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KindieFest is the world's first-ever family music conference that fully embraces today's market in all its diversity. Focusing exclusively on music for kids and families, KindieFest is back this spring for a packed weekend centered around the fastest growing aspect of the music business: family entertainment.
KindieFest offers a unique opportunity for industry members, musicians, kids' promotion and media professionals and talent buyers to learn, grow and play together. Get on the inside track of this growing corner of the music industry.
KindieFest attendees will benefit from an exciting, broad agenda, including: panel discussions, small group conversations, networking opportunities, an industry-only showcase and a public music festival.
The When & Where
KindieFest 2012 will take place from April 27 to 29, 2012, at Littlefield NYC in Brooklyn, New York. 622 Degraw Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue in the Gowanus (Park Slope) neighborhood.
2012 Schedule All events take place at Littlefield, at 622 Degraw Street in Brooklyn.
Friday night, April 27
6:00-9:00 We'll have an opening networking reception and a keynote address. Kicking off KindieFest 2012, Scott Schultz will be our keynote speaker Friday night. Scott Schultz is co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba!, the award-winning, live-action television series whose unconventional formula has created a triple stacked fan base, making it one of the most popular entertainment properties among preschoolers, parents and indie music lovers alike.
Saturday, April 28
10:00-11:00 (room 1) TV: Where Do We Fit In?
Even with the rise of digital streaming and apps, television is still a big part of many musicians' goals. We'll have a range of people with expertise in all aspects of the industry.
Ralph Covert, Ralph's World (Moderator) Steve Burns, Blue's Clues Michael Rubin, Murmur Music Steve Roslonek, SteveSongs Ginger Brown, Curious Pictures Janice Burgess, Creative Consultant, The Winx Club, Nickelodeon
10:00-11:00 (room 2) Books and Music and More!
Music, books, and kid-friendly apps (many of them reading-oriented) are central to many parents, and artists and others have figured out how to combine the two successfully. We'll hear from some folks who have done so!
Jeff Giles, Dadnabbit (Moderator) Dr. Alice Wilder, Speakaboos Roland Stringer, Secret Mountain Nerissa Nields, The Nields Rachel Loshak, Gustafer Yellowgold Scott Gordon, Random House Children's Books
11:15-12:15 (room 1) Digital Dough! While family music has been slower than many types of music to go digital, it's inevitable. Here, we'll discuss how to make money in a digital world. Understand the financial pros and cons of streaming, i.e. Pandora and Spotify; the benefits of smart search engine optimization; how to choose your digital distribution route when doing it yourself; plus more!
Peter Wright, Virtual Label (Moderator) Katie Schlosser, Spotify Neeta Ragoowansi, Sound Exchange Sujan Hong-Raphael, eMusic Tony Van Veen, CD Baby
11:15-12:15 (room 2) Two-Tiered Career A music career can complement other ways to reach kids, whether it's music teaching, yoga, movement therapy, education, fitness, or other. This panel will feature successful music-and-other professionals.
Audra Tsanos, AudraRox (Moderator) Aaron Nigel Smith, One World Chorus Amy Otey, Miss Amy Melissa Levis, Moey's Music Party Kira Willey, Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids Xenia Rubinos, Jazz at Lincoln Center's WeBop
12:30-1:45 Marketing/PR: What's the Difference? Ah, the mysterious world of marketing and public relations. Here, we'll try to remove some of the mystery: Who does what? What can I do myself, and where to I need to invest to make sure the word is getting out to the right people?
Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR (Moderator) Rebecca Shapiro, Shorefire Media Lauri Chmielewski, TreeTop Artists KC Mancebo, Clamorhouse Kids Alan Winnikoff, Sayles & Winnikoff Communications
1:45-2:15 Lunch Break
2:15-3:25 How to Empower Your Fan Base
National and regional artists need to empower fans to spread the word especially since fans keep aging out! Street teams, online networking, and more will be discussed.
Dave Loftin, Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl (Moderator) Joanie Leeds, Artist Scott Feldman, DI-WHY Corey Zaloom, Fanbridge Mike Ragogna, Huffington Post
3:45-4:50 Making a Scene
Sure, there are established series and events in many places, and a growing number of places where artists are working together cooperatively. But lots of places don't have any place for family music, or ways to work together, or could use more. Here, we'll talk about building things, whether festivals, series, or national information sharing.
Kathy O'Connell, WXPN Kids' Corner (Moderator) Donny Atkins, Diggityfest Keli O'Neil Wenel, JiggleJam Rudy Trubitt, Patchwork Series Susie Tennant, kinDIY.org, Seattle Town Hall Laurie Cearley, The Office, 92Y BYOK, Mass MoCA, Celebrate Brooklyn Simone Eccelston, Harlem Stage
5:00-6:00 The State of Kindie
People have been singing to their kids forever. But what we now call kindie music is about to become a teenager. This panel will take the long view: where we've been, where we are, and where we're going.
Stefan Shepherd, Zooglobble (Moderator) Dan Zanes, Artist Mindy Thomas, Sirius/XM Kids' Place Live Jeff Bogle, Out With the Kids Christina Refford, Cool Mom Picks Darren Critz, Symphony Space
Everything is subject to change.
That night, we'll have an industry-only showcase and party another great chance to network and discuss what you saw throughout the day! Here's who's playing Saturday night:
Hullabaloo Mista Cookie Jar Lori Henriques Uncle Devin Show Renee & Jeremy Elska Gustafer Yellowgold Alastair Moock & Friends Caspar Babypants Dan Zanes & Bomba Yo
Sunday, April 29: We'll have a separately ticketed public family music festival with some of the best in the family music world! Tickets for the festival are available at Littlefield's website.
For $95 you'll be able to attend our Friday evening reception and keynote, the panels at the conference on Saturday and the Saturday evening industry-only showcase. (We'll also serve pizza during the showcase; that's included in your registration.) This fee does not include the Sunday festival, which will be separately ticketed.
Register now; space is limited! Click on "Begin Order" over to the right to start registering!
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The Legal Stuff
KindieFest is a production of KindieFest LLC. Executive producers are Bill Childs, Stephanie Mayers, Tor Hyams and Mona Kayhan. Everything is subject to change.
You must bring your ticket to the event; we will exchange it for a badge.
622 DeGraw St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Yeah! It's kid friendly, but do we have to buy the kids tickets?
Thanks for the inquiry! The conference isn't really for kids, and the showcase is for people attending the conference. Sunday's festival is public and for kids and, yes, kids need tickets. Those are available through TicketFly.