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New Yellow Phone Music Conference Brings A Little SXSW Flavor To Milwaukee

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A little over 25 years ago a small music conference called SXSW kicked off in Austin, Texas. Today, the same music conference has become one of the largest in the world and not only inlcude music, but film and interactive sessions.  A new conference in Milwaukee called the Yellow Phone Music Conference will kick off its inaugural year September 30 through October 2. This new conference will have a focus on helping and connecting up-and-coming unsigned talent and new industry professionals, which was one of the original mission of the first SXSW.

This three day conference will consist of panels, sessions and performance showcases from artists and bands from a variety of genres. So far the Yellow Phone music conference have book several panelists including Jeff Castelaz (co-founder of Dangerbird Records, and Pablove Foundation), Tom Windish (president of Windish Agency - booker of some of the countries best artist and bands), Ken Abdo (vice president of Lommen Abdo law firm), Bonny Dolan (executive producer & artist liason of Comma Music), and Lucas Keller (works for the management company The Collective out of Los Angeles). You can find more details on the panelists here. The conference will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. 

The conference is also looking for bands and artists to perform showcases.  If you an artist of band you can apply via Sonicbids. Currently, it looks like the conference has booked three bands: Ume, The Fatty Acids, and Walk The Moon.

There will be more details posted on the conference's website in the near future. You can purchase a badge to the conference at the early bird rate of $99. The price goes up as the conference get closer to the kick off date.

About the conference (from website):

Yellow Phone Music Conference (YPMC) is a three day gathering of talented artists and music professionals. YPMC will present engaging panel discussions and mentor sessions with experienced, respected leaders in the music business, bringing professionals, artists and fans together to share ideas and discover new opportunities.

Yellow Phone is a more focused version of larger conferences which seem to have become less accessible to up-and-coming talent and new industry professionals. The priorities of those conferences have been redirected toward launching signed acts instead of showcasing undiscovered talent. Yellow Phone, on the other hand, is focused on the unsigned artists. With fewer artists and fewer venues, the quality of the talent presented is paramount.

Yellow Phone's goal is to bring together career oriented artists and positive, forward-thinking leaders in today's music business, taking the best qualities of the larger industry conferences and downsizing them into a concentrated, quality experience with powerful, pertinent takeaways.