KindieFest – An Update

Feb 28

I have mentioned before that I’m co-producing KindieFest, the family music conference.  It’s taking place from April 30 through May 2 in Brooklyn, and includes both an industry conference and a public family music festival.  I certainly hope everyone who should know about it does, but just in case, I thought I’d do a quick roundup of what it’ll include:

Friday night (April 30) from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm – Welcome & Keynote!

We’ll have an opening networking reception and a keynote address from Dan Zanes. Get your badges, have a drink, meet your fellow attendees, and hear some thoughts from one of the people most responsible for today’s independent family music scene!

Saturday (May 1) from 10 am until 8:30 pm – Conference & Showcase!

We’ll have panels throughout the day. Subjects will include:

Image JP Stephens

The Future of Marketing Kindie Music – From Photocopied Flyers to Social Networking
Old School Meets New School – Bridging the Gap
Distribution in 2010 and Beyond – More Ways to More Ears
Gigs and Venues – From Libraries to Festivals and Everywhere in Between
What’s the Story? – Kitchen-Counter PR vs the Big Kid Publicists
Moving Pictures – TV, DVD, Online, and More
Recording 101 – How to Make a Great Kindie Record, from Production to Packaging

And here’s some of the people you’ll hear from (alphabetically):

Andy Adelewitz (Paradigm Agency/Publicity)
Ashley Albert (The Jimmies)
Ray Andersen (Mr. Ray)
Marty Beller (They Might Be Giants; Producer)
Beth Blenz-Clucas (Sugar Mountain PR)
Rick Chertoff (Producer)
Bill Childs (Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child)
Ralph Covert (Ralph’s World)
Darren Critz (Symphony Space)
Marty Diamond (Paradigm Agency/Booking)
Danny Fisher (Tune-A-Fish Records)
Jack Forman (Recess Monkey)
Dan Gellert (Jitterbug TV)
Liz Gumbiner (Cool Mom Picks)
Bill Harley (Grammy-winning performer)
Sara Hickman (2010-11 State Musician of Texas)
Andy Blackman Hurwitz (Baby Loves…)
Tor Hyams (Grammy nominated producer, Co-Founder, Kidzapalooza)
Dean Jones (Dog on Fleas; Producer)
Mona Kayhan (Putumayo Kids)
Regina Kelland (To Market Kids, formerly Rounder Records, Kelland Consulting)
Stephanie Mayers (Putumayo Kids)
Elizabeth Mitchell (Elizabeth Mitchell & Family)
Kathy O’Connell (WXPN’s Kids’ Corner)
Panos Panay (SonicBids)
Suni Paz (Children’s Music Network Magic Penny Award recipient)
Michael Rachap (Readeez/Songeez)
Justin Roberts (Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players)
Kevin Salem (Little Monster Records)
Stefan Shepherd (
Laura Sullivan (Parenting Magazine)
Mindy Thomas (XM/Sirius)
Veronica Villarreal (Koch/E1)


The day of panels will be followed by an evening of showcasing bands, networking, and fun. Featured performances will include:

Frances England
Mr. Leebot
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Rhythm Child

…and more, including three winners of our SonicBids submission process.

Sunday, May 2, from noon until 4 – Festival!

Sunday, the family music festival will have even more great acts, including:

Ralph Covert
Bill Harley
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Recess Monkey

…and more, including two more SonicBids winners!

Everything is subject to change.

To buy tickets for the public music festival, click here.

To register for the conference, click here.

One comment

  1. kelli ann /

    That sounds like an amazing time. A great chance to exchange. Woo!

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