Fest Packs in DIY Advice, Gets Musicians On Stage
Commencing its fourth year, Launch Music Conference and Festival is gearing up for another round this April; the event is bursting with indispensable advice and opportunities for musicians. The three-day conference is held in Lancaster, PA and hosts a series of informational seminars and performances by local, regional and national bands. We recently spoke with Jeff Breil, one of Launch’s founders and directors about the festival’s current direction and how it empowers musicians.
Kicking off on Thursday, April 26, Launch eases in with performances at a handful of venues, showcasing a wide spectrum of genres. Friday, the informational payload starts to drop with a gear tradeshow and conference seminars. Past years, Breil says, have seen business elements such as publicity tips and general legal savvy, while other topics ranged from album cover design and record engineering – led last year by West West Side Music’s Alan Douches – down to booking and touring advice.
Come nightfall, more performances remind that Launch is dedicated equally to info and opportunity. “I think we all know how many great bands there are out there that just, unfortunately, never get heard or never get the right push,” Breil says, emphasizing how critical musician exposure is to Launch’s philosophy.
Saturday unfolds similarly, but is punctuated by a midday party – here, musicians and professionals can network while enjoying a cold beer – and Launch’s most popular event, “Can You Handle the Truth?” where album submissions are reviewed by a “brutally” honest panel before an audience of about 400.
Jammed with practical info, performances and professional advice, Launch Music Conference and Festival is aptly named. When asked what Launch is looking for in terms of artist showcase submissions, Breil replied, “Really, just talent. We welcome it all.” Interested in attending or performing? Check out www.launchmusicconference.com.
Bands can submit online to perform at the event through February of each year.
To attend showcases, head to www.launchmusicconference.com and click on ATTEND for ticket/wristband info. Daily wristbands start at just $15. To attend the conference and panel seminars, click on REGISTER. Conference registration starts at only $40 after March and includes access to showcases.
photos courtesy of LAUNCH