Virtual Music Conference & Expo coming from Indie Connect

by Dave Carew

One of the greatest heroes in today’s indie-music movement is Vinny Ribas, CEO of Indie Connect. Hundreds of singer-songwriters, music execs, and others in this town have been helped by Vinny and his fantastic indie-musicians networking and empowerment organization. Vinny is genuinely making the world a brighter, more opportunity-rich place for untold numbers of musicians and music pros.

That’s why we were so excited to here about Indie Connect’s Virtual Music Conference & Expo, the world’s first music conference, trade show, and artist showcase to be presented completely online.

To be held from January 15 – 17, 2013, the event is the perfect answer to the question, “How can I attend a life-changing, incredibly empowering music conference . . . without leaving my computer?”

Virtual Music Conference & Expo will consist of three full days of high-level international networking, exhibits by music-related businesses worldwide, artists and record labels showcasing their acts and music, and more than 40 presentations by music industry experts on how to succeed as an indie musician.

Asked by Underground Nashville what he believes will be the most valuable aspects of the online conference, Vinny Ribas focused on the problems it will help solve for musicians and execs:

“Expensive airfares, wallet-busting hotel rates, and days away from home all make it difficult—if not impossible—for many artists or music-related businesses to attend or participate in a major music conference,” Vinny said. “But modern technology has now made it possible for us to deliver an entire interactive conference online to any artist or business worldwide . . . at a tiny fraction of the cost of attending a land-based one.”

Sounds like an excellent value to us. And having participated in previous Indie Connect events, we’re sure it will be. If you’re serious about your career as an indie musician or executive, you won’t want to miss this life-changing conference.

For more information, visit and/or
watch Vinny Ribas’ 4-minute information video on the event
by going to YouTube and entering into the search function
“The IC Virtual Music Conference and Expo.”

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.


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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew


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