Mixed feelings on the Baltimore Music Conference

A lot of good ideas and enthusiasm went into this year's Baltimore Music Conference. Dozens of seminars and shows were scheduled, including all kinds of bands.

And there was plenty of press coverage prior to the conference. But as a participant, I got the feeling it was poorly managed.

I was supposed to speak on a panel at the Hilton, but when I arrived, I was told the seminar was being moved at the last minute to Rash Field due to payment issues. Sounds like not enough people showed up for the organizers to pay the bills.

At least one band had a horrible experience with the conference. Check out these comments left by a member of the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad. 

BMC founder Lisa Suit was pleased with the four-day conference, which she estimates 5,000 people attended.

"I'm very pleased with much of the event," she wrote in an e-mail. "I do want to concentrate on the seminar attendance more for next year as I think people didn't quite understand the wealth of experience we provided to help them with their careers."

But I'm not the only local journalist with a bad taste in my mouth ...

City Paper music writer Al Shipley was also supposed to participate in the conference attended the conference and witnessed the wasteland that was Rash Field:

"[T]he whole scene was just too depressing to spend much more time surveying. I still have no doubt that there could be a genuinely great annual music conference in Baltimore, and applaud anyone who wants to make one happen, but it's a shame that the only people interested in trying don't seem to know what the hell they're doing."

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