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MIA Music Summit to converge music industry, emerging technologies

Fresh off the success of SIME MIA last month, the MIA Collective announced its next tech conference: the MIA Music Summit on March 24 at New World Center in Miami Beach. The summit will be preceded by a Music Hack Day on March 22-23 at The LAB Miami in Wynwood, also organized by MIA Collective.

Timed for a week when the Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival are going on, MIA Music Summit aims to converge the traditional music industry with emerging technologies, said Demian Bellumio, one of the conference organizers. The conference, which is sponsored by the Knight Foundation,  will include 30 to 40 keynote speakers from around the world,  panel discussions, demos and musical performances and will explore trends in digital music and audio hardware. The conference will end with a live concert, Bellumio said. About 20 speakers have been confirmed so far. They include: David Porter of 8Tracks, Andrea Leonelli of Digital Music Trends, Clyde Smith of HypeBot.com  and Oscar Celma of Gracenote.

“The traditional music industry has suffered a lot over the last decade, and it desperately needs the disruption, investment, innovation and entrepreneurial energy, all of which the startup community can provide.  So, what better way to help the local music ecosystem than to create an environment that helps technology startups get closer to these traditional businesses?” said Bellumio, who is COO of Senzari, which recently released MusicGraph for big data and is growing its Wahwah Network.

In light of the recent comments by Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Bellumio hopes to engage the mayor, as well as other political and community leaders, in a panel discussion about why and how to build a music tech hub in Miami and Miami Beach, where the music industry already thrives.

“All the building blocks are here. What we need to do it organize ourselves and make sure the traditional music ecosystem unites with the tech ecosystem,” said Bellumio. Those building blocks include offices for Warner Music, Universal, Sony, Batanga, MTV, Viacom, Nickelodeon, SBS, Univision/Fusion and Telemundo, as well as record labels, studios and of course the artists themselves. Add to that conferences and events like Ultra, the Winter Music Conference and  the Latin Grammys, and a growing digital music presence with Senzari and Choose Digital.

Building on the base, organizers hope Music Hack Day, March 22-23 at The LAB, will attract 50-100 developers to dream up the next music startups. The top five finalists will present at the MIA Music Sumit.

To register for the summit: MMS.co. Use code heraldvip to get 25 percent off the early bird price of $299.