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The Winter Music Conference is a weeklong electronic dance music event, held every March since the mid-1980s in South Florida. It is aimed at professionals such as artists, DJs, record label representatives (A&R), producer, promoter, radio and the media.

History and background

Founded in 1985 by then DJs and Record Pool Directors Louis Possenti and Bill Kelly. The first Winter Music Conference took place at the Fort Lauderdalemarker Marriott in February 1986 with approximately 80 dance music industry insiders in attendance. The event festivities are presented across Miami Beachmarker, and Downtown Miamimarker. The major event is the International Dance Music Awards. The event has major international draw, with around 38% of attendees coming from outside the United Statesmarker. The conference serves as a platform for several underground and indie artists from over 70 different countries which gather at events and panels; it is also a medium used by several entrepreneurs and consumer electronic companies to present their businesses and technological developments.

The WMC & The Recording Academy began in 1996 a partnership presenting The Producers Forum, a gathering of legendary artists. Waxpoetics Magazine, JBL, and Stanton sponsored the first International Record Collectors Show in 2007. In 2009 the WMC introduced the first annual WMC VJ Challenge at The Miami Beach Resort & Spa with celebrity hosts, judges, and VJs from various parts of the world hosted by VJ Psyberpxie and Felix Sama. The Miami Beach Resort also received the performance of the RoboMusic Demo in which Funkstar De Luxe and RoboProfessor (Henrik Hautop Lund) create live interactive compositions of RoboMusic.


Countries with no color in the map were not part of the participant countries in 2008.

The WMC is recognized for serving around 60,000 visitors during one week. 3,726 industry delegates attended in 2008, 65% of the present were males and 35% were females. Most of the delegates hailed from the United Statesmarker summing up to 62%, 23% came from Europe, the Latin American community formed 4% of the delegates, Canadamarker with 6% and 1% of Asia and other territories.

At the events and panels, 15% of the professionals in 2008 were record label representatives, publishers, and A&R. The press and media formed 13% close to the 12% of music production specialists, 10% were DJs, 8% being artists as well. Event and concert promoters, managers, agents, and consultants added up to 13% of the present. Radio, venue, club, an bar representatives each listed 5% of the visitors. More than 1.3 million people from 183 countries (out of 192 in the world) viewed the WMC website in 2008. 62,000 participants from 70 countries were present at Miami Beach to get involved in the WMC week.


There are over 500 individual events during the week the conference takes place, because of its large extent and popularity The New York Times named it "one of the most anticipated clubbing events in the country".

  • WMC Seminars & Panels
  • Ultra Music Festival
  • The International Record Collectors Show (since 2007)
  • South Beach Sessions (since 2008)
  • International Dance Music Awards
  • The Producers Forum (since 1996)
  • WMC Demo Listening Workshops
  • WMC/DMC DJ Spin-off
  • WMC On-Site Featured Events

  • WMC Exhibits
  • WMC Official and Sanctioned Events
  • WMC Sample Sack
  • The Guide
  • The List
  • Exhibit Hall
  • WMC technology demonstrations.
  • WMC VJ Challenge (since 2009)


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