September Media & Showbiz Industry Networking Events

The Tenth Annual Los Angeles International Short Film Festival opens September 5 in Hollywood, and continues through September 13 while showcasing short films and for the first time commercial spots, as well as “Writers Boot Camp” and “Actor’s Access”. American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson headlines a special recording session and gala dinner for Grammys On The Hill, which will also honor Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mark Foley in Washington, D.C. on September 6. Getting records launched from concept to consumer is the topic Clay Pasternack will discuss at an NARIP event in North Hollywood on September 6. At the Seventh Annual Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Conference and Awards ASCAP is sponsoring a special Q&A with rap star Ludacris on September 8 with a conference start date on September 6. How the Internet is modifying the way media is produced, distributed and consumed will be a conference topic titled “Media in Transition Conference” opening in Munich September 7-8. DCTV, a not-for-profit providing low-cost services to the independent media community, has its Fall Open House, with free food and drink, on September 8 in New York City. Starbucks Salon is a nomadic interactive coffeehouse, gallery, and performance venue dedicated to showcasing work from up-and-coming performers makes its New York City debut with a run from September 8-17. The Mobile Entertainment Summit will explore the trends for mobile content and applications as well as facilitate a deal making environment between content owners and distributors during a September 11 session in Los Angeles.

The 30th Annual Canadian Country Music Awards taking place September 11 in New Brunswick is slated for broadcast on the CBC-TV network, as well as GAC in the U.S. The World Airline Entertainment Association gives its annual conference and exhibition in Miami, September 12-15, focused on educational sessions, workshops and forums on the airline industry’s inflight film/TV market. For this year’s annual Blue Ribbon Breakfast in New York City, CTAM hosts a forum on cable tv’s future. On September 15 in New York City, Dan Glickman, the former United States Secretary of Agriculture and the current President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America addresses “The State of the Motion Picture Industry.” Learning Annex presents “How to Make, Market and Sell Your Film or TV Project” with cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, producer Ron Colby and editor Kevin Tent, on September 16 in Los Angeles. The Thelonious Monk Institute’s Piano Competition and 20th Anniversary Gala happens over two days, September 16 & 17, and is where the winner of the 13th Annual BMI Jazz Composers Competition will also be announced at the event in Washington, D.C. This year the Billboard Dance Music Summit moves to Vegas and will be part of a city-wide Dance Music Festival, from September 17-20. The IFP Market is a week-long showcase, held each autumn in New York, for new features, works-in-progress, shorts, and scripts, is held this year from September 17-21 in New York City. Entertainment marketing opportunities in film, TV, music and gaming are presented by entertainment marketing executives at the L.A. Office Roadshow 2006, September 18-21 in Hollywood.

This year at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, the first annual “Destination Funny Shorts” is a short film competition folded into the festival which happens September 18-24. This year’s NAB Radio Show running September 20-22 in Dallas, incorporates podcasting technology and innovation, and a range of other topics. The International Bluegrass Music Association once again hosts an “interactive” discussion format and will expand the popular “Gig Fair” and other features like the DJ Taping Sessions and Song Demo Listening Sessions, etc., when it takes place in Nashville, September 24 to October 1. The NEMO Music Festival is dedicated to providing education and opportunities to independent musicians to help them advance, and runs September 28-30 in Boston. The 44th Annual New York Film Festival, under the auspices of The Film Society of Lincoln Center, features a retrospective of “50 Years of Janus Films” in this year’s programming from September 29 to October 15. At the September 29 Golden Score Awards, in Universal City, the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) honors James Newton and Jeremy Lubbock over silent auction of music memorabilia, gourmet dinner and live entertainment.

The above events are only a sampling of what is listed. Many of the events above have a submission process for indie and/or performing artists to take part in. Complete details are on the “Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry News and Events” page at Experience the newly relaunched message board on The Actor’s Checklist which now permits user profiles and private messaging which you can find at

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