2019 MN Music Summit: Building Creative Communities

April 10 – 14   |   St. Paul / Minneapolis

Summit Wristbands & Premium Badges Available at All Events!

This year the annual music conference and festival expands to 5 days, bringing a taste of SXSW to the Twin Cities with keynote conversations, music workshops, industry panels, networking events, films and performances by Minnesota’s top artists and bands. Open to artists, industry professionals and fans of all ages, genders and backgrounds, this year’s Summit will be themed around building creative communities, providing opportunities for 1,000+ musicians and fans to gather at University of St. Thomas and other Twin Cities venues to discuss timely issues affecting artists and our regional music communities. Featuring talks and performances by local and national talent, including Astronautalis, Maria Isa, Jonatha Brooke, PaviElle, Static Panic, Lady Lark and Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer.

Tickets

Schedule

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

Icehouse (2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis)
8 pm: Pre-Show Party*
Premium Badge holders can get in early and enjoy a free pre-show drink.

9 pm: Midwest Music Exchange Kickoff Concert*
Featuring bands from Minneapolis, Winnipeg and Milwaukee, including Lady Lark (R&B/Funk), Silence Kit (Grunge/Rock) and Zed Kenzo (Hip-Hop). Sponsored by The Current, Radio MilwaukeeManitoba Music and Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis. Cover: $7 / FREE with Summit Premium Badge.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

Summit Brewing (910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul)
6-8 pm: International Music Industry Reception - FREE
Pick up your badges and wristbands, and meet artists, DJs and industry professionals from Manitoba, Minnesota and beyond. Featuring beer, eats and live music from Daddy Squeeze. Sponsored by Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis and Visit Saint Paul.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

University of St. Thomas-Brady Education Center (2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul)
9 am: Coffee / Sign up for Mentoring Sessions (Rm 107)
Sign up for 15-minute speed mentoring sessions with a variety of booking, media and film professionals.

9:30-10:30 am: One-on-One Mentoring Sessions (Atrium)
Ask questions from a variety of booking, media and arts professionals from MRAC, Green Room Music Source, Cedar Cultural Center and more. Must be present to sign up.

10-11 am: Touring Canada (Rm 110)
Reps from Manitoba Music and The Current team up to provide an overview of what you need to know to enter the Canadian music market including festivals, touring, recording, radio, and more. Sponsored by Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis

11 am: Keynote Address (Rm 120 - Recital Hall) - FREE
Rappers Astronautalis and Maria Isa talk about how they have found and built community in the Twin Cities. Introduced by Mark Wheat of The Current. Sponsored by LUM.

12 pm: Re-Imagining Classical Music & Dance w/Brooklyn Rider & Ragamala Dance
(Rm 110)
String quartet Brooklyn Rider and Ragamala Dance Company talk about their new collaboration, combining South Indian dance and contemporary classical music, previewing their performance that night at The O'Shaughnessy. With Ashwini Ramaswamy (Ragamala), Colin Jacobsen (Brooklyn Rider), Nicholas Cords (Brooklyn Rider). Hosted by Kathleen Spehar (The O'Shaughnessy).

Community Conversations (Rm LL13)
12:30-1:30 pm: Getting Out of Your Funk: How to Stay Resilient in the Music Business
Conversations with artists about how they have dealt with band breakups, down periods and obstacles in their careers. With Mark Mallman (Musician, Author), Molly Maher (Musician, Promoter) and Adam Levy (The Honeydogs).

1:30-2:30 pm: Growing Music in Greater Minnesota
Musicians and arts organizers talk about strategies for building community and developing a career outside of a bigger market. With Brandon Sampson (Six Mile Grove), Josh Whalen (Whalen and the Willows), Emma Deaner (Superior Siren) and Kyle Heino (Day2Day Management).

Funding Workshops (Rm LL13)
2:30-3:30 pm: Demystifying the Grant Process
Learn about the inner workings of the grant decision-making process. With Jovan C. Speller (Metropolitan Regional Arts Council), Emmy Carter (Cedar Cultural Center), Bobby Maher (Grant Writer, WoolsMGMT).

