I'm not excited about the Baltimore Music Conference
On paper, the Baltimore Music Conference is a great event. It features showcases of a ton of Baltimore bands, as well as seminars covering nearly every aspect of recording and promoting music.
This is something Baltimore desperately needs -- especially considering how visible our music scene has gotten, lately.
The BMC's founder, Lisa Suit, has the best intentions. But intentions only go so far ...
The conference, which runs Oct. 14-17 at various locations around the city, has been poorly managed from its beginnings several years ago. Remember the debacle at last year's conference?
In order for the conference to realize its full potential, it needs fresh leadership and a new focus. With the right person at the helm, the BMC could become more like South by Southwest or the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City.
I really want the BMC to draw more attention to Baltimore's music scene, and help local musicians further their careers. But until it's retooled and better organized, the BMC will continue to be a mess. And that's a shame.