To register and learn more visit online at
ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF I E S – INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT, A MAJOR NEW MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL IN L.A.
LED BY TOP INDUSTRY VETERANS, IES WILL RUN THE FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST EVERY YEAR – HEADQUARTERED IN NOHO, HOLLYWOOD & UNIVERSAL CITY AREAS
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jay Warsinske, 818-505-9537
Dateline: N. HollywoodCalifornia
Contributing to this exciting new event, COSMO (Coalition of Songwriter and Music Organizations) presents 3 panels (August 1, 2 and 3 at the Art Institute of NoHo -5250 N. Lankershim Blvd) with top industry pros at the first annual I E S – the INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT.
Each evening, COSMO’s President, Steve Scott, briefly discusses the state of the industry and introduces the guest panelists.
Wed. Aug. 1: Is Your Music/Recordings Ready for Prime-Time? Producers Panel
Singer, songwriter, keyboard player and producer -Alex Del Zoppo(Sweetwater, The Beach Boys, Eric Burdon, Gene Clark of the Byrds, Donovan, American Bandstand, Woodstock) Moderates and panelists include: Producer, Mixing and Mastering Engineer -Matt Forger(Michael Jackson, Michael McDonald, etc), Radio Host, Producer, Hit Songwriter -Samm Brown(Michael Jackson, Peaches & Herb, New Edition, Maxine Nightingale etc), Engineer, Mixer, Editor, Supervisor of voice-over, ADR and foley -Lenise Bent(Steely Dan, Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie etc)
Thurs. Aug. 2: Is Your Voice Ready to Record? / Are You an Unforgettable Performer?
World Renown Author & Vocal Coach, Elisabeth Howard (Sting, Paige O’Hara – Belle in Beauty & The Beast film, Maxine Nightingale, Stephen Dorff, etc) with support by COSMO’s Judy Lamppu & Stephen Scott.
Fri. Aug. 3: DJ Spin and Pitch-A-Song Critiques
Samm Brownmoderates and panelists include: hit songwriter & author Pamela Phillips Oland, hit songwriter Alan Roy Scott, music supervisors Anna Granucci and John Houlihan (pending), with DJ spinning by Toni Koch.
Sat. Aug. 4: Mentoring Sessions at Musician’s Institute – approx. 8pm – 10pm main auditorium
COSMO friends and resources will offer time to mentor IES attendees during set changes, 8pm – 10pm, at the Musician’s Institute, (onHollywood Blvd. near Vine) in the main auditorium. Music Industry pro’s will offer mentoring in the adjoining Green Room all evening with guest speakers invited by COSMO. Alex Del Zoppo (Songwriters Vantage), Jimi Yamagishi (The SongNet), Antoine Carter (Pro Music Records) and other Music Industry friends may come by to share their company or organization news, opportunities and have brief question/answers discussions. Steve Scott, Judy Lamppu or Toni Koch will introduce speakers.
IES is launching August 1 2012 as a new annual music and entertainment conference and festival inSouthern California. The 5-day event will focus on cutting edge knowledge, networking & performances in the areas of music, movies/TV, and modeling. Featuring over 80 in depth workshops and seminars led by top industry pros, the summit is designed to help musical artists, managers, actors, models, DJs, comedians, film makers, and independent labels/entertainment companies progress their business and career opportunities in the worldwide entertainment and media industries. Each evening will spotlight concerts, performances, film premieres & showcases by attending talent and name performers in a variety of top venues fromHollywoodto Universal Studios to the booming NoHo arts district inNorth Hollywood. The final day, Sunday August 5, will be an innovative day at a special location, for an event called DEAL LINK, where attendees will have a rare chance to network and meet one-to-one with industry decision makers, including investors, A&R execs and CEOs of entertainment companies – a real boon for new talent to connect and advance career opportunities.
The epicenter for the daily events will be in the blossoming NoHo Arts District region ofNorth Hollywood, specifically the FEDERAL (the new KNITTING FACTORY Club), the ARTS INSTITUTE & AMP STUDIO COMPLEX (all on the corners of Lankershim & Weddington Avenues). With additional live venues on UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CITYWALK and HOLLYWOOD-HIGHLAND areas (2 stops on the METRO Subway from NoHo), including the HARD ROCK CAFÉ, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE, INFUSION LOUNGE, FEDERAL, SKINNYS and other prime So CAL venues. Included in the special IES events are the major BEST BAND IN THE LAND national band competition for a $100,000. grand prize package, the DEAL LINK event for attendees to meet 1-on-1 with Investors-A&R-CEOs, the major BEST NEW RAP STAR national competition for a $100,000 grand prize package, the DANCE WORLD SUMMIT competition for solo dancers & crews, the IES FILM FESTIVAL, the HOTTEST NEW COMEDIAN national competition, the IES DJ Challenge, & much more!
IES prides itself in the diversity and exceptional caliber of the speakers and presenters. We are also proud to enable the high percentage of artists the opportunity to perform – as the IES tagline proclaims “Show the World What You Got!” IES Co-Executive Director Jay Warsinske states, “After speaking at hundreds of major conferences and being involved in over 1000 events over my 39 years in the business (including GRAMMY events, NEW MUSIC SEMINAR, SXSW, ASCAP EXPO, CMJ & many more), we see what works and what doesn’t and with IES we have assembled ‘The Best of the Best’ and created the best possible conference and festival in the Entertainment Capital of the World!” Warsinske is considered one of the industry’s top entertainment marketing execs and has been a part of launching legends such as U2, Dr. Dre, Metallica, Black Eyed Peas, Guns ‘n Roses, Snoop Dogg, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more. IES C0-Executive Director Cameron Penny states “So Cal has nothing quite like this – and who doesn’t want to learn cutting edge tips from the absolute best pros in every vital area of the business – and get to perform in front of media and industry in L.A.!” Penny is a Radio and Music industry veteran, radio personality and record label CEO. “We’ve seen many of the top movies, video games and artists in the past year from independent companies”, says IES Co-Executive DirectorDavidHeavener, “and IES puts the spotlights on all the key areas, music – movies/TV – modeling – DJs – comedians and more that are primed to network together for even more amazing success stories to talk about at next year’s IES. The business is changing at light speed and IES is at the forefront of it!” For more than 30 years, Heavener has been a film and music executive, having produced or directed over 30 major movies and TV series and is considered one of the top experts in the independent movie industry.
Artists performing at IES have been confirmed from all regions of theU.S.and from over 20 countries around the World. For more info visit www.IESfest.com or call 818-505-9537. General questions for IES Fest: Email info@IESfest.com.