Edm Biz Announces Additional Programming & Keynote With Armin Van Buuren

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Insomniac unveils additional programming slated for the 5th Annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo, taking place Tuesday, June 14 through Thursday, June 16 at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. In addition to previously announced speakers, this year’s EDMbiz will feature a headlining keynote from renowned producer Armin van Buuren, and an in-depth discussion with Rob Light and some of CAA’s top agents during the Meet the Agency panel. EDMbiz will also be introducing a one-of-a-kind mentorship program hosted by Little Empire Music and SkyLight. This year’s EDMbiz will feature two distinct stages with a new programming experience, encompassing the conference’s three cornerstones: Experience, Technology and Aspiration. Audiences can expect the range of speakers and sessions to tackle the most pressing issues facing the dance industry today head on.

“We want to curate discussions that cover every facet in our industry,” said Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac Founder and CEO. “From the fans, to the entrepreneurs, to the artists, this year’s topics explore the questions being asked at every level of the business about where we are and what we can expect next. We’re extremely fortunate to have such a diverse, impressive group contribute to these panels.”

A few of the panels taking place and the ones we’re most excited to sit in on include:

– After the Drop: Where Do We Go From Here? The State of Dance Music

– Beyond the Boys’ Club: What’s Next for Women in Dance Music

– Billboard Dance Power Players 2016 Presentation

– Building the Next Big DJ

– Drugs in Dance Music: It’s Time for the Industry to Act

– Keynote: Pasquale Rotella

– Keynote: Bob Lefsetz, Author Lefsetz Letter

– Keynote: Armin van Buuren

– Show/Business: Entrepreneurs in Dance Music

Amidst a schedule packed with contemporaries sharing business insights and building relationships, Little Empire Music and SkyLight will team up to bring a different kind of collaboration to a dynamic environment aimed at building promise for our future. Little Empire, a music management company, founded by Stephanie LaFera, teamed up with music executive Kerri Mason in 2013 to develop SkyLight; aimed at supporting young females in the music business through mentorship, conference exchange and internship placement programs. Through focused mentorship sessions at EDMbiz, executives from the business will guide students in a personalized mentoring program designed to empower young mentees to understand a diverse range of topics pertaining to careers and business in the dance music industry. Advance sign-up for mentor sessions will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

As part of the returning EDMbiz A&R Contest, Insomniac Records, Discovery Project, and a hand-selected panel of EDMbiz judges will examine dozens of submissions to help elevate the exposure of a few lucky dance music hopefuls. From the submissions, four finalists will be selected to attend EDMbiz and, subsequently, two finalists will be chosen as grand-prize winners, filling two of Insomniac’s Discovery Project slots at Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas.

For more information and to purchase badges, please visit: www.edmbiz.com