Thursday, January 10, 2008

Urban Network Magazine Turns 20

Urban Network Magazine Turns 20
Company Preps for Annual Entertainment-Marketing Summit, March 26-29

Premiering with its first issue back in February of 1988, the Los Angeles-based Urban Network Magazine, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.
Originally, launched as a trade publication, servicing the Urban radio, music retail and record company landscapes, Urban Network has expanded its brand both as a print magazine and integrated website to target the consumer and music/entertainment industry enthusiast.

The Urban Network is once again proud to announce its return to the Newport Beach Hyatt in Newport Beach, California—the site of the 18th Annual Urban Network Entertainment-Marketing Summit. This year's conference, March 26-29, 2008, promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The Summit will feature an array of seminars discussing such issues as the Music Industry's New Business Models, the State of Urban Radio, Operating a Successful Independent Label, Effectively Marketing Your Music Thru Social Networks, Radio Alternatives for the Indie Artist (i.e. Cable, Satellite and Internet), Survival as an Indie Retailer, Hip-Hop's Shrinking Market, and a New Media Digital Panel & Breakout Sessions. Starbucks Entertainment President, Kenneth Lombard, is signed on to be a keynote speaker.

The Urban Network Entertainment-Marketing Summit will continue its tradition of celebrating the genre of Gospel Music on Thursday, March 27 with events hosted by Universal-Fontana, Verity-Zomba, and a Midnight Gospel Showcase, including some of the best independent and inspirational talent on the scene.

SonyBMG, EMI-Capitol Music Group, and Warner Elektra Atlantic Distribution are hosting showcases throughout the four-day event—highlighting many of their respective top recording artists.

The Hip-Hop community will take part in a Power Panel and Mix-show DJ seminar on Friday, March 28—while indie and unsigned artists will perform at the Annual Independent Music Festival, Saturday, March 29—capping off with an Urban Network 20th Anniversary Gala & Awards celebration Saturday evening.

"To be around for 20 years—especially in today's unpredictable marketplace—is a milestone to be celebrated, "says Miller London, Urban Network's President & CEO. "We at the Urban Network are very grateful to the industry and to those who have given their ongoing support; and, we look forward to you all joining us for our Summit in Newport Beach. I suggest you register for your Hotel rooms as well as your Conference registration, immediately; as we have a lot of great surprises in store at this year's Summit. This is an event you certainly won't want to miss."

For more information, an updated schedule of events, panelists, speakers, performers at the Urban Network Entertainment-Marketing Summit, and registration, continue to visit

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