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International Music Conference connects US and UK music scene
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International Music Conference connects US and UK music scene

A cross-cultural collective of established and emerging music industry members from London and the U.S. gathered in Atlanta Sept. 21-24 for the inaugural International Music Conference (IMC).  

The vision of Julia Huie-Martin, a London native and founder of The Bridge Public Relations -the recurrent theme of IMC was “Bridging the Gap.”  Producers, songwriters, DJs and varied music professionals attended a bevy of industry events over four days to network, explore opportunities within the global multi-billion 'pound' music industry, and glean inspiration from notable music pioneers.

Events kicked off Thur. Sept. 22, with a private reception hosted by Miss Black Britain at Mbar Lounge.  Special guests included Multi-platinum producer and rapper Drumma Boy, songwriter Damieon Perkins, DJ Trauma and Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall, who gave high praise to event organizers.

“The organizers of the International Music Conference know the international music scene inside and out. I was struck by their seriousness and their generosity. They want to encourage collaboration between creatives, but they also want to ensure that their peers are knowledgeable about the hurdles they will face along the way,” Hall said.

Drumma Boy offered gainful advice to those eager to enter the industry and expressed that his desire to “share conversation and to vibe with international markets,” influenced his participation in the event. 

He added that remaining humble always and follow up are two of the most the most important things anyone can do in the industry.

Thursday's schedule included a star-studded producer showcase panel hosted by Jazze Pha, with guest judges Drumma Boy, Bryan-Michael Cox, Chuck Harmony, Bangladesh, Miykal Snoddy, and J Que. Up and coming producers battled at the event for a chance to work with a chart-topping artist from Europe. The winner, Hannibal, walked away with Dallas Austin’s Beat Thang Machine, a private one-on-one mentoring session with Dallas Austin and free publicity to help launch his international career.

A separate DJ Mix-Off competition was held along with the producer showcase, with DJ PNut from Lansing, MI claiming the prize of an expense-paid trip to Europe, a trophy and play at an exclusive UK party, and a top London radio station. DJ Trauma, DJ Green Lantern, DJ Don Cannon and 1xtra’s DJ Play (UK) judged the Mix-Off, hosted by Core DJs CEO, Tony.

Independent artist were offered a similar opportunity Friday, with an Artist Showcase coordinated by Hip Hop Enquirer.  Up and coming artist performed live before industry members at Primal, for a chance at securing the “coveted” record deal.

IMC concluded Saturday with day-long workshops, panels, advice and feedback.

“It’s great to build relationships internationally,” said Mista Silk, a publicist who traveled from London for the conference.  “I came because I know Julia's work from London, and also for the Atlanta experience and culture.  Atlanta is the entertainment capital of America where people can achieve and succeed”

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