Hear ye, hear ye, musicians and lovers of all things tunes: on April 15th, 16th and 17th Santa Rosa is hosting Next Level 2016, a Music Industry Showcase and Conference featuring a staggering amount of outstanding local and regional talent, resources and information about…well, the music industry, of course!

Brought to you by Creative Sonoma and The North Bay Hootenanny, Next Level is “designed to celebrate the musical talent and exploration occurring across the County and to provide advice and expertise to help local musicians move their careers forward.” Sounds pretty great, right?

First up will be The Showcase on April 15th and 16th. Produced by Second Octave Entertainment, The Showcase will be two days filled with over 30 acts featuring exceptional musical talent, all gracing three different stages at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square. Attendees will be treated to the rich diversity of sounds found in the creative community of the North Bay, including Royal Jelly Jive (swing), Ashley Allred (singer/songwriter), Mr. December (Americana), Lungs & Limbs (rock), Kevin Russell and the Rhythm Rangers (folk), and many, many others. For the full lineup check out www.nextlevelsonoma.com.

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After hearing, playing and totally digging on two glorious days’ worth of music, on day 3, April 17th, all those from our local music scene have the opportunity to learn directly from regional and national music industry professionals at The Conference. This day-long informational extravaganza will be held at Chop’s Teen Center, also in Railroad Square.

Musicians and anyone else interested will be given a wealth of information during the panel discussions, which will focus on those pressing topics such as getting booked, developing a fan base and licensing your music. Also to look forward to, a keynote address from Griff Morris, senior manager of artist and industry strategy at Amazon Music. Amazon music! I hear Amazon is kind of a big deal, so…might be worth checking out. Also featured will be regional musician Lia Rose, whose music has been heard on ABC’s Nashville, in conversation with her producer/engineer Stephen Hart.

Other presenters include Al Evers (A-Train Entertainment), Chris Faville (Mongrel Agency), Josh Norek (Regalias Digitales/Latin Alternative Music Conference) and Julie Schuchard (Tricycle Records). Representatives will also be in attendance from the GRAMMY Awards, West Coast Songwriters Association and other national resources.

nextlevelOkay, now for the exciting part. I mean yes, all of these things are SUPER EXCITING, but this is even more exciting, if you can believe it…listen up: conference attendees will have the opportunity to submit proposals to win one of five $2,500 grants to help them take their careers to the next level!

You guys! As a huge fan of the Santa Rosa music scene, I want all of you to take your careers to the next level! Please go check it out and make my vicarious dreams come true!
Tickets for The Showcase are $20/day in advance, or $30 for both days, (or $22/$32 at the door, respectively). Pro Tip: don’t wait til the day of, people. This thing will sell out. Get those tickets now, right HERE.
Registration for The Conference is $15. Find info and sign up HERE

NextLevelSonoma.com · facebook.com/nextlevelsonoma · twitter.com/nextlevelsonoma

Contact Info:

Showcase                                                                              Conference

Arlene Francis Center                                                             Chop’s Teen Center

Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, 2016                               Sunday, April 17, 2016

Friday Doors @7pm, Saturday Doors @ 5pm                    10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Josh Windmiller, North Bay Hootenanny                           Kristen Madsen, Creative Sonoma

n.b.hootenanny@gmail.com                                                   Kristen.madsen@sonoma-county.org

707.326.5274                                                                          707-565-6120