Sunset Sessions: Las Vegas

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Celebrating it's 15th year, Sunset Sessions is a music industry-only event that brings together over 800 radio programmers, top music supervisors, record companies, artist managers, publishers, and booking agents from across the country. One slot with all performance fees waived has been reserved for Sonicbids artists. All other labels and artists must pay $2,500-$8,000 in fees. Selected artists may be broadcast, interviewed, and streamed, by the radio and media outlets who attend each year./n/nThroughout 2012 Sunset Sessions are celebrating their 15 years of "Giving Artists a True Chance To Be Heard"! They've showcased 88 artists already this year between February and June's events. Sunset Sessions events are industry-only conferences that bring together professionals from radio, music supervision, record labels, artists, managers, agents and press all to expose them to the freshest new talent to discover and treat them to some legendary favorites. This November will a new version of their established event: Sunset Sessions Vegas at The Cosmopolitan will not only be the industry's most valuable and successful artist showcase, but it will also benefit charities around the world! One showcase slot has been reserved with all performance fees waived for a Sonicbids artist. All other artists and labels (whether independent or major) contribute $2300-$8500 performance fee for their spot, which goes to flying in all the radio and music supervisors for a guaranteed influential attendance. Not only will the Sonicbids selected artist get this once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase for the people who can truly make a difference in their careers, but they too will get to pick a charity they wish to represent and be given an allotment of tickets to use for that charity. Confirmed Artists already include Steve Earle, Susanna Hoffs, The Parlotones and so many many more.

2011's selected artist, Bushwalla had the following to say about his experience at Sunset Sessions last year:

My experience at Sunset sessions was amazing. Michele Clark and her crew are the ambassadors of cool. They treat their performers great and as a performer you also get the opportunity to witness amazing acts. I was in the front row for Sia, Black Dub and k.d. lang. Such an amazing time! Also on a networking standpoint I left SS with a slew of new contacts. From music supervisors to radio personalities that came from all over. Through my first SS experience I started to get played on local San Diego radio along with an opportunity to open for Fitz and the Tantrums. SS is well worth the time and there's great food!!

Sunset Sessions offers the chance to perform in front of a captive audience (we literally take attendance before each performance) of top industry tastemakers from radio stations, music supervisors from film, TV, commercials and video games, along with record companies, managers, publishers, and the press. The 2012 Sunset Sessions and Sunset Sessions ROCK! events hosted 90 bands and over 2500 industry professional attendees.

Recent attendees at the Sunset Sessions events included:

  • Livia Tortella – Co-President and COO, Warner Brothers Records

  • Gene Rumsey – President, Concord Music Group

  • Kevin Lyman – Founder, Warped Tour

  • Bill Armstrong – Co-Founder of SideOneDummy

  • Peter Katsis – Manager and Partner at Prospect Park

  • Kevin Zinger – Co-Founder, Suburban Noize Records (Saigon, Mickey Avalon, La Coka Nostra, Glasses Malone)

  • Danny Goldberg - Manager, former president of Atlantic Records, Warner Brother Records, Mercury Records, and discovered Nirvana

  • Daniel Glass - President fonder of Glassnote Records

  • Alexandra Patsavas - founder of Chop Shop, music supervisor of Twilight, Grey's Anatomy and countless others

Artists who perform at Sunset Sessions have the opportunity to be interviewed, streamed, and broadcast by the various radio, internet, press, and media outlets who attend and cover the event each year. This year's events was already covered by CBS, San Francisco Chronicle, The Recording Academy, Citybeat,, The San Diego Tribune and radio stations across the country, with live and recorded broadcast feeds on KPRI, 91X and NBC. See for more media coverage and information.

Past performers include: Stevie Nicks, Chris Isaak, Jimmy Cliff, Stephen Stills, Billy Corgan, The Black Keys, Richie Sambora, Jack Johnson, Serj Tankian, Ryan Adams, Jewel, The Zac Brown Band, Melissa Etheridge, Unwritten Law, Jason Mraz, k.d. lang, Eve 6, Joss Stone, Toots & the Maytals, Pete Yorn, Ziggy Everlast, Marley, Roseanne Cash, Everclear, The John Butler Trio, Five for Fighting, Third Eye Blind, Rick Springfield, P.O.D., John Waite, Ozomatli, Needtobreathe and many, many more.

Check out the video below for a history of Sunset Sessions, and the artists it has helped to break and launch over the years. Also check out more about Sunset Sessions from the San Diego Tribune, Grammy365, and FMQB.