Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the seventh annual Sync Up conference (April 25-26, May 2-3) hosts panel discussions and keynote interviews with music industry pros. The conference at the New Orleans Museum of Art offers an inside look at current music industry happenings, including how artists are using smartphone apps, social media, web development and advertising.
Cash Money Records co-founder Ronald "Slim" Williams and Blue Note Records president Don Was (of Was Not Was fame) are among the keynote speakers, which also include booking agent Frank Riley and Big Hassle Media president Ken Weinstein.
The Sync Up Cinema showcase (April 28-30), in partnership with New Orleans Video Access Center and New Orleans Film Society, screens Lily Keber's James Booker documentary Bayou Maharajah and premieres Vanishing Pearls, a documentary about the impact of the BP oil disaster. The Cinema showcase also screens Louisiana short films and features industry guests such as Vampire Diaries producer Julie Plec and Franklin Leonard, who publishes Hollywood's annual Black List of unpublished screenplays.
On May 1, Sync Up hosts Launch Fest with startup incubator Launch Pad. Launch Fest features FreshBooks Cloud Accounting CEO Mike McDerment, Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens and Kickboard CEO Jennifer Medbery.
Admission to the conference is free but seating is limited. For the full schedule and registration information, visit www.jazzandheritage.org/sync-up.