With a reputation of featuring some of the top artists of the conference, the KMC opening party has developed into a must attend event and a great way for KMC attendees to start things off. The party also features the KMC Awards Ceremony with artists being recognized for their talent and contributions to the Japanese music scene.
All KMC attendees can come and enjoy a great atmosphere of music and cultural exchange, receive conference programs, KMC passes, goodiebags and have a chance to network with music fans, other artists, KMC staff and industry reps.
VENUES: Clubs, Cafes, Restaurants, Outdoor stages in Osaka
Musicians selected to perform at KMC will have chance to play their music to fellow musicians, music fans and other invited guests. In the past, these performances have been at shopping centers, live clubs, restaurants, hotels dance clubs and other venues located in the downtown Osaka and Kobe areas.
Performances usually start from 5:00pm and have between 3 - 8 acts performing at each venue. This gives KMC artists a chance to meet other bands and make new fans while enjoying the local unique Kansai music scene.
For 2 days, musicians from different countries can display their native music and culture with workshops, presentations and live performances on the main stage at the conference venue.
The first day is for the general public to join any of the scheduled workshops by professional artists. Some past feature events have included a traditional Japanese comedy show in English, "Latin Day" performances with salsa and reggaeton musicians and gospel workshops among others.
The evening feature another round of live musical performances by KMC artists in venues in the Osaka and Kobe areas.
The second day is especially for musicians interested in attending presentations about music and the music industry. Representatives from different areas of the music business come to share their knowledge and experience, give advice and answer questions. Presentations range from advice on better promotion to upcoming opportunities to perform in the Kansai area.