2008 Florida Music Festival

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Blasting into its 7th year as the largest music networking event in the southeast, the 2008 Florida Music Festival is set to break records again with more than 200 industry, 250 bands, solo artists, and over 25,000 music fans expected in attendance. There are 35 performance slots reserved for Sonicbids members. FMF is held each spring at 15 sold out, state of the art indoor/outdoor venues over four days of the sunshine, rooftop parties, and rocking the streets of Downtown Orlando with the regionÂ’s top unsigned talent. This year's FMF will be held May 14-17th, 2008. The Florida Music Festival offers submitted artists the unique opportunity for a specified number to attend the conferences and showcases free of charge, whether they are performing or just networking. They will also have the chance to perform on sold out stages from 500 capacity indoors, to 5000 capacity outdoors .

Attention artists: The 7th Annual 2008 Florida Music Festival would like to bring one of you to Orlando to showcase all expenses paid!

This is open to both US and Canadian artists! One act will be selected to showcase on the mainstage for 5,000 music fans, dozens of industry A&R, Agents and more:

  • FMF pays for band travel expenses, hotels for 2 days/nights and food vouchers for lunch/dinner at mainstage area restaurants.

  • FMF offers band MAINSTAGE showcase slot during primetime on Friday night.

  • FMF offers band VIP passes to all parties/showcases/conferences (complimentary drinks, food, networking with all industry attendees)

  • FMF/AXIS Magazine offers full page feature on the band (25,000 circulation/monthly)

    Mainstage headliners have included: Flogging Molly, Less Than Jake, Third Eye Blind, Everclear, Buckcherry and more. "This is one of my favorite conferences of the year" Ron Burman


    "Black Tide's ear seering showcase at FMF06 go them attention from A&R
    (Interscope) and the Prince of Darkness himself (Ozzfest 07 Tour)"

    SPIN Magazine/Feb Issue

    Some of the recent yearsÂ’ signings have included Big 10-4 (Universal) The Mile After (Drive-Thru/Rushmore), Black Tide (Interscope), Between The Trees (Sony) and Million Year Echo (Epic) all signing shortly after their FMF showcases. The music industry saturates the event with last year's attendees including names like Matt Pinfield (VH1), Ron Burman (Roadrunner/Nickelback), Steve Tramposch (Virgin/Red Jumpsuit Apparatus), John Janick (Fueled By Ramen/Panic! At The Disco/Fallout Boy), Richard Reines (President/ Drive Thru) as well as reps from Capitol, Atlantic, Epic, CAA, APA, WMA, ASCAP, BMI, and Purevolume to name just a few.

    The FMF weekend includes two other significant aspects- the Indie Film Jam and Rock Walk art exhibition. The 4th annual Indie Film Jam will feature a juried competition of shorts, music videos and documentaries. Fresh off of an expansion year, the Rock Walk will display music inspired pieces from concert art and album covers to sculptures and mixed media.

    Gibson Guitars returns as a major partner to allow submitted artists the chance to win a Gibson Les Paul.

    FMF 2008 submissions are open to all genres including acoustic, alternative, hard rock, pop, electronic and urban/hip-hop.

    "This is one of my favorite festivals to attend. I can't wait for this year's event."
    - Steve Tramposch (Virgin/ Red Jumpsuit Apparatus)

    "One of the best conferences on the calendar."
    - Steve Robertson (Atlantic/ Shindeown/Paramore)

    *Please note* Selected artists will receive a laminate for each band member to attend the conferences panels. Artists that have submitted but are not selected to showcase will receive 2 laminates that grant admission to conference panels.