Published on March 19th, 2020 | by Marilyn Reles


Norfolk’s East Coast Music Conference Offers Free Entry With Copy Of SXSW Voucher

The world is in a crazy place right now; there’s no arguing that. The question on everyone’s mind is “When is this going to end?” and “When can we attend event and go about our normal lives?”. Well, Norfolk, Virginia’s annual East Coast Music Conference is confident that by June, the shows will go on! Their conference, scheduled for June 4 – 7 has been rated a ‘Top 10 Music Conference’, featuring endless industry panels, mentorship sessions and networking events. Set at a variety of venues in downtown Norfolk, the conference is also host to live performances by established musical acts from all over the world. With artists like The Foxfires and Sparky Quano, the festival portion of ECMC offers up a wide array of genres.

The conference has made a major announcement this week, offering free entry to anyone who can bring a copy of or electronic confirmation of their SXSW vouchers. And of course, attendees can keep their vouchers for SXSW deferment next year. Following SXSW’s announcement to offer voucher deferment but no refunds, millions of attendees were outraged by the choice. Their tickets come at a hefty cost and in response, ECMC has chosen to open its doors to each and every attendee who still yearns for their conference fix this year.

From June 4-7, speakers and attendees will network throughout downtown Norfolk in unique and intimate spaces, building time between panels so that artists & speakers can talk and network while walking to the next venue. The conference set-up proves to be a safer, more spacious environment as they are able to avoid having thousands of people packed together in one large room. ECMC is doing everything they can to reassure the public that they have been actively monitoring all public sources of information, including the CDC & World Health Organization; as well as state & local health departments and governments for updates. Right now, things are looking good! And it’s no doubt that in past years, their diligence has attracted major speakers and artists from around the world.

To date, the conference has brought many distinguished music industry leaders as well as Gold and Platinum record award winners to Norfolk, including Jackie Jackson, label owner and member of the Jackson 5. Major speakers in 2019 included Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman as well as Emily White, the founder of Collective Entertainment in New York. ECMC 2020 will bring notable music industry leaders, such as Melissa B, Dr. Louis Anthony deLise, Brian Falduto, Andrew Spalter, and many more. Partnered with the Downtown Norfolk Council, The Virginia Stage Company at Wells Theater, The Norva, Percolator Co-Working, The Barrel Room, and more, the event has set itself up for immense success and an impressive turnout.

To purchase tickets, you can visit their Eventbrite link here. To claim your free ticket, type in the code SX2020 and be sure to bring a copy of your SXSW ticket and/or electronic confirmation with you in person on the day of the event.

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