The Asian American Music Conference (AAMC) relaunches on November 4, 2017 at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California. The AAMC seeks to strengthen the Asian American music industry by equipping aspiring individuals with relevant skills and knowledge, while bringing together established music professionals and companies to develop key relationships. AAMC was originally launched in 2003 through 2006 with the goal of bringing together Asian Americans in music and of increasing representation in the mainstream music industry. This year’s AAMC focuses on music business education as a continuation of its original goals for the Asian American music community.
This one-day event hosted by Freska Griarte, Radio Host at 96.5 FM KOIT – includes diverse panels, talks, featured interviews, one-on-one consulting sessions, and networking. Moderators and panelists include music professionals with years of experience in various roles in the music industry. Some of the speakers include: Stacy Cunningham (Director of Strategic Radio Marketing and Events at EMPIRE Distribution, Kerry Fiero (Producer of the Girl Power Music Conference), Knowa Lazarus (Producer and Artist of Q-York Edutainment), Keith Martin (Award winning music producer and Founder of New Direction Music), Melissa Polinar (Singer and Songwriter), Grace Wang (Author of “Soundtracks of Asian America), Ray Wong (Vice President of Integrated Media at iHeartMedia).
This year also features a one on one interview with Recording Artist, Jocelyn Enriquez. A Bay Area native, Jocelyn is widely recognized as a music pioneer, becoming the first Filipino American artist to gain recognition in the mainstream music industry. Enriquez’ hit single “Do You Miss Me” was released in 1996, peaking at #17 on the Rhythmic Top 40, #14 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart, #8 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart, and #49 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also featured in a one on one interview is Suzanne Koga, Talent Buyer at Blue Note Hawaii and Talent Manager to Roberta Flack. Suzanne has over 30 years of experience in the music industry as a business manager for clients such as Roberta Flack, Tina Malia, Hiroshima. She has extensive experience in managing all aspects of artists’ careers, managing and booking international tours, conceptualizing album and distribution projects, launching national marketing campaigns, negotiating sponsorship deals.
The conference wraps up with a performance showcase, with featured established artists, as well as a selection of up and coming artists chosen by a committee made up of non-profit arts organizations. This year’s showcase features headliner, Bay Area R&B artist, Tracy Cruz and singer songwriters,Tamiko and Charlie. In addition to the day’s event, the weekend kicks off with “NAAH (New Artists Are Here)”, a pre-conference networking mixer and live performances on Friday, November 3 hosted by ENTNS Entertainment.
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