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Driven Music Conference
Conference 9 a.m. Thursday, May 16, to Sunday, May 19, at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. Showcase 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, to Saturday, May 18, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $29. Call 954-449-1025, or visit drivenflorida.com.
Before South by Southwest became the entertainment industry's hottest convention, it was a quaint music conference attended by about 800 insiders its first year. Now, the annual Austin, Texas, showcase is the largest festival of its kind. Closer to home, however, the Driven Music Conference, which takes over the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six from Thursday through Sunday, continues its path to also becoming a major music-industry destination. "We're connecting the dots between younger emerging artists and top-level music-industry executives," Driven Entertainment Group CEO Dominick Centi told the Sun Sentinel. "This is an opportunity [emerging artists] might not otherwise have, to network and showcase their work."