3:30-4:30: Patreon & Beyond
How to galvanize your fan base to fund your music all year long. With Charlie McCarron (Composer, Producer, Host of Composer Quest Podcast).

PR Workshops (Rm 110)
1-2 pm: Meet the DJs
Meet local DJs and learn how you can get played on local stations. With Mark Wheat (The Current), Emily Reese (KBEM-Jazz88), Doc (KFAI Radio) and Jessica Paxton (95.1 The One). Sponsored by KBEM-Jazz88.

2-3 pm: Being Your Own Radio Promoter
Learn how independent artists successfully launched their own national radio campaigns. With Sarah Morris and Ellen Stanley (Red House Records, Mother Banjo). Sponsored by KBEM-Jazz88.

3-4 pm: Pitching Your Music to Media
Chris Riemenschneider from Star Tribune talks about how to develop relationships with local media. Hosted by Leah Honsky (KFAI Radio). Sponsored by KBEM-Jazz88.

Green Room Music Source Offices (844 Grand Ave, Suite 5, St, Paul)
5:00-6:00 pm: Music Industry Happy Hour*
Meet locally based agents and managers over drinks and eats.

Out & About: Experience Music & Art in the Twin Cities
Explore an eclectic array of Twin Cities performances that highlight the intersection of music, film and dance. Use your Summit Premium Badge to get in to any of these free/discounted art events or pay at the door to go to any one performance:

Parkway Theater (4814 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis)
7 pm: Member Concert w/Fathom Lane, Sarah Morris, Faith Boblett*
Check out a special concert by member artists Fathom Lane (indie/folk), Sarah Morris (Americana) and Faith Boblett (pop/rock). Tickets: $10 adv / $15 door / FREE with Summit Premium Badge. Buy concert tickets here.

St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Minneapolis)
7 pm: Mr. Jimmy (film screening)*
Check out the first local screening of the documentary making a splash at SXSW. The film follows guitar virtuoso Jimmy Sakurai, who has made an international career paying homage to the music of Jimmy Page. Presented by Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. FREE with Summit Premium Badge. Recommended you call ahead to MSPIFF to reserve your tickets: Just tell them you have a Summit Premium Badge.

The O'Shaughnessy (2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul)
7:30 pm: Ragamala Dance Company & Brooklyn Rider (music/dance)**
In this split bill evening, two internationally renowned ensembles reimagine classical chamber music and South Asian dance for contemporary viewers. Tickets: $30-$35 / Discount with Summit Premium Badge. Buy tickets here.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - MN Music Day!

University of St. Thomas-Brady Education Center (2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul)
9 am: Coffee / Sign up for Mentoring Sessions (Rm 107)
Sign up for 15-minute speed mentoring sessions with a variety of booking, media and film professionals.

9:30-10:30 am: One-on-One Mentoring Sessions (Rm 110)
Ask questions from a variety of artist management, legal, licensing, educators and arts professionals from Green Room Music Source, Slam Academy, and more. Must be present to sign up. Must be present to sign up.

Multi-Disciplinary Art Workshops (Rm LL13-Lower Level)
10-11 am: CreativeMornings Presents: Connecting Across Artistic Disciplines - FREE
CreativeMornings MSP chapter hosts a conversation about partnering across disciplines.with creatives that work in music, photography, education, theater, social media, business and more. With Drew Gneiser (Creative Mornings Host, Author), Joe Horton (Emcee, Director, Co-Founder of FIX Music Collective), Steve Cole (Jazz Musician, University of St. Thomas Professor), Rebecca Slater (Photographer).

