Music conference adds Technology focus, new partner

The fourth-annual EAT’M music conference and artist showcase is set to unspool May 29-31 in Las Vegas, confab founder Lisa Tenner said Wednesday.

The confab also has taken on a new partner for 2002: technology conference/newsletter company Reflecting the new sponsorship, the EAT’M acronym now stands for Emerging Artists & Technology in Music. In prior years, the “T” had stood for Talent.

The conference will include industry panels and six keynote speeches, each focusing on a different aspect of the music biz. No speakers have been finalized yet, but among those slated to appear on panels are producers Ross Robinson and Jeff Greenberg, as well as managers Walter O’Brien and John Reese.

Past keynote speakers and honorees have included George Martin, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, Island/Def Jam topper Jim Caparro, Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight.

EAT’M also will play host to about 150 new and unproven acts, who will perform at showcases during the confab. Among the groups to have played early shows at past EAT’M events are Papa Roach, Slipknot and Michelle Branch.

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