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INDUSTRY

"The Dewey Beach Conference is a great experience for everyone involved, and a great oppurtunity for bands to have an intimate and captive audience with the industry. We had a blast!" — Matt Pinfield

"This conference is the best one of its type I've been involved with or even have heard of - it was a gas to be a part of. I'm returning as long as I'm invited! Everyone in driving distance should make it a yearly necessity."
Paul Reed Smith/PRS Guitars

The DBMC is the best indie conference I have been too. I love the fact it's on the water, I love the atmosphere. I think I have seen the best artists come through this festival. Every year I find great music here. The panels are run very well and always very informative. The food at the Venus Rocks!! The BBQ this year was fantastic and having myself, Chris Lausch and Brian Cronin jam with Da Rezarekt Rocked!!! The festival is such a good vibe, everyone is so friendly, and I get to play Tambourine!!!! You guys rule

Allison Shaw Listen/Sony Records

"A musical shindig that packs a punch with an out-a-site line-up with a beach party atmosphere; the Dewey Beach Fest is a welcome respite from the the usual over-crowded and maddening pace of your average festival. More of a vacation than work for those in the music industry." — Beatle Bob

"Great artists, experienced industry executives, abundant networking opportunities and a beautiful location.... Once again, Vikki and the Dewey Beach Music Conference & Festival hit a
home run!" — Eugene Foley/Foley Entertainment, Inc.

"The diverse music industry offerings, the high-quality and high-visibility venues, and the opportunity to meet, learn and network with some of the best in the business made the Dewey Beach Music Conference experience one of the finest I've had. Great work Vikki and congratulations to all participants. See you next year!" — J.P. Cummins, CFP/ First Vice President of Investments - Janney Montgomery Scott

"Dewey Beach Music Conference is an intimate event that allows artists and industry to successfully network, without the over-glorified hype of the larger festivals."Patrick Arn/Gotham Records

The Dewey Beach Music Conference is by far one of the best music conferences I have had the pleasure to attend. The music was non stop and I wish there would have been more hours in the day to absorb it all!
It is the perfect venue for musicians looking to gain exposure along with gaining a plethora of knowledge in the panel sessions from some of the greatest Industry Professionals in the music business today. It's also one of the best outlets for businesses in the music industry to promote their services directly to the audience they are looking to attract!
Vikki and her crew do an incredible job putting this together year after year and I'm already looking forward to next year! — Mary Adkins/SeeJoeRock.com
"What Vikki and her staff have created in the Dewey Beach Music Conference is a true gem in the world of music conferences. Where else can independant musicians and industry leaders network at this level of convenience and casualness? Where else can you see so much good music, so well organized and all within a short beach-town walk? And where else can you take part in a music business gathering on a deck with a bay breeze?" — Mark Schulz

"This event is certainly a bright diamond in the rough of a competitive music conference market...and a must. Cutting edge bands, excellent attendance/participation, fabulous organization, and the absolute best "beach" setting for a conference. Next year's event is already on my calendar...now put it on yours!" — Chris Lausch/Talent Buyer - Dogfish Head

“I was extremely impressed with the Dewey Beach Music Conference. As an A&R guy I would love to keep it a secret, but I cant seem to stop talking about it” — Gary Soffer/Atlantic Records

"The Dewey Beach Music Conference l was absolutely INCREDIBLE.  The event was truly unique: perfect location, great people, talented bands.  I had a great time.  I think that every musician who is serious about his/ her career must attend this conference . I just can't wait for the next year's event." — Vlad Kushnir/Esquire

"One minute an informative panel, the next a dip in the ocean, followed by great events, parties and showcases – need I say more?" — Steve Tramposh

"When you travel as much as I do for work within the music business very rarely do you actually get a chance to feel any sort of relaxation. The Dewey Beach Music Conference was one of those once a year events that you attend as a member of the industry that not only can relax but you can take in one of the best settings in the industry. Everyone from the organizers to the bands, to the volunteers make it the most easy going, easy to work with event I have dealt with in my career." — Michael Wood, President City Lights Entertainment

"The DBMC is the best indie conference I have been too. I love the fact it's on the water, I love the atmosphere. I think I have seen the best artists come through this festival. Every year I find great music here. The panels are run very well and always very informative. The food at the Venus Rocks!! The BBQ this year was fantastic and having myself, Chris Lausch and Brian Cronin jam with Da Rezarekt Rocked!!! The festival is such a good vibe, everyone is so friendly, and I get to play Tambourine!!!! You guys rule." — Allison Shaw Listen/Sony Records

"Dewey Beach Music Conference was one of the nicest, friendliest and well-run music conferences I have attended in my 20+ year career. The location, the people, the food, the music is worldclass and second to none. I lookforward to attending the event for years to come." — Peter Gilroy, PG Productions


MUSICIANS


"Doing DBMC introduced us to Dave Silbaugh, which allowed us the chance to play Summerfest, where we were able to share the stage with Plain White T's among others.  Additionally, because we had confirmed with Summerfest, we were able to get picked up a US booking agent as well.  It also gave the band a chance to play in front of some very accomplished producers, such as Jim Ebert, as well as excellent artists, such as The Kin. Plus, your parties were amazing" — City Riots

