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Millennium Music Conference returns to Harrisburg

| Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

In 1997, when the Millennium Music Conference began in Harrisburg, the organizers received everything in envelopes by mail.

Director John Harris said every application and press kit was put together and received in paper form and demo tapes were actually tapes and CDs.

Now, everything is electronic, and they will likely receive more than 400 electronic submissions before the conference starts.

Harris said the switch from paper to electronic is just one of the changes highlighted in the music industry.

“Now, in a digital environment, everything is on the table for independent artists,” he said. “Obviously, the whole music business paradigm of the record company has been over for the last almost decade — that the independent artist can make their way.”

This year, the Millennium Music Conference is from Feb. 20 to 22 and features independent artists and bands that have not been signed. They will perform in more than 30 venues in and around the Harrisburg area, Harris said. The majority of those shows are free.

Harris says those interested in the actual conference part of the event, which focuses on how to succeed in the music business, can pay $55 to participate in all of the workshops and lectures.

Details: www.musicconference.net

Samantha Madison is a staff writer for The Sentinel in Carlisle, Pa.

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