Memphis - GRAMMY GPS: A Roadmap For Today's Music Biz

Learn to navigate the music business at GRAMMY GPS: A Road Map For Today's Music Biz!

Meet and mingle music industry executives and GRAMMY-winning songwriters and producers.

September 30, 2011


Location: Hi Tone, 1913 Poplar Avenue

Time: Doors at 7pm

Performers: GIVERS, Cities Aviv, GR Robinson, PAT24seven

Admission: FREE with GRAMMY GPS admission, $10 just for the show


October 1, 2011

GRAMMY GPS: A Road Map For Today’s Music Biz

Location: Stax Music Academy, 926 East McLemore Ave

Admission: FREE to Recording Academy members, $35 non members

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Stax Music Academy Lobby


Chris Milam, performer


12 - 1 p.m.

Delta Blues Room

Opening Remarks & Keynote Introduction:

Al Bell, former co-owner Stax Records; chairman, Memphis Music Foundation

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A Keynote Presentation:

Daniel Glass, Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Glassnote Records

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After many years in top executive roles at labels such as Chrysalis, SBK, EMI, Rising Tide, Universal and Artemis, Daniel Glass launched Glassnote Entertainment Group in 2007. With its communal spirit, exquisite mix of artists and musically driven management team, the company's commitment to true artist development is proving successful. In April of 2010, Glassnote Records made history by becoming the first independent label to have four artists in the top ten of the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart and in 2011, Glassnote Records was named Best Indie Label by Rolling Stone magazine. Glassnote Records is the proud home of Secondhand Serenade, GRAMMY-winning Phoenix, Justin Nozuka, The Temper Trap, GRAMMY-nominated Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Kele (of Bloc Party), Royal Bangs and GIVERS.


Panel discussions:

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Delta Blues Room

Art of the Craft: Corraling the Chaos

Innovations in recording technology have opened the doors to both creativity and chaos. Top engineers and producers will discuss the challenges they face today, among them working with material from multiple diverse sources that is frequently created in non-traditional recording environments. Audio arrives from over the Internet, on analog tape, and from digital storage of all kinds. Often the components of a song are recorded at different times, in different places, on different platforms and programs by different people—some knowledgeable about audio, some, not so much. Engineers and producers today must be able to efficiently collect, organize, compile and preserve these files so that they can get down to the real business of being creative and making great sounding records. We will illustrate this process with musical selections from each panelist’s repertoire.


1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Zydeco Way

Your Bottom Line: Alternative Funding Sources

Industry experts will discuss a variety of ways artists can increase their bottom line from managing money generated by their music to leveraging fan support to finance creative endeavors.


2:45 - 4 p.m.

Delta Blues Room

Pitching & Placing: Music for Film & TV

Leading music supervisors, composers and label representatives will discuss keys to success in placing music in film and television productions.

  • Maureen Crowe, (moderator), president, The Guild of Music Supervisors (Chicago, Pink Panther) follow on twitter@mcrowemusic
  • Scott Bomar, Electraphonic Recording (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) follow on twitter@electraphonic
  • David Porter, Hall of Fame songwriter/producer (“Soul Man,” “Hold On, I’m Coming”)
  • Paul Roper, Dualtone Music Group follow on twitter@DualtoneRecords
  • Alicen Schneider, vice president of Music Creative Services, NBC Universal (“Royal Pains,” “Heroes,” “Crossing Jordan”)

2:45 - 4 p.m.

Zydeco Way

Direct Connect: Social Media Strategies

Leading praticioners from the social media world will discuss the ever changing landscape of new technology and how artists and labels can leverage that technology to build a strong connection to their fan bases.


4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Delta Blues Room

Sink or Swim: Surviving the Indie Landscape

The window of opportunity for independent artists/labels is open wider than ever. Learn from these industry experts on how they approach the ever-changing music business and what strategies you can implement to take your career to the next level.

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Zydeco Way

Here’s Your Chance: Demo Review

This panel of industry experts will listen to a variety of demo recordings by regional artists and provide critiques based on artistic merit, marketplace standards and potential for commercial success and artist growth.


5:30 - 7 p.m.

Stax Museum and Studio

Networking Reception


Memphis Music Foundation Plug-In

1 - 3:30 p.m.

Stax Museum and Studio

The Memphis Music Foundation will hold their Plug-In event in conjunction with GRAMMY GPS. Plug In Memphis features an exhibit area with booths representing all types of industry-related businesses from merchandisers, entertainment lawyers, promoters and publicists to recording studios, engineers and retailers. Confirmed businesses include Beale Street Caravan, Ardent Studios, BMI Music, Eskridge and Eskridge Law Firm, Select-O-Hits, and the Visible School. Free for GRAMMY GPS attendees.

Location: Stax Museum

Time: 1:00-3:30pm


GRAMMY GPS Closing Party

Location: Ernestine & Hazel’s, 531 S. Main St.

Time: Doors at 8pm

Performers: Garry Burnside, Skewby, Alexis Marceaux, and Fille Catatonique

Admission: FREE with GRAMMY GPS admission, $10 just for show


Register for GRAMMY GPS HERE.

Submit your music for the Here's Your Chance: demo Review HERE.

*All of these events are FREE for Recording Academy members. Non-members can purchase a conference pass for $35 for entrance to all events.

GRAMMY GPS travel information:

Dallas Minner, Stress Relief Travel, is our GRAMMY GPS travel coordinator. Please contact him directly for attractive conference hotel rates and any local information about Memphis. GRAMMY GPS hotel rates start at $84 single or double occupancy and vary based on location. E-mail or call 901-278-2222. Please leave a message and callback number if your call is not answered immediately. Airline and rail and bus transportation are also available.

October 1, 2011 - 11:00am - October 2, 2011 - 12:00am