Local music-business professionals are organizing a three-day conference that will showcase eager and ascendant area artists and educate attendees about the fast-changing industry. From Friday, November 7, through Sunday, November 9, The Elm City Music Festival will present live performance showcases, panel discussions, and networking events at The Space in Hamden. Hallah Edutainment will host an event at LoRicco Tower on Crown Street, and Cafe Nine will open its doors to the festival on Saturday evening.

The Elm City Music Festival is being organized by Vic Steffens of the West Haven-based Horizon Music Group and Michael Caplan, a former Sony Music executive who runs Elm City Music, an imprint of Universal Music Group, in collaboration with Philadelphia area industry professionals Brian Cronin, who publishes That Music Magazine and runs a media company called Mirror Image, and Jim Thorpe, a booking agent with DTV Events, among others.

Language on the Elm City Music Festival website explains: “This conference seeks to bring established professionals together with talented and motivated up and coming artists to create paths of career advancement.”

Reached at his studio in West Haven, Steffens said the conference was inspired by two others with which he’s been involved: the Dewey Beach Music Conference in Delaware and the Liberty Music Festival in Philadelphia.

The conference is primarily geared toward educating artists who are entering into the music business about how the industry works today and how it might work in the future, Steffens said. In addition to the festival’s educational and networking elements, about 50 bands are scheduled to perform at the above-mentioned venues.

Visit elmcitymusicfest.com for more information about participating artists and panelists and how to purchase tickets.

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