DFW Music Industry Summit

Monday, March 11, 2024 • Noon - 5:00pm

at Four Corners Brewing Company (1311 S Ervay St, Dallas, TX 75215)

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About The Summit

Join us for a single day conference covering important music industry topics that you need to know to take your career to the next level.

The day will be filled with panels, workshops, and speakers in 4 different tracks.

Your ticket includes all speakers, access to our networking happy hour, and a ticket to our evening music showcase with 4 bands from around the world (6-10:30pm).

Tickets are $30.00 in advance, and $45.00 at the door.

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Keynote Speaker

Shain Shapiro is a globally recognised thought leader at the convergence of music, culture and urban policy. This is showcased in his debut book, This Must Be The Place: How Music Can Make Your City Better, released via Repeater Books in September 2023.

Shain has defined a new way to think about the value of music in cities and places and through it, influenced over 120 cities and places to invest in music and culture as founder and executive chairman of Sound Diplomacy and founder and executive director of the not-for-profit global Center for Music Ecosystems.

He has authored authoritative reports on the role of music in cities, tourism, the night time economy, real estate and recovery, including the most extensive guide to music and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ever written, in partnership with the United Nations. He has spoken at hundreds of global conventions, such as SXSW and the UN World Urban Forum and delivered the first ever TEDx talk on music’s role in cities. He is also the recipient of Folk Alliance International’s Spirit of Folk Award in 2022.

Shain holds a PhD from the University of London and lives in East London, and is leading a module on music policy at the Harvard-affiliated Global Leaders Institute. He has also authored a course with Berklee College of Music on international music export, and helped create the Momentum Music Fund in England.


11:00 am - Noon | Doors Open, Registration, Coffee and Networking
Noon - 12:10 pm | Event Kickoff
12:10 pm - 12:40pm |
12:50 pm - 1:30 pm | Latin Music Roundtable - Discussing the state of the Latin Music industry and how to break new artists into the US Market
1:40 pm - 2:20 pm | Music Journalist Panel with
2:30 pm - 3:10 pm | How to Get Booked and Why You Should Book Your Own Shows with Harley Jennette (Founder, New New Festival & Double Booking Co)
3:20 pm - 4:00 pm | The Best Marketing and Release Strategy with Natasha Brito (Founder of Austere, former Creative Director at Sony Music and Pizza Hut)
4:20 pm - 5:00 pm | Keynote with Shain Shapiro | Music Cities: Why cities need to think about music more and music needs to think about cities more.
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Networking + Happy Hour
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm | Evening Music Showcases (4 bands)

Tracks + Topics

Track A: Music Business 101 for Artists

Covering all the key things that artists need to know to be successful in today's music industry.

  • Release Strategy
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Touring Successfully
  • Distribution, Publishing, and Rights
  • Accounting & Legal

Track B: Music Industry and Careers

Covering important topics on the business side of the industry.

  • Artist Management
  • Talent Buying / Venue Management
  • Radio Careers
  • Record Labels
  • Ask Me Anything with the New New Festival Organizer

Track C: Music Cities

Community building and public policy / government's role in supporting a healthy music community.

  • Creating Safe Places at Night (with Bryan Tony, 24HourDallas)
  • Local Music Champions
  • DFW Music City Showcase

Track D: NUEVO - Latin Music Industry Topics

Discussing the state of the Latin Music industry and how to break new artists into the US Market.

  • State of the Latin Music Industry
  • Promoting and breaking Latin acts into the Texas and US Market