Santa Monica, Calif. (June 8, 2015) — On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the annual conference IMSTA FESTA L.A. convened at the new state-of-the-art SAE Institute Hollywood, held by the International Music Software Trade Association with support from The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® and select pro-audio manufacturers. More than 500 music and audio enthusiasts were in attendance to meet with peers and exhibitors and to explore the facility. This annual conference celebrates pro-audio software and hardware manufacturers and promotes the theme "Buy the Software You Use" with a daylong program featuring demonstrations, panels and networking.
The day kicked off with a candid keynote conversation spotlighting four-time GRAMMY®-winning producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. Moderated by P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney, the discussion had Jerkins sharing informative and inspirational anecdotes that spanned the history of his career.
The Professional Panel Series included two P&E Wing programs — "Pathway to a GRAMMY," an overview of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Awards process, and "Leaders of the New School," a conversation with today's hitmakers. The GRAMMY panel included Recording Academy staffers Yvonne Faison, Jeriel Johnson, Joseph Langford and Sean Riley, and Leaders of the New School featured producers Rahki, Rob Knox, Sak Pase and Scoop Deville, with P&E Wing Sr. Project Manager Deston Bennett serving as moderator.
Closing the day was an interview with GRAMMY-nominated artist/producer DJ Khalil, moderated by Jeriel Johnson, the Academy's Project Manager, R&B, Rap & Reggae. Khalil also served as a guest judge of the IMSTA songwriting contest, awarding a talented music professional the opportunity to record a demo in Santorini, Greece. Visit www.imsta.org for additional coverage of the conference.
The event is part of a tour, with additional 2015 conferences scheduled for Chicago (7/25/15), New York (9/26/15), and Toronto (10/17/15) later this year.
"IMSTA FESTA LA 2015 was a great opportunity to hear from top music professionals and network with the southern California recording community,” stated Droney. "The response from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to the upcoming events in Chicago and New York."
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Photo Caption: GRAMMY®-winning producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins speaks to the crowd in a candid keynote conversation at IMSTA FESTA L.A. at the new SAE Institute Hollywood. Photograph courtesy of The Recording Academy®. © 2015.
About The Recording Academy: Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY® Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.
About The Producers & Engineers Wing: Currently more than 6,500 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.