11 am-1 pm: Screens, Scenes and Music Themes (Rm LL13-Lower Level)
A panel discussion on legal and business issues to address in audio-video production on various media platforms. With Ken Abdo (Fox Rothschild LLP), Paul Bezilla (Fox Rothschild LLP), Christie Healey (American Public Media), Steve Cole (University of St. Thomas-Music Industry Studies). Presented by Fox Rothschild LLP Attorneys at Law and sponsored by Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

Legal Workshops (Rm 110)
11:30 am-1:30 pm: Legal Assistance for Musicians
Entertainment attorneys and law students from Minnesota Justice Foundation talk about common legal issues and offer free one-on-one legal help. With Tony Mendoza (Mendoza Law), Alex Mueller (A. Mueller Law) and Walter Lehmann (Lehmann PLC).

DIY Workshops (Rm 110)
1:30-2:30 pm: Booking Venues 
Venue reps and bookers give the inside scoop on how to get good gigs. With Sonia Grover (First Avenue), Diane Miller (Icehouse) and Jen Whittier (Aster Cafe).

2:30-3:30 pm: Designing a Lasting Artistic Career
Internationally renowned artist Jonatha Brooke shares her journey as a songwriter, dancer and actor.

3:30-4:30 pm: Kids on Board
Learn from other musician parents how to continue your musical career while still being an active mom or dad. 

Student Meetup (Rm LL13-Lower Level)
3-5 pm: Music Student Meetup
College students from St. Thomas, Mankato State, IPR and more gather to share contacts and connect about regional gigs. 

Barely Brothers Records (783 Raymond Ave, St. Paul)
5-7 pm: Record Store Day Party (Free)
Stop by for free drinks and 10% discounts on all vinyl.

The O'Shaughnessy (2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul)
7:30 pm: Amanda Palmer (concert)**
Touring in support of her new album There Will Be No Intermission, the Dresden Dolls frontwoman plays a unique solo show performed exclusively on grand piano, bringing a mix of rock, pop and cabaret to the O'Shaughnessy stage. Tickets: $27-$47 / Discount with Summit Premium Badge. Buy concert tickets here.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

Parkway Theater (4818 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis)
4-10 pm: Koda-Chromatic Party*
Join us for movies, music videos and dynamic performances as we explore the cross-section of film and music. Sponsored by Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. All-day tickets: $25 / FREE with Summit Premium Badge.

4 pm: Doors Open

5:00 pm: Kate Nash - Underestimate the Girl (film screening)*
Check out the first local screening of the documentary following the ups and downs of pop singer and actress Kate Nash, known for her role in the hit TV show Glow. With film director Q&A. Presented by Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Tickets: $15 / FREE with Summit Premium Badge.

6:30-7:30 pm: Film + Music Mixer*
Mingle with filmmakers, musicians, videographers, composers and others working in the film and music business.

7:30-10 pm: Grand Finale Concert w/PaviElle + Static Panic*
Join us for the grand finale concert featuring performances by R&B/soul singer PaviElle and rising pop stars Static Panic along with a special screening of some of the top local music videos by Dessa, Annie Humphrey, Four Fist and more! Tickets: $15 / FREE with Summit Premium Badge.

Students get in free to all daytime events with ID. Students can upgrade to a Premium Badge for just $20. Just click here.

*FREE with Premium Badge.
**Discounted tickets with Premium Badge.

All other events are accessible with Summit Wristband.

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EARLY BIRD TICKETS (on sale through March 22)
Summit Wristband: $30 / $20 for MMC Members

Admission to all daytime workshops, panels and keynote talks. Does not includes admission to evening concerts or films.

Summit Premium Badge: $50 / $40 for MMC Members
Includes swag bag, admission to all Summit events, parties and films and a discount to the 4/13 Amanda Palmer concert.

FULL PRICE TICKETS (on sale March 23-April 14)
Summit Wristband: $40 / $30 for MMC Members

Admission to all daytime workshops, panels and keynote talks. Does not includes admission to evening concerts or films.

Summit Premium Badge: $75 / $65 for MMC Members
Includes swag bag, admission to all Summit events, parties and films and a discount to the 4/13 Amanda Palmer concert.