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By attending the best conferences/tradeshows you can stay on top of the latest trends, services, gear and companies in the music industry. Plus many of the conferences have artist showcase events where your band can play to top music industry professionals and music fans. These are the best ones you should consider attending or playing.

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Music Industry Conferences/Trade Shows

SXSW

Location: Austin, TX
With a variety of tradeshows ranging from industry topics like interactive music media, equipment, and other things, SXSW is highly revered as being the cornerstone of annual industry happenings.

ASCAP Expo

Location: New York, NY 10023
The music creator annual conference is dedicated to songwriting and composing. They help you hear from industry panels, engage in writing and producing workshops, learn about new avenues for marketing and promoting your music, network with peers and music industry executives, and visit music trade exhibits.

The Namm Show

Location: Carlsbad, CA 92008
All the latest musical products from around the world, professional training from industry experts.

MIDEM

midem takes place every year January in France and is the place where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands & talent come together to enrich the passionate relationship between people & music, transform audience engagement & form new business connections. They have over 6500 attendees, 3120 companies, 110 conferences, 360 journalists, & 60 gigs. 

SF Music Tech Summit

Location: San Francisco, CA
SF Music Tech takes place several times a year in San Francisco, CA. It brings together visionaries in the Music/Technology space, along with developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture an commerce. There are various social events to network with these attendees, but the real value is the incredible line up of panels and discussions on the most relevant and cutting edge topics in the Music/Technology space.  The site shows past shows topics and attendees so you can get a flavor of it. 

Music Biz Events

Location: Las Vegas, NV 89147-6446
Music Biz Events is the most comprehensive list of music events MusicNomad has come across. It includes music conferences, gatherings, festivals, summits, and awards shows all over the world. It gives you a description of each show, costs to attend, location and event contact information including a direct link to the website. Great way to stay on top of what is happening in the music industry. You can also search by newest or most popular events. You can also submit your event. It's all free. 

WOMEX

WOMEX is the world’s biggest professional music Conference, Trade Fair and Showcase for world, roots, folk, ethnic, traditional, alternative world, local and diaspora music.  

Music Matters

Location: Hong kong, 852-2167-8040
The Asia Pacific Music Forum takes place in May in Singapore with over 1200 Delegates including 175+ Speakers, 100 Attending Press, and 40 live acts performing at three separate live music showcases.  

Big Sound

Big Sound is a music industry summit and showcase that takes place in Brisbane, Australia every September. It features 3 days of conferences, panels & forums with the world's top music industry speakers. It also features over 120 of the best emerging acts in the southern hemisphere.  Bands can apply in the Spring to play in the showcases. 

Northside Festival

Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211
Northside Music Festival takes place every June and showcases 350 bands as well as two days of panel discussions, presentations and tech demonstrations from established business leaders and updstart innovators to North Brooklyn. 

Dewey Beach Music Conference

Location: Dewey Beach, DE 19971
Dewey Beach Music Conference takes place in Deleware every October for three nights. Artists and Bands can attend mentor and workshops by industry professionals. Bands can submit their music to play.  

Un-Convention

Location: Manchester, UK,
A series of music events aimed specifically at the grass roots of the industry, the goal of Un-Convention is to bring together like minded individuals to discuss the future of independent music.

List of tradeshows and conferences

Location: Delray Beach, FL 33482
This site lists over 50 Music tradeshows, conferences and festivals. 

CMJ

Location: New York, NY
CMJ Music Marathon offers a variety of panels, conferences and events pertaining to recent news and discoveries within the music industry.