PROGRAM

Tentative Program (subject to change without notice)

DAY ONE

9 AM-9:10 AM
WELCOME
Bryan Ekus,  President & Executive Producer & Larry Jaffee, Conference Chair

 

9:10 AM – 10:00 AM (General Session)
PANEL DISCUSSION: RECORD STORE DAY, 11 YEARS LATER
RSD Co-founder Michael Kurtz and panelists explain why and how nearly three-quarters of a million new records were sold in the U.S. on April 21, and what’s in store for RSD Black Friday next month to keep the momentum going.

 

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM (General Session)
Morning Keynote: TBA 

 

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
NETWORKING BREAK

 

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (General Session)
PANEL DISCUSSION: NEW VINYL PLANTS TAKE THE PLUNGE
Not for the faint-hearted, building a new pressing plant from scratch is quite an undertaking from both a financial and technology standpoint. Hear from newbies on whether the early performance is meeting their expectations.

 

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM (General Session)
PANEL DISCUSSION: THE NEW BUSINESS MODEL FILLING THE VINYL PIPELINE (organized by A2iM)
It’s definitely not your father’s record business, as entrepreneurial thinking by independent labels prove short runs of limited editions can still be profitable. Production managers combing tape vaults for unreleased gems and direct-to-consumer vinyl clubs defy long-accepted notions of economies of scale. Panelists include Gerard Blum, Sony Music International.

 

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
LUNCH – Sponsored by Colonial Purchasing Co-Op

 

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track 1
Pressing Innovations & New Tools

  • Quality Control and standards
  • The promise of HD Vinyl
  • Raw materials, consumables & hardware

 

Track 2
Vinyl Mastering, Cutting & Manufacturing Intricacies

  • Lathe Cutting and Galvanics
  • Sound Restoration
  • Protecting against infringement claims

 

Track 3
Sales, Marketing & Distribution

  • The importance of killer packaging
  • Brokers keep the orders coming
  • Bundling turntables with new records, physical media combinations

 

7:00 PM
MAKING VINYL AWARDS – Hosted by Craig Braun 
(Open to all registered participants)
Returning to host the Making Vinyl Awards, is Grammy Award-winning Craig Braun, renown for executing such groundbreaking album covers conceived by Andy Warhol as the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers and the Velvet Underground & Nico, as well his own Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. Braun shifted careers to full-time acting about 15 years ago, chalking up with a long list of feature film, television and theater credits.

 

DAY TWO

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM (General Session)
MORNING KEYNOTE

 

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM (General Session)
PANEL DISCUSSION: WOMEN IN VINYL
James Brown once sang “It’s A Man’s World,” but women have played a role in vinyl’s rebirth in every job category.

 

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM (General Session)
PANEL DISCUSSION: THE POWER OF CRATE DIGGERS
Vinyl’s re-emergence as the preferred physical music carrier is keeping at least 50 pressing plants around the world pumping out new records purchased by vlogging enthusiasts who are individually reaching via social media audiences numbering hundreds of thousand loyal followers.


NETWORKING BREAK: 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

11:15 AM-12 PM
TBA

 

12 PM – 12:30 PM
ARTIST CLOSING KEYNOTE (General Session)

 

1:00 PM
CONFERENCE ENDS

 

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch on your own in the Cass Corridor Neighborhood (buses leave from Cadillac Westin)

 

2:00 PM
THIRD MAN PRESSING TOUR
Sponsored by Third Man Pressing

 

2:00 PM
MOTOWN MUSIC CRAWL* Click here for more information
*(separate fee required) departing from the Cass Corridor Neighborhood