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Postby The Honky Tonk Man on 29 Jan 2018 12:13

Word on the street is that it may be over....

Been told by a few folks that "WMC", you know the event by Bill Kelly with tickets, wrist bands etc, may be over.. I've spoken with someone who would absolutely know, and they told me, it may or may not be done. I think the mere discussion of it kinda shows where this is heading. They had a great run and squandered such a huge opportunity.

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Postby JMT on 29 Jan 2018 12:23

Re: Word on the street is that it may be over....

Might as well just call it UMF week.

From the WMC website...

Winter Music Conference - March 2018 (TBA) - South Beach, Miami, FL
Miami Music Week - March 20-25, 2018 - South Beach, Miami, FL
Ultra Music Festival - March 23-25, 2018 - Bayfront Park, Miami, FL
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Postby pod on 29 Jan 2018 13:57

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You don't have something of the prestige of WMC in "TBA" status less than 2 months out.

Fact is, long ago it ceased being about the industry - even in the heyday of our forums, WMC was shrinking in significance.

Nowadays, the week in March is just Spring Break with more DJs. Most business and networking was done outside of Conference. WMC itself failed to pivot as well. Didn't see any seminars of any relevance in their last few schedules. The one huge opportunity they missed was setting things up to recognize that DJs don't just DJ and produce music anymore, they have to be marketers and sometimes designers as well. WMC could have really taken the bull by the horns and taught masterclasses in social media management and marketing, and a lot of DJs could have benefitted from that, instead of paying top dollar to outsource it to a company. They could have learned the magic and maybe pawned off the daily details to an assistant.
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Postby Michael^Heaven on 03 Feb 2018 13:33

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The ADE took over WMCs relevance a while back as a actual 'conference gathering' of musicians, Djs, industry people with seminars, worshops, product reveals, etc. The WMC is now & has been considered for a while just a Spring Break tourist destination for people who may/not know anything about electronic music whatsoever.
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Postby pod on 03 Feb 2018 13:35

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Michael^Heaven wrote:The ADE took over WMCs relevance a while back as a actual 'conference gathering' of musicians, Djs, industry people with seminars, worshops, product reveals, etc. The WMC is now & has been considered for a while just a Spring Break tourist destination for people who may/not know anything about electronic music whatsoever.


Yep. Even then, ADE is a crackfest. It's hard to get "business" done in electronic music. It's why a lot of the big shots make sure their financial apparatus is very far removed from the scene.
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Postby coach on 15 Feb 2018 12:30

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Thanks, Miami.
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Postby pod on 15 Feb 2018 12:34

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I wouldn't blame Miami. The WMC organization failed to reposition itself. Ego and squandered opportunities.
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