FestForums® NYC- May 11th - 12th, 2017 - Deep in the midst of an expanding festival season circuit, masterminds behind the crafting of the world’s most coveted music, food, beverage, and film festivals converge bi-annually at FestForums® to address key topics and explore cutting-edge technologies at the forefront of the festival industry. Opening the year with its second marquee event taking place at the Time Inc headquarters in New York City this May 11-12, FestForums® will forge alliances among the most influential names in the realm of entertainment industry leaders and live event producers.

Check out the full FestForums® NYC agenda here


Bringing together the sharpest and most creative minds in the festival community against the backdrop of New York City, networking opportunities and key learning experiences will be abundant throughout the course of the two-day gathering. This spring edition of FestForums® 2017 will welcome an array of high-profile speakers including representatives from: Austin City Limits, New York Wine & Food, Panorama, Lollapalooza, Woodstock, Hot Docs, Global Citizens Festival, Life is Beautiful, Essence Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Ultra Music Festival, Los Angeles Food & Wine, plus many more!

Offering a wealth of activations, panel discussions, and keynote presentations, participants of FestForums® can look forward to a conference that is as engaging as it is enlightening. Covering topics such as technology, talent, ticketing, sponsorships, scheduling, operations, sustainability, charitable work, innovation, safety, and more, the NYC event agenda includes:

Keynote delivered by Fisher StevensActor/Director/Producer (The Royal Budapest Hotel”, “Before the Flood”, “The Cove”) and Geoffrey GilmoreGilmore Consultancy LLC and former Director of Sundance and former Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Film Festival

Backstage Pass: Creating An Optimal Experience For Talent At Your Festival moderated by Andrea Helfrich On-camera Host/Producer, Ultra Music Festival

Checking The Festival Pulse moderated by Keith Goldberg Chief Revenue Officer, Vendini

Romancing Your Festival's Audience lead by Barry Ross Rinehart Executive Creative Director, Multi Image Group

The Smartest Thing I Ever Did (With Technology) moderated by Susan Johnston Founder/Director, New Media Film Festival

Media At Your Festival moderated by Russell Ward Owner/Founder, The Confluence

Lights! Camera! Releases!! Filming Your Festival: Business, Logistical and Legal Aspects moderated by Bill Hochberg Partner, Greenberg Glusker, LLP

Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony presented to George WeinFounder of The Newport Jazz Festival and co-founder with Pete Seeger of the Newport Folk Festival

Presiding over the above panels and many others is a collective of influential luminaries who will line the stage to share their personal experiences and distill essential knowledge during the course of FestForums®. Among the esteemed speakers making their way to the gathering are Life is Beautiful Founder Rehan Choudhry, Festival Producer & Pianist George Wein, Director of Production at AEG/Panorama Jonathan Baden, MOMA Festival Curator Kathy Brew, Festival Director C3 Presents Don Kelly, Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Steve Knopper, Founder & Director of South Beach + New York City Wine & Food Festivals Lee Brian Schrager, and Chief Operating Officer of SnowGlobe Music Festival Luke White -- Full list of NYC 2017 Speakers can be found on the FestForums® website.

Mixing business with pleasure, further highlights at the East Coast edition of FestForums® include an after-hours networking cocktail party, taking place in the Exhibit Hall of the Time Inc. Building. Dazzling this year’s crowd will be the inspirational Christen Lien - a contemporary, classically infused multi-instrumentalist and a former member of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra + the National Youth Guild Symphony. All FestForums® attendees are encouraged to stop by for refreshments and to mingle with other event attendees.


A key event for anyone involved in the festival industry, FestForums® NYC 2017 will encompass all things education, networking, and entertainment, creating an immersive environment in which festival producers can inspire and in turn, be inspired. Looking ahead, FestForums® will continue its impressive 2017 run via the West Coast at The Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara this November 16-18, 2017 for its fourth bi-annual event. Tickets for both the NYC and Santa Barbara FestForums® editions are available via the conference website.

FestForums® would like to extend a special thanks to the 2017 NYC Sponsors: Vendini, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, The Confluence, EventsLocker.com, TOURtech, Eventbrite, Hotels for Hope, Connect & Go, SquadUp, govino, Buzzplay, Feathr, Boomset, IPME, Ticketfly, Degy Entertainment, Capalino+Company, Access Event Solutions, Tentnology, pc/nametag, TicketForce, National Event Services, All Aces Promotional Staffing, Greenberg Glusker, Sugarlands Distilling Company, Access Event Services, XI Media Productions, TicketIQ, FilmFestivals.com, FilmFreeway, The Vyater Group and more.

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