SXSW 2017: Events & Meetups With The Recording Academy!

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We're heading down to Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Music Conference! Take a look at the full calendar of events, showcases, and presentations that The Recording Academy is busy with during the annual music conference!

Click on the titles of each event listing for more information and make sure to RSVP, buy tickets, and add sessions to your schedule.

Tuesday, March 14th

MusiCares Safe Harbor Room
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 
Austin Convention Ctr Rm 5AB
The Safe Harbor Room is a place for people in recovery to meet during SXSW. The sessions are informal and supportive. Conferences and large gatherings can be a challenging atmosphere for those who choose sobriety. All are welcome to come to the Safe Harbor Room to meet with like-minded attendees.

Wednesday, March 15th

MusiCares Safe Harbor Room
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 
Austin Convention Ctr Rm 5AB
The Safe Harbor Room is a place for people in recovery to meet during SXSW. The sessions are informal and supportive. Conferences and large gatherings can be a challenging atmosphere for those who choose sobriety. All are welcome to come to the Safe Harbor Room to meet with like-minded attendees.

Thursday, March 16th

GRAMMY Block Party
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.
 This industry exclusive event during Austin's premier music week features live performances by GRAMMY-nominated Hanson, Randy Rogers Band, and more still to be announced. Free for Recording Academy members who RSVP by Tuesday, March 14, with limited numbers of guest tickets available. [RSVP/tickets required]

MusiCares Safe Harbor Room
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 
Austin Convention Ctr Rm 5AB
The Safe Harbor Room is a place for people in recovery to meet during SXSW. The sessions are informal and supportive. Conferences and large gatherings can be a challenging atmosphere for those who choose sobriety. All are welcome to come to the Safe Harbor Room to meet with like-minded attendees.

Friday, March 17th

Listen Up: Why Your Hearing Really Does Matter
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Austin Convention Center, TBD
Did you know that music creators are nearly FOUR TIMES more likely to suffer from hearing damage that is entirely preventable? Sometimes it’s easy to forget how important hearing is to not only enjoying music, but being able to make it as well. Whether you’re an artist or engineer healthy hearing is vital to a long and successful career. Come learn exactly how your ears do what they do and the considerations you need to weigh in order to protect your hearing for the long haul. Also, eligible attendees will have the first opportunity to register to receive custom hearing protection through MusiCares exclusively at SXSW! Panelists include Benjamin Kanters, Founder of HearTomorrow.org, and Michael Santucci​, Founder and President of Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, Inc. Moderated by Maureen Droney, and presented by MusiCares and The Producers & Engineers Wing[SXSW badge holders only]

MusiCares Hearing Clinic - Custom Ear Plugs Fitting
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Austin Convention Center, Mezzanine Room 2, 2nd Floor
​Stop by the convention center for a free hearing screening and impression provided by MusiCares and the hearing experts at Estes Audiology & ACS Custom USA, while supplies last. Services available for music professionals with at least five years of industry experience, or recording credits, who qualify through MusiCares. Please note: if you are unable to come by on March 17th or 18th, Songs For Sound will also be conducting free hearing tests at this same location all week from March 14th - 18th, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. [SXSW badge holders only]​

Music Law and Policy in DC
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Austin Convention Center, Room 9BC
The debate over copyright reform, the future of the Copyright Office, and other legislative initiatives that will affect the music business continues under a new Congress and a new Administration. This session will provide a perspective on lawmaking and policy from within the Capitol’s crystal ball.

Panelists include Karyn Temple Claggett, Director of the US Copyright Office, and Jason Everett,Chief Democratic Counsel, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet for the House Judiciary Committee, and Joe Keeley, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet for the House Judiciary Committee. Moderated by Todd Dupler[SXSW badge holders only]

Monterey Pop To Coachella: Conversation With Lou Adler And Paul Tollett
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Austin Convention Ctr, Rm 12AB
Presented by the GRAMMY Museum, this session will examine how music festivals have become the driving force in live music presentation. Monterey Pop co-founder Lou Adler, and Goldenvoice President/CEO and Coachella founder Paul Tollett  sit down with The GRAMMY Museum's Scott Goldman to discuss the groundbreaking nature of the Monterey Pop Festival and how it set the stage for the many festivals to follow, including Coachella. Hear how Coachella was conceived, how Paul was influenced by Adler's work with Monterey Pop, and the future of Goldenvoice's Desert Trip-type festivals. [SXSW badge holders only]

MusiCares Safe Harbor Room
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 
Austin Convention Ctr Rm 5AB
The Safe Harbor Room is a place for people in recovery to meet during SXSW. The sessions are informal and supportive. Conferences and large gatherings can be a challenging atmosphere for those who choose sobriety. All are welcome to come to the Safe Harbor Room to meet with like-minded attendees.

Homegrown: Los Angeles Showcase
8:00 p.m.
Tap Room at The Market, 319 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
The GRAMMY Museum is bringing a little bit of Los Angeles to Austin with their annual Homegrown showcase. BeLL, Warbly Jets, Ocean Park Standoff, The Fontaines, Michigan Rattlers, and The Wild Reeds will be demonstrating the talent born from the City of Angels [SXSW badge holders only]

Saturday, March 18th

MusiCares Hearing Clinic - Custom Ear Plugs Fitting
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Austin Convention Center, Mezzanine Room 2, 2nd Floor
​Stop by the convention center for a free hearing screening and impression provided by MusiCares and the hearing experts at Estes Audiology & ACS Custom USA, while supplies last. Services available for music professionals with at least five years of industry experience, or recording credits, who qualify through MusiCares. Please note: if you are unable to come by on March 17th or 18th, Songs For Sound will also be conducting free hearing tests at this same location all week from March 14th - 18th, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. [SXSW badge holders only]​

MusiCares Safe Harbor Room
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 
Austin Convention Ctr Rm 5AB
The Safe Harbor Room is a place for people in recovery to meet during SXSW. The sessions are informal and supportive. Conferences and large gatherings can be a challenging atmosphere for those who choose sobriety. All are welcome to come to the Safe Harbor Room to meet with like-minded attendees.

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