EDMbiz Conference & Expo 2016 is stepping things up in a major way. Quickly becoming one of the industry’s leading events for innovative discussions and sharing of ideas, this year’s conference promises to be the best yet. In addition to the already stellar lineup of speakers—including Insomniac CEO & Founder Pasquale Rotella—world-renowned DJ and producer Armin van Buuren will be bringing his years of experience to a headlining keynote speech. In addition, Rob Light and some of CAA’s top agents will be holding an exclusive Meet the Agency panel, giving our attendees an inside look at how one of the world’s top talent agencies operates. Lastly, in an effort to continue supporting up-and-coming talent, EDMbiz is introducing an exciting new mentorship program hosted by Little Empire Music and SkyLight.

As in previous years, EDMbiz is tackling the dance industry’s most pressing issues with its wide range of speakers and sessions. This year’s conference will be spread among two distinct stages for an all-new, streamlined experience focused on the conference’s three cornerstones: Experience, Technology and Aspiration.

“We want to curate discussions that cover every facet in our industry,” says Rotella. “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.”

Of course, EDMbiz badge holders will also have access to many of the poppin’ EDC Week events happening on the Las Vegas Strip, making sure your nights are jam-packed with all of your favorite clubs and artists. Go here for the list of all parties where EDMbiz badge holders will have special access.

Registration for EDMbiz 2016 is now open and available here. For more information about this year’s event, visit the official EDMbiz website, where future updates on panels, speakers and announcements will be made regularly from now until the event occurs.

EDMbiz keynote sessions and panels:

  • A&R Competition
  • Ads, Fads, and the State of Radio
  • 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
  • Breakout with Paul Oakenfold
  • Building the Next Big DJ
  • Drugs in Dance Music: It’s Time for the Industry to Act
  • Keynote: Moby
  • Keynote: Pasquale Rotella
  • Keynote: Bob Lefsetz, Author, Lefsetz Letter
  • Keynote: Armin van Buuren
  • Meet the Agency: CAA
  • Raymond Leon Roker, founder of URB, opens his photo archives for a special look at the formative days of the rave scene in Los Angeles. This will mark the first public presentation of URB’s early-‘90s photography collection.
  • Resurgence of Trance
  • Show/Business: Entrepreneurs in Dance Music
  • Success on the Big Screen: EDM Pioneer Junkie XL Makes Hollywood’s A-List

Industry leaders joining EDMbiz for a variety of presentations and panels to date include:

  • Ali Shakeri, Music Marketing Evangelist & Cofounder, ToneDen
  • Amy Pham, DJ, Host, Actress
  • Armin van Buuren, Artist
  • Bennett Sell-Kline, Photographer, Insomniac
  • Bob Lefsetz, Author, Lefsetz Letter
  • Brian Lim, Founder, EmazingLights
  • Danny Howard, BBC Radio 1
  • Darryl Eaton, Co-Head of Contemporary Music, North America, CAA
  • Dave Ralph, Head of Talent, Insomniac
  • DeDe Goldsmith, Activist, Amend the RAVE Act!
  • Dimitri De Wit, CEO, Twenty4seven Management BV
  • Ed Shapiro, Partner, Reed Smith, LLP
  • Geronimo, Senior Director of Programming, SiriusXM
  • Gerry Gerrard, Wired Artist Management
  • Hunter Williams, Agent, CAA
  • James Algate, Vice President of Music, Hakkasan Group
  • Jason Bentley, Music Director, KCRW
  • Jauz, Artist
  • Jazz Spinder, Agent, CAA
  • Jeff Ryan, Talent Buyer, Insomniac
  • Junkie XL, Artist & Film Composer
  • Joe Wiseman, Marketing/A&R, Insomniac
  • John Amato, President, Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter
  • John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer/Interim CFO, Insomniac
  • Katie Bain, Contributing Writer at Beatport, Insomniac, LA Weekly, The Huffington Post
  • Kennedy Jones, Artist
  • Laidback Luke, Artist
  • Liz Gerard, President & Founder, Dance Music Women’s Collective Nap Girls
  • Mac Clark, Agent, CAA
  • MacKenzie Reynolds, Publicity Manager, Capitol Music Group
  • Mark Lawrence, CEO, AFEM
  • Maria May, Agent, CAA
  • Markus Schulz, Artist
  • Maren Steiner, Director of Health & Safety, Insomniac
  • Marshmello, Artist
  • Matthew Adell, Founder, MetaPop
  • Matt Medved, Journalist, Billboard
  • Matt Rodriguez, Agent / VP West Coast, AM Only
  • Michaelangelo Matos, Author, The Underground Is Massive
  • Michael Tullberg, Photographer
  • Moby, Artist
  • Moe Shalizi, Redlight Management
  • Neda Azarfar, Vice President, Marketing Communications, The Recording Academy
  • Nick Kneuper, CEO, Electric Styles
  • Nick Ward, Journalist, YourEDM
  • Nicole Moudaber, Artist
  • Olga Heijns, CEO, Unmanageable Artists/Syndicate the Agency/Mixmash Records/Next Era Publishing
  • Pasquale Rotella, Founder & CEO, Insomniac
  • Patt Ochoa, Founding Director, Harmonium
  • Paul Oakenfold, Artist
  • Paul van Dyk, Artist
  • Raymond Leon Roker, Executive Producer & Content Strategy Director, Goldenvoice & Founder, URB Magazine
  • Rob Light, Partner/Managing Director/Head, CAA Music
  • Sarah Polonsky, Editor, DJ Mag
  • Sebastian Solano, CEO, ID&T
  • Stefanie Jones, Director of Audience Development, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Stephanie LaFera, Founder & CEO, Little Empire Music & Co-Founder, SkyLight
  • Steve Gordon, Founder/Agent, Circle Talent
  • Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

EDMbiz Conference & Expo 2016 takes place June 14—16 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Registration is now open and available. For more information, visit the official website

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