YoubloomLA Music Festival and Conference enters its sophomore year with bands from around the world and speakers from across the industry taking place December 10th through 12th.
Learn. Connect. Play. That’s the youbloom motto; the creed for this community of music enthusiasts whose mission it is to see that more and more artists can sustain themselves. youbloom was inaugurated in Ireland and nurtured by visionaries like Bob Geldof and Nigel Grainge . What started as a modest online song contest in 2010 surged into the youbloomDublin 2013 Music Festival and Conference, an event bringing thousands of music lovers to the streets of Dublin, Ireland to watch 90 bands from 11 countries around the world.
Last year, founder and director Phil Harrington brought the idea to LA and discovered there a hearty and enthusiastic welcome in NELA (Northeast LA), located in “eastside hipster LA”.
youbloomLA 2015 is excited to announce its bands and speakers. The conference organizers have managed to maintain the level of intimacy and integrity expected from a youbloom conference while growing their reach considerably. The panelists are top notch and the areas of expertise covered have widened. This year’s keynote speaker is Tom Sturges , who spent 25 years in the industry signing bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters and 50 Cent. Other guests and speakers include Barry Daffurn , co founder of Cinq Music: an innovative distribution and marketing platform finding creative ways to monetize their audience; Kevin Day , former marketing executive at Universal Music Group, and founder of Skyrocket Entertainment; Helene Muddiman , a multiaward winning film composer and pop song hit writer, as well as founder/CEO of Elite Composers; Marko DeSantis , cofounder of million seller group Sugarcult; Dutch Cramblitt , cofounder of Omnivore Records; extensively profiled by Forbes and the LA Times and making great strides in the recovery of the music industry with vinyl in particular)!
The youbloom A&R Team has curated over 50 bands from ten countries , and includes genres such as hip hop, rock, reggae, folk, bluegrass, pop, Mediterranean and more.
A truly signature aspect of youbloom is the community it develops; their generosity and understanding of artists’ essential needs and comfort is paramount. To that end, the local LA bands will be adopting and hosting acts from farther afield. These ambassadors include alt rockers Polaris Rose, and bluesy country star Tarra Layne; both named Hot 100 Unsigned by Music Connection Vanity Fair favorite Quinn Archer is also involved, along with about 25 more fabulous discoveries and hometown treasures. For more information visit the website here.
The conference will be held on December 12 at Highland Park Ebell just adjacent to Pasadena from 9:30am to 6pm. All interested are advised to get tickets now for the Masterclass KnowingYour Rights $15 for students; $25 nonstudents. Price includes all panels and presentations, all day. Available online and at the door.
At last, the music! On Thursday December 10, Friday December 11, and Saturday December 12th to wee hours of the morning, music lovers and discoverers can find it all at four locations: Griffins of Kinsale; La Cuevita; The Old Towne Pub and two stages at The Airliner. Cover charges range from free to ten dollars. See ALL schedules here.