These Are the Music Industry Professionals You Need to Catch at the Hudson Valley Music Summit

This conference is a full-day event for music professionals to share insights, strategies, and experiences on how to create music and share it with fans.


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The Hudson Valley has an undeniable love affair with the music industry. The spirit of Woodstock ’69 — despite an unfortunate outlook for the coming 50th anniversary festival — lives strong, as does that of Bob Dylan’s Big Pink. Landmark albums continue to be recorded across the region, and venues like The Capitol Theatre, BSP Kingston, and Albany’s Palace Theatre bring in influential performers both old and new.

Throughout the decades, this love affair has been kindled by a handful of names for which music is everything, and many of them are soon to gather at a music conference at Kingston’s Best Western Plus on August 9 to discuss the status and future of the music industry.

The Hudson Valley Music Summit is a full-day event for music industry professionals — from managers to promoters, musicians, record labels, and beyond — to share insights, strategies, and experiences on how to create music and share it with fans. The conference is produced by Dave Hoffman, an author and musician with a history of hosting networking and educational events in various cities for the past 15 years.

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An all-star roster of speakers and panelists from notable sectors of the music scene will host a series of discussions covering various industry-related topics. Even more, live performances will be scattered throughout the day to break up these discussions.

Here’s a quick look at a few of the highlights at the summit:

• Dean Budnick, Editor-in-Chief of Relix Magazine, will interview The Capitol Theatre’s Peter Shapiro on the venue’s game-changing revival.

Sirius XM’s Alan Light will host a panel with Tracy Bonham and Michelle Shocked on diversifying a long career in an ever-changing musical landscape.

Dennis Dunaway, founding member of Alice Cooper, will present a video screening of Cold Cold Coffin, a short film telling the story of a wealthy tycoon who discovers his young bride married him for his estate.

Jeff Mercel, National Director of Music for O+ Festival, is a panelist alongside Rick Schneider of 98.1 WKZE and Mike “Ragu” Rogowski of Mountain Sky Orchestra discussing the Hudson Valley music scene as a whole.

Cherie Hu, a freelance journalist for Billboard and Forbes, hosts a panel on reimagining the 21st century record label.

• Live performances by The Levins, Michelle Shocked, and Kris Gruen.

After the full day of panel discussions, BSP Kingston hosts a panel showcase, free for summit attendees, featuring the Mike Montrey Band, The Foxfires, and Craig Greenberg. If you’re interested in finding out more or registering for the event, head to the Hudson Valley Music Summit website here.

Related: Read Firsthand Festival Accounts From the Woodstock Generation

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