What is the difference between a “music conference” and a “music festival?”
While they both offer a chance to see and play live performances and meet people, a music conference is also about the music industry. It’s where musicians and industry professionals gather to share their knowledge and experience for the purpose of stimulating ideas, conversation and creativity in the industry.
In Japan, there are many music festivals, but KMC is the only globally oriented music conference; an event that features a wide range of interesting music and opportunities, sponsors seminars and workshops about the music industry and brings together musicians from all over the world, all at the same time.
"I’ve met more people from around the world at KMC than I have anywhere else in my life." - Dale Campbell (UK), KMC 2009-2011
After 4 years of over 500% growth, a solid support base of companies & organizations and several success stories of artists using KMC provided opportunities to advance their careers, KMC has become the fastest growing, independently run, globally focused music industry event in Japan. As an annual event that brings together independent artists and musicians from 5 continents, the theme of "Building Bridges With Music," is not just a phrase, it’s an experience that thousands of musicians and music fans worldwide have been a part of.
Regardless of nationality and native languages, KMC artists often use the common language of music to have jam sessions, collaborate on performances, tour and record together, not only at the conference, but in Canada, UK, Australia and other countries as well. KMC events, panel discussions and workshops are always multi-dimensional with artists from different backgrounds performing together and playing different styles of music from acoustic, classical and jazz to rock, world, gospel and more.
"It was a wonderful experience to see so many people from different cultures joining our African workshop." –Olethabwekos (Kenya), KMC 2011
Celebrating 5 years of growth in a country that has never had a successful music conference, KMC 2013 will not only be an opportunity to look back, (see past KMC programs: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) but also a great chance to look forward at what is to come for the music scene in Japan.