Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Conference Showcase & Competition

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The Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Conference & Awards, now in its 7th year, will be held September 6-8, 2006 at The Renaissance Waverly hotel in Atlanta.

This 3-day event brings together the music professionals that help to create, produce, promote and distribute the hottest genre on the charts today. Attendees get face-to-face with over 700 key industry players for educational sessions, networking opportunities, expert roundtable discussions, live artist showcases, the first Billboard/Monitor R&B Hip-Hop Radio Awards, and the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards.

Attendees include artists & managers, A&R reps, booking agents, club owners, corporate sponsors, concert touring companies, distributors, DJs, festival producers, fimmakers, Internet companies, manufacturers, new media representatives, press, producers, production companies, publishing companies, radio and television management, record label executives, record producers, record studios, retailers, songwriters, wholesalers and more!

Showcase your artist and get MAXIMUM EXPOSURE at the industry's most important business-to-business event of the year! Here is your chance to perform live in front of all conference attendees. There are 10 performance slots available. Select artists will be judged by a panel of industry experts, comprised of label heads, radio executives and producers. One act will be chosen as the "We Hear the Future" Billboard R&B Hip-Hop artist of 2006, and will receive a featured interview in Billboard! Genres accepted include R&B/Soul, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Rap/Crunk. Selected artists must pay a $2,500 showcase fee to participate.


  • Opportunity to perform live in front of the industry's most influential players including: label executives, retailers, radio programmers, TV producers, writers and more

  • All backline for performance (additional equipment at band's expense)

  • 2 (two) full conference registrations good for the 4 days of the discussions, networking, parties, the Billboard Radio Awards and the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Awards

  • 4 additional guest tickets to your performance

  • Insert a promotional item into registration bags that go to 1000 conference attendees & press

  • Opportunity to distribute promotional materials during your performance

  • Photo and brief description featured in conference issue of Billboard magazine

  • Performance mention on Billboard Events website

  • Winner receives a featured interview by Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop, Senior Editor, Gail Mitchell
Please note: Artists selected to perform are responsible for their own travel & accommodation. Check out for discounted hotel rates.