"We've already been able to fill a date on our tour next month through a contact we made at the conference! We also heard from a couple of bands we met at the conference that want to trade shows, a producer who offered us some free recording time, and a publicist who gave us a ton of great advice both during and after our mentoring session. We brought more back from this conference than any other we've attended thus far." — Shawn Garrity/VulGarrity

"The conference was great!  The proximity of the venues really makes it a lot of fun to be able to walk back and forth, so as a musician I'd say it's top notch.  Our sound guy at the Lighthouse did a good job and the camraderie among musicians created a great atmosphere. The two panels I was able to attend were also well done (Matt Pinfield's contributions in particular)."  — Jeff/Hoover's G-String

"It was awesome to be one of the first musical acts to ever perform at Venus on The Half Shell in this years Dewey Beach Conference & Festival. Gorgeous Venue, Rockin' Festival Thanks Vikki. You've done it again!" — Corey Andrew

"Big value to musicians if you want to make something big happen. The seminars enlightened, the mentors guided, the trade show informed, and the industry folk and crowds at our showcase blew us away with their Beatlemania'esque support...especially the ladies! Attention other bands; you must play this conference!!!" — The Intrigues

"Of the 5 conferences I showcased at this year, Dewey Beach Music Conference was the best experience.  I was able to network with many industry professionals as well as other musicians.  I met more industry people and other musicians at Dewey Beach than the other conferences combined.  The atmosphere is very relaxed and all the venues are within walking distance.  Dewey Beach Music Conference was an overall great experience and I definitely recommend it to other musicians." — Jodelle

"It's nice to play a serious showcase in such a laid back environment. It’s a treat - you really feel a great vibe the minute you get there." — Reed Waddle

"This was our first Dewey Beach Music Conference and it was amazing. The panels we attended and the networking we were able to do in two days were a huge asset to us. Not to mention the stage we played on was a few feet from the ocean..." — Kevin/Pawnshop Roses

"Dewey is what a music conference should be! Great bands, high profile industry panels and just a plain GREAT time" — Andrew "YT" White/ Stickboy

"The Dewey Beach Music Conference thrives on new ideas; and the comradery of all the bands creates a fresh atmosphere that so many of the music conferences lack. It is a Huge Party for the sake of Great music." — Lzzy Hale

"In the time it took to play one set we made contact with Jim Thorpe of Grape Street Productions, producer Rick Slater, artist Andy Browne (ShutEye Records) and DJ/music aficionado Beatle Bob. We couldn't have reached a more diverse crowd anywhere else....This is the real deal! Well done to Dewey Beach and Vikki Walls!" — Gregg/Chelsea in Orbit


  "The Dewey Beach Music Conference kicks your ass in 25 different directions, you never get a seconds rest from the rocking commotion and when you do there's a beer and a shot to calm you down... perfect." — L.P.

"The Dewey Beach Music Conference has only one flaw! It's too damn SHORT!!!" — Beth Hale

"The conference is a great way to spread the word about your band. We met and hung out with so many great bands. It's probably the best run music conference i've ever been a part of. Very well done" — Paul Keen/Pawnshop Roses

"This conference is less like a conference and more like a HAPPENING...it is alive, and it has a musical pulse that is refreshing for musicians and attendees alike." — Larry Kennedy/The Jellybricks

"Thank you so much for a great, and incredibly well-run conference! I had a blast! And met some really great people! Definitely nice to attend an event that's so geared towards the needs of the artists!" — Nadine Goellner

"The Dewey Beach Music Conference paid off big, whether it be the shows we scheduled, CD's we sold or the great bands we met and look forward to playing with in the future. It doesn't hurt that it is near the water too!!" — Dave Devlin
 
"The 2004 DBMC was the best time we have had together as a band in the year we have been together.  We were overwhelmed by the response at our showcase and we consider it one of our most enjoyable shows to date.  The whole weekend was fantastic and we are truly grateful for all of the opportunites gained through your event." — Steve/Jealousy Curve

"My biggest comment is that Vikki Walls infuses the conference with her spirit and being, and that is what makes all the difference." — Rosanne Raneri

"Without a doubt, this was the best time we've ever had at a Music Industry Conference. There's plenty of music industry elbow rubbing for the bands/artists. But what impressed me even more the fact that this event has got to be pure heaven for any music lovers wanting to see live, original music by some amazing artists. Vikki Walls has constructed a well organized event that features amazing showcases at excellent venues all tucked into this perfect little location. Plus being right at the beach doesn't suck." — The April Skies

"What can I say...definitely one of the best experiences we've had! Bridges played stage A at the Rusty Rudder...we attracted a really nice crowd...156 cds out and 130 new email addresses! I wanted to thank everyone for the support...I saw a few familiar faces in the crowd.
The whole weekend was like being in a different world...every band was so talented...I felt very privileged to have been a part of it." — Bridges and a Bottle.

"We've already been able to fill a date on our tour next month through a contact we made at the conference! We also heard from a couple of bands we met at the conference that want to trade shows, a producer who offered us some free recording time, and a publicist who gave us a ton of great advice both during and after our mentoring session. We brought more back from this conference than any other we've attended thus far. Thank you!" — Shawn Garrity/VulGarrity

"Flying over from Australia to play the Dewey Beach Music Conference was one of the most productive things we did on our first US tour. We met producers, promotors, label reps, and of course lots of musicians. We felt like VIP's the entire time, and if we get the opportunity to come back next year, we absolutely will. This conference was absolutely worth the trip." — City Riots