This June, Dallas will play host to the second annual Texas Urban Music Summit. A smashing success last year, the event was initially created as an expansion of the Core DJ Retreat.
The focus of the summit is educating fledgling artists on the music industry and offering countless networking opportunities for media, DJs, executives, producers, and artists.
In 2008, participators included Slim Thug, Swisha House, Chamillionaire, Play-N-Skillz, Rob G, Wendy Day, Trae the Truth, Ozone Magazine, and AllHipHop.com.
This year, the Texas U.M.S. has scheduled industry panels, label listening suites, artist showcases, networking mixers, after-parties, and a special AllHipHop.com Breeding Ground showcase.
Confirmed guests so far include Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Rap-A-Lot Records and platinum producers Play-N-Skillz.
Surveying the ever-growing independent scene, Texas U.M.S. CEO Aleshia Steele explained that her event serves to empower artists unfamiliar with the complicated nuances of the music business.
It is my goal to educate independent artists about the music industry, Steele told AllHipHop.com. With knowledge comes power, and if we can assist these artists by providing them with the information they need, we are setting them up to achieve success within this industry.
To that end, the 2009 summit features workshops on How to Copyright Music, How to Get Music Played on the Radio, How to Network and Approach DJs, How to Sell Music Online, How to Get Music Placed in TV & Film, and many others.
The Texas Urban Music Summit II will take place June 5-7 at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel.
For more information and to register, visit www.texasums.com.