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If you missed your chance to participate in the recent "NON-COMMvention" event at RECPHILLY, a space for creators located in Philadelphia's fashion district mall. Today is your lucky day, because I am going to share with you as Much as I can about the event and hopefully give you a glimpse of what you've might've missed. The NON-COMMvention, an annual gathering of public (non-commercial) radio music programmers and managers, music industry representatives, and music media from across North America returns to uncover the very best in new music from emerging and established artists. NON-COMMvention is produced by WXPN for Triple A stations and took place Tuesday, May 3 to Friday, May 6 at World Cafe Live / WXPN in Philadelphia. Evening and noontime musical showcases featured 30+ of today’s leading artists and bands from around the world and conference sessions explored the best practices, opportunities, and challenges for stations with a focus on artists and community impact.

Tuesday May 3rd, the NON-COMMvention Kicked off with the "Public Radio Music Summit" at RECPHILLY as industry professional hit the "Live Nation" stage to share their knowledge, insights & stories. As a courtesy the summit staff offered a complementary breakfast, gift bag and note pad to take notes, which you absolutely had to do the way the information came spilling out after opening remarks from Marta Mclellan Ross, Vice President of government and external affair at NPR. Following opening remarks "The future of public radio" panel included Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Jacaquie Gales Webb, Vice president of radio for CPB, Frank Dominguez, General Manager of WDAV classical public radio, Steven A. Williams president and CEO for WBGO, Nikki Swarn, Program Director 104.7 THE DROP and Roger LaMay General Manger at WXPN in conjunction gave the keynote address with assisting modules allowing the attendees to key up and make use of the note pads gifted previously. Following a short break attendants of the summit where once again addressed by a panel of industry professionals, who spoke of "navigating the new normal". Including streaming insights, music rights updates and information for modern podcast creators. Panelist included some of the the most insight speakers in the industry and my recommendation is that you get familiar with them and their work. Panelist are as follows, Abby Goldstein, president and executive director of Public Radio Program Directors Association, Adam Harris, execu produce at Mountain Stage, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, David Mattern, senior associate at King & Spalding and Suraya Mohammed senior management at NPR Music. The days events continues after another complementary meal with two more panels with one discussing how to be an effective grassroots advocate and the other discussing creating music programming for diverse voices. The event would come to a close at least temporarily with closing remarks, networking sessions and an optional tour of the RecPhilly facility before continuing the NON-COMMvention at WXPN & World Cafe for opening party and a night of performances. Stay up to date with the latest happenings at RECPHILLY via




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