James Barton, Perry Farrell, Marc Geiger, Rob Light and Pasquale Rotella lead a group of EDMBiz speakersEdmbiz

James Barton, Perry Farrell, Marc Geiger, Rob Light and Pasquale Rotella lead a group of EDMBiz speakers

Now in its second year, the EDMBiz conference’s purpose is to promote and facilitate thoughtful discussion on topics relevant to dance music culture. At this year’s conference there will also be a comprehensive schedule of panel discussions, keynote speeches from James Barton, Perry Farrell, Marc Geiger, Rob Light, and Pasquale Rotella among others and promises to be a unique and thought-provoking experience.

In addition to the seminars, guests will also enjoy networking events at The Cosmopolitan during EDC Week, June 18-20 2013. Attendees will also have access to nightclub parties at Marquee, TAO, Lavo and more.

Read more info on the keynote speeches after the break.

This year’s keynotes will include a conversation with CAA Managing Partner and Head of Worldwide Music Rob Light. Rob will discuss CAA’s global EDM strategy, its relevance to the agency’s film and TV business, and the Daft Punk effect.

Another keynote will be a conversation between Marc Geiger (head of William Morris Endeavor’s music division) and Perry Farrell. During their session the two will reflect on their collaboration as co-creators of the game-changing festival “Lollapalooza” in 1991. These two pioneers will offer insight into the progression of electronic dance music by recalling their own experiences and engaging the audience in an open discussion about the genre’s effect on the modern music scene.

“I was most impressed with the quality of discourse and participation last year. People came ready to learn and contribute to the growth of the scene,” said returning host and co-curator Jason Bentley. “There were big thinkers and big ideas in the room. People come to EDMbiz to make a difference.”

“On the one hand EDMbiz is about creating business opportunities, learning and networking, but on the other hand it’s also about discussing the steps the industry must take to preserve the unique elements of dance music events that make them so special,” said Pasquale Rotella, CEO and founder of Insomniac. “We place a lot of focus on the fans and their voice will be heard at this year’s conference alongside artists, visionaries, and executives.”

EDMbiz has added mentoring sessions with top industry professionals and small-forum breakout discussions that will give aspiring newcomers an opportunity to engage industry leaders directly. Also planned is the first EDM uber-fan panel, the launch of the SkyLight project to promote the advancement of women in the business of dance music founded by Stephanie LaFera (owner of Little Empire Music) and Kerri Mason (dance music journalist and Billboard contributor), and the third meeting of industry advocacy group, the Association For Electronic Music, founded by Ben Turner (director of Graphite) and attorney Kurosh Nasseri. Dancing Astronaut‘s own CEO, Senthil Chidambaram, will also be attending as a guest panelist.

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