The 12th annual LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival will be returning to historic downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania from April 30th through May 3rd, 2020. There will be over 15 hours of panels, one-on-one industry mentoring, and live performances of all genres on twelve stages over three nights.

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Redefining what a start-up music conference could be, LAUNCH brings together musicians, music industry professionals, and music lovers from all over the world for a weekend of instruction, networking, and entertainment. Artists range from high school upstarts to Grammy nominees and from regional touring acts to major label veterans. In addition, the conference has attracted a wide swath of respected industry experts (label reps, booking agents, managers, publicists, etc.) who speak on panels and mentor musicians.

The mission of LAUNCH is to serve aspiring musicians and industry professionals from across the country and around the world by employing the expertise of industry professionals while maintaining low pricing for all attendees, even free attendance for those who submitted for performance consideration. Despite its low attendance fees, the conference is repeatedly ranked as one of the top 5 music conferences in the world and has grown exponentially since its pilot year in 2009.

For the fourth year in a row, FEST Friday will be held at Binns Park, which is directly across the street from home base at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This “event within the event” will feature various artists on multiple stages, food trucks, libations, and more.

Past performers include Atreyu, August Burns Red, Dredg, The Early November, Emarosa, Felice Brothers, Foxy Shazam, Ice Nine Kills, Meaghan Trainor, Panic! At The Disco, Rusted Root, Twenty One Pilots, Whitechapel, Holly Williams, and more.

Former panelists include Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Randy Nichols (Force Management), Talinda Bennington (320 Changes Direction), Mike Mowery (Outerloop Management), Vince Edwards (Metal Blade Records), Lou Plaia (ReverbNation), Nick Storch (Artist Group International), David Silbaugh (Milwaukee Summerfest), Kyla Lombardo (Firefly Festival/Riot Fest), and more.

LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival is made possible by the support of many generous brand partners including Bud Light, Stella Artois, Goose Island, Bon & Viv, Reverbnation, the city of Lancaster, Atomic Design, PRS Guitars, GHS Strings, York College, D’Addario, SoundRink, SJC Drums, and more.