The Production Music Association (“PMA”) will bring their successful Production Music Conference (“PMC”) back for a third consecutive year, taking place at the Le Méridien Delfina in Santa Monica on October 17th and 18th. The newly expanded 2-day conference will host business, creative and technology panels featuring the best and brightest in the Production Music world and will consist of industry panels, educational seminars with music professionals, and networking events. New features include 1 on 1 meetings with a professional, hosted roundtable discussions with professionals, and nearby networking and meeting spaces. The goal of the conference is to bring the PM community together and provide actionable solutions for our music, business and our clients. The conference will educate on current trends and tools, supply valuable information, share the creation of industry-wide technology standards and provide a state of the industry to the composing, songwriting and publishing communities. The PMC strives to provide a positive and inspired forum to attendees and, after only two years, is now a fixture in the calendar for people involved in all aspects of production music.

This year, the PMC is honored to have Joel Goodman (PMA Board Member) host a discussion with musician and outspoken artists’ rights activist David Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker, and industry expert Brian McNelis (Lakeshore Records), about the ongoing challenges to how music is valued in today’s market. With David and Brian at the forefront of this debate, expect strong opinions and progressive ideas as they explore what can be done to achieve a fair and balanced music industry.

The topics covered this year at PMC will include:

– Recording, Mixing, and Mastering techniques for production music

– The Future of Global Rights and Global Licensing

– The Future of Television: Emerging Revenue Streams for a New Era

– Hack-A-Thon: 60 Minutes to Solve the Future of Music Monitoring and Monetization

– Production Music Piracy and How to Know if your Music is being Pirated

–  The Pros and Cons of Covers, Remixes, Custom Tracks for Music in Movie Trailers

–  Advertising: Sync’ing Up the Ins and Outs of Music in Ads

–  Hosted Roundtable Discussions

–  1-1 Meetings With A Pro (attendees will get to sign up for meetings)

–  Hosted Roundtables (join tables hosted by various PM pros)

Registration is available at

The conference will conclude with the Mark Awards, the one-of-a-kind awards ceremony that honors outstanding production music in 24 categories. Production music is the sonic lifeblood of so many audiovisual productions, from television programs, to promotional campaigns, to major theatrical releases. Named in honor of the late Andy Mark, who was a library owner and founding member of the PMA, The Mark Awards recognize the very best in production music.

Submissions are now open. Entries can be submitted via

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