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Launch Music Conference Announces 2017 Panelists


(February 4, 2017) – Launch Music Conference is set to return to the beautiful Lancaster, PA for its ninth year, April 13-16! The instrumental conference and festival has welcomed some of today’s top musicians and music executives to speak and perform to a crowd of artists and industry go-getters. The jam-packed event, full of panels, seminars, parties, events, and performances, have welcomed artists such as Panic! at the Disco, Atreyu, twenty one pilots, Meghan Trainor, Foxy Shazam, PnB Rock, Yazz the Greatest (B. Gray of TV’s “Empire”) and more.

Launch Music Conference recently announced the official panelist list to include heavy-hitters:

Eva Alexiou-Reo (Fata Booking), Jen Appel (The Catalyst Publicity Group), Curran Blevins (Fram Projects / AllNaturalAthlete), Tim Borror (United Talent Agency), Jonny Boucher (Hope for the Day), Mike Carpenter (Adjust Creative), Heather Griffith (Fearless Records), Michael Kealey (Motor Scout Music), Jen Kellogg (The Entertainment Institute), Kyla Lombardo (KLL Marketing), Kevin Lyman (4Fini Inc.), Stephanie Maksimow (The Catalyst Publicity Group), Finn Mckenty (CreativeLive), Dave McWane (Big D and the Kids Table), Mike Mowery (Outerloop Management), Randy Nichols (Force Media Management), Lou Plaia (ReverbNation), Nikhil Potdar (Outerloop Management), John Riccardi (Eventbrite), Dan Rozenblum (Circle Talent Agency), Carl Severson (Good Fight Entertainment LLC), David Silbaugh (Summerfest), Deborah Zuke Smith (zuketunes LLC), Brian Storm (Rock Feed), Eric Tobin (Hopeless Records), Kate Truscott (4Fini Inc.), Annie Weeks (Atlantic – Artist Promoter), Jeremy Weiss (Launch Music Conference & Festival/The CI Companies), Maria Gironas (Reybee PR), Mark Schulz (The Recording Academy), Jim Digby (Production Manager Linkin Park, Event Safety Alliance), Larry Martin (Fake Life), Kristen Schlosser (We Are Team Hans), Darby Moeller (Sixthman), Brian Rosenblatt (Bryce Downey & Lenkov, LLC), Jeanne Hoffmann (Bryce Downey & Lenkov, LLC), Christine Feola (Dark City Entertainment / House of Independents)

Founder, Jeremy Weiss had this to say about the forthcoming event:

LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival has grown into a known, highly anticipated Conference & Festival, nationwide, and 2017 will not disappoint!  With The Entertainment Institute directing the educational and networking program, the Conference programming is current, relevant, and applicable.  Through our carefully selected panelists and instructors, the acquired knowledge and networking opportunities are can’t-miss.  The nighttime Festival portion is a BLAST, chock full of non-stop performances by over 200 original artists, across all genres, over 3 nights.  We can’t WAIT to unveil these programs in the coming months, and we can’t WAIT to see you at LAUNCH 2017!”

Launch Music Conference has staged more than 1500 artists over the last eight years, with 200+ acts performing across 11 venues and 15 stages all happening in the beautiful Lancaster County Convention Center and surrounding venues. The conference covers topics such as artist management, publishing, festivals, touring and more giving artists and attendees a well-rounded look at today’s music industry. In 2016 Launch Music conference welcomed over 3,000 registered attendees and enjoyed over 12,000 people throughout the weekend with 23 total instructional panels (over 12+ hours of education) hosted by The Entertainment Institute, an LA based music education program founded by Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour). For a full re-cap of the event, Springwood Productions captured every moment from panels to showcases and more in this 2016 video.

Artists interested in showcasing at Launch Music Conference are able to submit now with a $20 performance application fee. Individuals interested in attending Launch Music Conference can purchase individual badges for Friday and Saturday at $20, Weekend standard badge at $35, and the weekend VIP badge for $55. For additional information head over to

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