January 21, 2020

Winter Music Conference (WMC) 2020 Announces First Round of Programming, Partners, Curated Events and More

Winter Music Conference announced its first round of dynamic programming, global media partners, local hotel partners, premier event partners and more for our 2020 event, which returns to The Faena Forum in Miami Beach on March 16-19. Celebrating 35 years in 2020, WMC is today recognized as the longest-running conference of its kind. For more than three decades, WMC has evolved with the ever-changing music landscape, continuously advancing the dialogue across Music, Technology, Education and Culture. Get your 2020 badge here.
“Winter Music Conference’s quintessential existence is based upon one principle: the future. The 35th anniversary in 2020 is not only a celebration of history, but also the ushering in of a new generation,” says Bill Kelly, WMC Co-Founder.
This announcement will provide a lot of information that will make you need to get your badge today!
Taking a progressive approach to curating the most important conversations in electronic music, WMC’s 2020 keynote speakers will include influential tastemakers such as YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor CohenUltra Music Founder Patrick Moxey, GRAMMY-nominated duo Sofi Tukker and many more to come.
Next year’s panel topics will cover everything from emerging social media platforms, building brand longevity, and the rising festival markets in the U.S. So make sure to be here in Miami to gain valuable career insights. Below is a quick run down of some of the main features you will be a part of at WMC 2020.
MMW Oasis 
Central to Miami Music Week (MMW), the Oasis will serve as the new social hub hosted at the Generator Miami, just one block south of WMC HQ. MMW Oasis will host five days of private poolside parties, cocktail hours, yoga sessions, workshops, and industry networking events. Programming will be announced in early 2020.
Mentor Sessions
As part of WMC’s ongoing commitment to providing a bridge to the industry for college graduates, new artists and newcomers, the all-new WMC mentor sessions will invite the industry’s brightest minds and forward-thinking creators to gather for networking and thought-provoking discussions hosted by artists like Josh Wink and Sydney Blu, professionals like Pandora’s Andrew MarcoglieseBeatport’s Jonas TempelLittle Empire’s Stephanie LaFera, SBE’s Kozmoe AlonzoFalcon PR’s Alexandra Greenberg and more.
“The Winter Music Conference represents a chance for Beatport to connect directly with our customer community. Having a strong conference means we have a platform to embrace the entire spectrum of electronic music culture. We are proud to support the resurgence of this great event,” says Jonas Tempel, Beatport Co-Founder.
Education Programming
WMC’s educational sessions will include a variety of content for both DJs and producers of all levels including one day of immersive classroom sessions hosted by our educational and gear brand partners (Tuesday, 3/17), new product demos, hands-on training, and focused tutorial sessions on WMC’s new Exhibition Hall stage. 
There is a lot more as we detail the first round of Winter Music Conference programming.
WMC 2020 First Round of Programming (more TBA)
Keynote – The Art of Youtube: How Ultra Music Built A Monster Chanel
  • Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music
  • Patrick Moxey, President and Founder of Ultra Records, Ultra Music and Ultra International Music Publishing
  • Sofi Tukker, GRAMMY-nominated dance music duo
Mainstage, Fireside Chat, and Industry Panels:
21 Years of Defected Records: How to Build a Brand That Lasts
Talent First: Navigating the Talent Buying Field 
Rise of the Underground: How Detroit Shaped the Global Techno Market
Beyond Instagram: TikTok, Triller, Lasso and the future of music social media
Up All Night: The Future of Nightlife Marketing 
How America’s Secondary Markets Are Creating World-Class Festivals
Global Dancefloor: How Dance Music Is Crossing Borders and Genres
Music Modernization Act of 2018: What You Need to Know to Get Paid Under the New Law
How to Build Multiple Revenue Streams as an Artist
SoStereo Presents: Brands, Music, and the Content Explosion
WMC 2020 Media Partners (more TBA)
Beatport, Data Transmission, Decoded Magazine, DJ Mag & DJ Mag North America, DJ Mag Asia, DJ Mag Brasil, DJ Mag France, DJ Mag Latinoamérica, DJ Mag México, DJ Times, Earmilk, EDM.com, Fusicology, Ibiza Sonica, Magnetic Magazine and more TBA.
WMC 2020 Educational Partners (more TBA)
IO Music Academy, School of Audio Engineering (SAE), The DJ Coach, Scratch DJ Academy, University of Miami Frost School of Music, University of Utah David Eccles School of Business (Entrepreneurship Program).
WMC 2020 Sanctioned Events Partners (more TBA) –
WMC will offer Plus and Pro-level badge holders access to some of the best MMW parties on the beach, downtown and Wynwood. WMC will once again work with some of the top promoters in Miami, including Epic Pool Parties, 747 Presents, Denial Events and Seven Lines.
WMC 2020 Brand & Label Partners (more TBA)
Awesome Soundwave, Beatport, Beatsource, Defected Records, Discogs, Dirtybird Records, Nervous Records, Next Music, Revealed Recordings, Traxsource, Ultra Music.
WMC 2020 Hotel Partners (more TBA)
Badge holders will be eligible to receive room discounts at the following hotels: The Royal Palm South Beach, Mondrian South Beach, Croydon Hotel, and more TBA. 
Get your badges in either Access, Plus or Pro tiers on the WMC website.
“Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community – many delegates had recognized me for being a consistent DJ annually at WMC. This conference enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof.”
– Danny Tenaglia, DJ/Producer