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June 10, 2009

Urban Network Music, Entertainment & Marketing Summit

URBAN NETWORK, the industry's premier trade and consumer publication, is legal now, turning 21 years-old in 2009.

General registration is only $200 and day passes are $75; you can register HERE

The Urban Network Summit has been the meeting ground for music executives, recording artists, the radio broadcasting community, music retailers, new media strategists, producer-songwriters, music publishers, entertainment attorneys, managers, film makers, entrepreneurs, and financiers for practically two decades. The event consistently attracts the industry's top professionals, and its aspiring newcomers.

SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST RECOGNIZABLE RECORDING ARTISTS have participated in past Urban Network Summits, from Destiny's Child, Will Smith, Lionel Richie and Mary J. Blige, to Boyz II Men, Patti LaBelle, Busta Rhymes, and Mint Condition. Other names include Wyclef Jean, Rahsaan Patterson, Kirk Franklin, Chante Moore, Trey Songz, Ludacris, LL Cool J, Mike Jones, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Bun B, Mary Mary,Yolanda Adams, and a host of others.

Central to the Summit are Urban Network's informative and TOPICAL SEMINAR SESSIONS. There are nearly two-dozen panel sessions providing attendees with information on a diverse array of entertainment industry-related topics, from radio station programming, operating brick and mortar retail stores in today's online driven environment, songwriting and production know-how from some of today's top creative talent, to exploiting your artists and labels through the digital medium, to becoming a success in the HIP-HOP, R&B, AND GOSPEL GENRES.

"With Twenty-years of serving the industry, and 19 years of coordinating conferences, we are very excited about each milestone that Urban Network continues to reach," says Urban Network Publisher & CEO, Miller London. "Again, I guarantee that you will be happy about the Summit that we are coordinating for attendees. We hope that you join us in our new location at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, and the Marriott Downtown Memphis, June 11-14, and that you register both for the Summit and your hotel room early. With the early buzz that is already generating, rooms will certainly be filling up fast, and you must be registered and properly credentialed to participate. Due to these challenging economic times, we have discounted the cost of registration to $200 per person. We promise to still provide you with the industry's top players, lots of pertinent information, plenty of networking opportunities, and a chance to market your wares to some of the most important professionals in the business."

For more information and Summit updates, regularly visit www.urbannetwork.com/Memphis
or contact our Summit hotline at 213.388.4155 ext 102 or ext. 105


In the early days of the Summit, the radio/broadcast community was the primary focus of these events. But with the changing face of radio and the industry as a whole, the Summit has expanded to attract a wide array of entertainment industry professionals and our panels and seminar themes reflect it.

Regular attendees of the Urban Network include:
Major Music Groups & Distributors: Warner Music Group/WEA, SonyBMG, Universal Music Group, and EMI Music Marketing have consistently hosted events to showcase much of their new and established talent.

Radio Groups: With representatives from Cumulus, Clear Channel and Radio One, representing more than 200 urban radio stations

Digital Radio Companies: Live365, Music Choice, XM, Launch, Sirius Satellite

The Gospel Music Community: The first full-day of the Summit has traditionally highlighted recording artists, label representatives, radio stations and music retailers from the Gospel Music Community. There have been a series of seminars, poolside receptions and showcases where gospel artists are featured. Among our regular supporters are Verity Records, EMI Gospel, Malaco, Fontana/Universal and others.

Independent Record Labels & Entrepreneurs: Perhaps at the heart of Urban Network attendees, this includes a large number of indie labels/representatives, artists and consultants looking for networking opportunities with retailers, radio stations, online aggregators, major labels (for up-streaming opportunities), distributors, and showcasing/performances. The Independent Music Festival is prime time for artists and labels to showcase their wares.

Independent Distributors: Representatives from RED, Fontana, KOCH, RND, Super D, Navarre

Mixshow DJs: These guys are considered ground zero for any record label promoting a record to the streets

Music Publishers: Such as EMI, Warner Chappell, Universal, Sony ATV, and independents like Chrysalis, Rondor, Windswept and Nottinghill

Performance Rights and Trade Groups are among our most consistent sponsors: ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange, the Society of Singers, the Recording Academy (producers of the Grammys)

A&R Executives: Independent labels and artists looking for a recording deal or to upstream their releases attend Urban Network to network with some of the most influential artist and repertoire execs in the industry.

Entertainment Attorneys: Urban Network has a long-time alliance with the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, as many of its members attend our Summit

Publicists & Journalists: Writers and reporters from print, radio, TV and internet media

Marketing and Brand Managers: Whether from the worlds of NASCAR, the Ava Duvernay Agency, Carol H. Williams Agency, Burrell Communications, and more!

Managers & Consultants: Leading artist and label representatives attend the Summit offering their areas of expertise to our attendees

New Media & e-Commerce Professionals: Over the last four Summits, Urban Network has attracted an increasingly growing list of personnel from the worlds of social networks, mobile wireless, Ringtones, and online music stores. Panelists and/or sponsors have included: Dizzler, Motorola, Boost Mobile, Napster, SoundExchange, Yahoo, MySpace, Live365, Media Guide, Xxtreme Measures, Urban World Wireless, Real HipHop.com, BurnLounge, Zune,  iTunes, and  aggregators such as Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) and Big Fish Media

Songwriter-Producers: Some of the creators of the top-selling hits have graced our panels from DJ Toomp, Rodney Jerkins, The Underdogs, J-Que, Shawn Garrett, Kashif, the Avila Brothers, Warryn Campbell, Mike City, Harold Lilly, and Dre & Vidal

Film & DVD Distribution: Participants and sponsors have included UrbanWorks, Code Black, Paramount, Sony, New Line Cinema, Overbrook Entertainment

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