On Wednesday February 12, the Winter Music Conference in Miami posted its schedule of annual events which are set to take place March 22-30 in Miami Beach, Florida. Similar to last year, the conference will run a consecutive ten days and feature a selection of some the industry’s most high-profile pool parties, spin-offs, VJ competitions, seminars, panels, and Q&As to serve as a platform for the advancement of the EDM industry.
As always, the WMC will be celebrating 29 years of the International Dance Music Awards (IDMAs) which are set to take place Thursday March 27. A red carpet celebration to toast the nominees will precede the much anticipated award show that will recognize the achievements of 2013 in electronic dance music. This year’s nominating artists include: Avicii, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, and Afrojack among numerous others expected to attend. For a complete list of all of the nominations, please visit the WMC’s official web-page here. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists up until March 5 when the ballots close. To secure your vote, please visit the following link.
In addition, the Miami Beach Convention Center will be holding this year’s industry panels and seminars March 24 – 28, including an intimate Q&A session with megastar DJ Hardwell. Fans and industry professionals will be able to ask DJ Mag’s newly appointed, ‘Best DJ in the World’ about his successes and rise to fame. Other events and panels featured during these weekday events will include: Remixing and Editing Workshops, Gear Demos, DJ Spin Offs and more. For a complete listing of the panels and seminars please visit the following link here.
Aside from the awards and panels, there will also be a plethora of pool parties throughout the ten-day conference. Kicking off the WMC on Saturday, March 22 will be the Electric Beach Festival hosted at the legendary Nikki Beach. Artists featured at this opening event will include: DVBBS, Sick Individuals, Harry Choo Choo Romero, The Cube Guys, Plastik Funk, My Digital Enemy, and Sydney Blu to name a few. Additional pool parties will take place each day up until the renowned closing celebrations Sunday March 30.
In response to this year’s WMC the Director of Operations & Development, Kirk Paskal, explained,
Last year’s WMC Week was a resounding success with over 2,100 artists and DJs performing at 133 venues in Miami Beach and Miami. As part of our longstanding mission statement, we strive to assemble electronic music’s most legendary and innovative artists and professionals from across the globe. Our program is all about building new inroads for the advancement of electronic music. Featured presentations like last year’s Q&A with IDMA Lifetime Achievement recipient Nile Rodgers (in advance of the release of his epic new collaborations with Daft Punk and Avicii) along with young trailblazers like R3hab among many others [who] are always an inspiring affirmation for what we do. We continually aim to raise the bar in service to the artists, industry and music enthusiasts that make electronic music one of the world’s most dynamic cultural communities.”
WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE OVERVIEW:
- DJ Sets, Live Performances, & Parties: March 21 – 30, 2014
- WMC Music Industry Program: March 24 – 28, 2014
- WMC Trade Show & Exhibits: March 24 – 25, 2014
- Club & Poolside Events: March 21 - 30, 2014
Currently, the WMC industry badge is being offered at $395. Registration includes access to panels, seminars, featured Q & A's, the 29th Annual IDMAs (International Dance Music Awards), WMC official poolside events, South Beach Sessions, trade show & exhibits, workshops (with the exception of the Remixing and Editing Workshops), DJ Spin-Offs, VJ Challenge as well as complimentary or reduced admission to WMC official and sanctioned events for the full ten days of programming during WMC Week.
The WMC 2014 schedule is tentative and subject to change.