreneurial business owners through the presentation of educational seminars, workshops, panel discussions, mentor sessions networking opportunities, performance instruction, evaluation and critique, and live performances.

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A real place for artists to gather real and useful, applicable knowledge and expand their contacts with real industry insiders who can help make a difference.

The deadline is rapidly approaching for indie musicians seeking commercial opportunity at the 13th Annual 2012 Independent Music Conference, Oct. 18-21 in Hollywood, CA, presented by indie heavyweight Noel Ramos.

The old path, which is still promoted by some, if not most music conferences, is to show up, hang out, pay to play a few songs for a “showcase,” and hope to get signed by a record label. Voila! Instant fame and fortune? Not for most, and especially in this current economy, which is seeing the quick decline of major record labels. But while the majors may be in decline, the independent music industry is in rapid expansion.

The new path for musicians is to take control of their business, and that's where IMC2012 steps in with an intense focus on education and networking for independent artists. Around 125 industry experts conduct workshops, give seminars, mentor one on one, and cover all aspects of the independent music business. And since it's a music conference and there is no separate fee to perform, participants can expect to enjoy many live performances and guest appearances by several top names in the business including Jill Sobule, a true pioneer of the idea behind crowd funding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

As many past participants attest, IMC can be a big career-booster. Singer/songwriter, Ziva Hadar had these very kind words to say: “This conference has already had a huge impact on my life. I am so grateful to have met Noel and the instructor team, who have all been incredibly professional, knowledgeable and kind. They have been an invaluable resource to me personally and to all of the conference attendees, continuously providing relevant and up-to-date information via the IMC Facebook group and online mentoring sessions.”

This ongoing education and networking that the IMC provides year-round to its registrants is just another way the conference stays true to its educational mission… "So many music conferences just pay mere lip service to the artists that pay to attend them, but Noel has made certain that the IMC is completely different --a real place for artists to gather real and useful, applicable knowledge and expand their contacts with real industry insiders who can help make a difference." — Emiko Carlin, President, The 6423 Ltd.

“Any artist who is serious about building an entrepreneurial business model centered on their creative output will benefit greatly from attending IMC2012,” says the Director, Noel Ramos, “as will peripheral industry members. Since the late '80s I've been a trailblazer for the independent music market, and as an early adopter, I used the internet to promote and advance the industry, helping it grow from a handful of artists and businesses into a multi-billion dollar, global market. The IMC has always been on the cutting edge of the internet and new technologies, teaching the techniques, tactics, tips and methods for utilizing social networking sites as well other technologies.”

In addition to founding (2002), organizing and hosting the IMC, Ramos is the publisher of InterMixx independent music magazine, covering the world of indie music since 1988, and the owner of IndieGate.com, a major retail hub for indie music sales.

This will be the 13th Annual Independent Music Conference. The registration fee for IMC2012 is still only $90 for early bird registration and $109 at the door. Just click on the register button at IMC2012.com to take advantage of the discount.

IMC2012 is sponsored by Sennheiser, Musicians Institute, Rockethub, Reverbnation, Connecticut Songwriters Association, COSMO, Songnet, Songsalive!, Grit PR & Promotion and others.

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