WMC – Just The Facts
Winter Music Conference
March 8 – 12, 2011
Miami Beach, FL
***For Immediate Release***
November 17, 2010
At 12:57am today, Winter Music Conference’s founding Director’s received an email from Ultra Music Festival notifying them that the 2011 Ultra Music Festival would not be presented during and in conjunction with the 2011 Winter Music Conference. The notification was served despite a signed October 15, 2009 contract between the two entities which stated that the 2011 Ultra Music Festival would be presented during the five-day period in February, March or April 2011 designated and promoted by WMC as the ‘WMC week’. WMC organizers say “We were blindsided by Ultra’s last minute announcement this morning.”
“The date selection is based exclusively on venue availability. We present one of the most extensive programs of the year during peak season in Miami Beach. We are constantly developing our program in order to provide the best possible venues and hotels at the best possible terms for the artists, delegates and program participants.” Traditionally the WMC dates have ranged from mid February to the end of March.
“WMC remains committed to the artists, delegates and fans that have made the program what it has become over the last 25 years. The festivals, Ultra and many others, are amazing experiences for the fans and artists alike. By contrast the quintessential WMC experience is really about the camaraderie between pioneering artists and industry legends – walking into a club or pool party and seeing your favorite artists up on stage performing amongst their own peers. It is the unrehearsed chemistry that goes along with the amazing aggregation of artists, industry and fans converged on Miami Beach that make these once in a lifetime collaborations happen everywhere you turn – from the panel discussions and meetings to the incredible sounds coming from every nook and cranny across Miami Beach for five days straight. Our passion has always been about the love of music. We don’t see that changing anytime soon.”
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Fuck the Collective.
The above speaks to the inability and inefficiency of WMC as an organization. That, after 25 years has a responsibility to progress Electronic music. Instead, This is a huge step backwards. To me they seem like the ass-backward thinking record labels that are working towards bankruptcy. They don’t get it and haven’t gotten it for a while.
WMC vs. Ultra:
The Veterans, the guys who made this week in Miami all about Electronic music and made a festival like Ultra possible.
Why hasn’t WMC the organization been able to create a music festival like Ultra on their own? They have the Connections. The time. The Talent. Squanders of opportunity.
IDMA’s (International Dance Music Awards) are a JOKE. I attended last year on a whim. This HAD an opportunity to be the Hottest ticket in town. I mean it was pretty official, performances, stadium seating, full run of show, major talent – Tiesto, Guetta, Mau5, Pit Bull (LOL).
Why is there no marketing about this? Why are you giving away tickets for free? Why in gods name is it 75% empty in there?
If you don’t take yourself seriously who the fuck will?
Lets say WMC really wasn’t able to secure the hotels for conference/delegates. This is survival of the fittest. After 25 years of supporting a full week of business in Miami, you cant lock in a hotel. COME ON. Make a real effort or its time to call mommy, the game’s over.
First things first:
Let’s not kid ourselves , this is the music business. Artists are going where the money is and that is Obviously Ultra.
Sure you will have the purists who will attend WMC week to ‘Keep it real’ . But keeping it real doesn’t pay the bills so even the DJs who aren’t being booked at Ultra will be heading to Miami During that week because that is where the parties are. That is where the Fans are going to be and that is where the cash is.
They have proven themselves. Producing a Massive , Safe, Revenue Generating Festival.
Ultra Has become the Destination.It has been for a while now. Only now that WMC has moved from under the Ultra Umbrella will it become evident to everyone else.
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