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25 S Queen St
Lancaster, PA, 17603
United States


The official website of the 10th annual LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival.






LAUNCH Music Conference is a developing artist music conference, taking place annually in Historic Downtown Lancaster, PA every April over three days and three nights. LAUNCH is both education and performance centered. All artists who submit for one of over (200) performance spots are invited to attend LAUNCH and given complementary weekend badges. This badge grants free access to the full daytime program and free entry to all non-marquee showcases at night, with a 50% discount on marquee performances. Attendees can expect 12+ hours of music education, curated by The Entertainment Institute (TEI), a world-renowned music industry education platform. TEI was founded by 4-Fini owner Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), and Jen Kellogg (a professor at Columbia College andaccountant for the Vans Warped Tour).
TEI partnered with LAUNCH founder Jeremy L. Weiss in January of 2016.



From 10AM to 4PM on Friday and Saturday, more than 40 industry professionals educate prospective music industry workers and bands on a variety of topics, from deal structures to content creation, social media and tour booking. Panelists come from the most respected agencies in their fields, and some are members of internationally-acclaimed bands.



For three nights, LAUNCH's performing artists take to the stage and showcase their music across the city. 220 unique performances took place in 2016 across 17 stages, all conveniently located within a five block radius in the heart of downtown Lancaster. There are stages indoors and outdoors, including in historic Penn Square, and in many popular downtown bars, restaurants, and clubs, in addition to the Lancaster County Convention Center.


P A S T   S P O N S O R S

A L U M N I   A R T I S T S

Though LAUNCH was established as a developing artist conference, the festival has hosted numerous well-known artists, blended into the nighttime programming as Marquee Events, to raise the profile and general awareness of the festival. LAUNCH hopes to host artists both on their way to the top, and again once they have reached the next level. Our 2011 conference received a submission from (and subsequently placed) a virtually unknown act from Ohio who would rapidly ascend to greatness and renown - Twenty-One Pilots.

P A S T   P A N E L I S T S   I N C L U D E

Chuck Andrews (Goodfight Management)
Jen Appel (The Catalyst Publicity Group)
Biggie (Good Fight Management)
JB Brubaker (August Burns Red)
Tim Borror (United Talent Agency)
Chrissy Borsellino (The Catalyst Publicity Group)
Derek Brewer (Outerloop Management)
Terry "Buzz" Brown (Dark Child Entertainment)
Andrew Buck (APA)
Jesse Cannon (Noise Creators)
The International DJ Casper (Darkchild)
Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills)
Mike Ciprari (SJC Drums)
Cory Crossman (City of London, ON)
Vince Edwards (Metal Blade Records)

Ace Enders (The Early November)
Matt Friction (The Pink Spiders)
Cory Hajde (Royal Division)
Matt Halpern (The Entertainment Institute)
Matthew "Portland" Hay (Forefathers Group)
David Ivory (Ivory Productions)
Michael Kealey (Motor Scout Music)
Jen Kellogg (The Entertainment Institute)
Kyla Lombardo (Riot Fest)
Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour)
Christian McKnight (LiveNation NY)
Jason McMahon (Substream Magazine)
Mike Mowery (Outerloop Management)
Lou Plaia (ReverbNation)
Nikhil Potdar (Outerloop Management)
Andrew Reitz (Green Vans)
Eva Alexiou-Reo (Fata Booking)

John Riccardi (SeatGeek)
Kevin Rife (Pro Touring Services)
Dan Rozenblum (Circle Talent Agency)
Mark Schulz (Recording Academy - Phila)
James Shotwell (Haulix)
David Silbaugh (Milwaukee Summerfest)
Holly Skiadis (iHeartRadio)
Deborah "Zuke" Smith (Zuketunes, LLC)
Ryan Soroka (United Talent Agency)
Conor Sullivan (Ice Nine Kills)
Terry "Tru" Sneed (Finagle Ent)
Kate Truscott (4Fini)
Leah Urbano (Crimson Management)
Chris Walters (GHS Strings)
Jonathan Wilson (TKO Agency)
Mike Ziemer (Third String Productions)

B R A N D   E N G A G E M E N T   O P P O R T U N I T I E S

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