All events take place at Littlefield, at 622 Degraw Street in Brooklyn.

Friday night, April 27

We’ll have an opening networking reception and a keynote address.  Kicking off KindieFest 2012, Scott Schultz will be our keynote speaker Friday night.  Scott Schultz is co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba!, the award-winning, live-action television series whose unconventional formula has created a triple stacked fan base, making it one of the most popular entertainment properties among preschoolers, parents and indie music lovers alike.

Saturday, April 28

10:00-11:00 (room 1)
TV: Where Do We Fit In?

Even with the rise of digital streaming and apps, television is still a big part of many musicians’ goals. We’ll have a range of people with expertise in all aspects of the industry.

Ralph Covert, Ralph’s World (Moderator)
Steve Burns, Blue’s Clues
Michael Rubin, Murmur Music
Steve Roslonek, SteveSongs
Janice Burgess, Creative Consultant, The Winx Club, Nickelodeon

10:00-11:00 (room 2)
Books and Music and More!

Music, books, and kid-friendly apps (many of them reading-oriented) are central to many parents, and artists and others have figured out how to combine the two successfully. We’ll hear from some folks who have done so!

Jeff Giles, Dadnabbit (Moderator)
Dr. Alice Wilder, Speakaboos
Roland Stringer, Secret Mountain
Nerissa Nields, The Nields
Rachel Loshak, Gustafer Yellowgold
Scott Gordon, Random House Children’s Books

11:15-12:15 (room 1)
Digital Dough!

While family music has been slower than many types of music to go digital, it’s inevitable. Here, we’ll discuss how to make money in a digital world. Understand the financial pros and cons of streaming, i.e. Pandora and Spotify; the benefits of smart search engine optimization; how to choose your digital distribution route when doing it yourself; plus more!

Peter Wright, Virtual Label (Moderator)
Katie Schlosser, Spotify
Neeta Ragoowansi, Sound Exchange
Sujan Hong-Raphael, eMusic
Tony Van Veen, CD Baby

11:15-12:15 (room 2)
Two-Tiered Career

A music career can complement other ways to reach kids, whether it’s music teaching, yoga, movement therapy, education, fitness, or other. This panel will feature successful music-and-other professionals.

Audra Tsanos, AudraRox (Moderator)
Aaron Nigel Smith, One World Chorus
Amy Otey, Miss Amy
Melissa Levis, Moey’s Music Party
Kira Willey, Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids
Xenia Rubinos, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s WeBop

Marketing/PR: What’s the Difference?

Ah, the mysterious world of marketing and public relations. Here, we’ll try to remove some of the mystery: Who does what? What can I do myself, and where to I need to invest to make sure the word is getting out to the right people?

Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR (Moderator)
Rebecca Shapiro, Shorefire Media
Lauri Chmielewski, TreeTop Artists
KC Mancebo, Clamorhouse Kids
Alan Winnikoff, Sayles & Winnikoff Communications

1:45-2:15 Lunch Break

How to Empower Your Fan Base

National and regional artists need to empower fans to spread the word — especially since fans keep aging out! Street teams, online networking, and more will be discussed.

Dave Loftin, Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl (Moderator)
Joanie Leeds, Artist
Scott Feldman, DI-WHY
Stephanie Mayers, Festival Five, KindieFest
Corey Zaloom, Fanbridge

Making a Scene

Sure, there are established series and events in many places, and a growing number of places where artists are working together cooperatively. But lots of places don’t have any place for family music, or ways to work together, or could use more. Here, we’ll talk about building things, whether festivals, series, or national information sharing.

Kathy O’Connell, WXPN Kids’ Corner (Moderator)
Donny Atkins, Diggityfest
Keli O’Neil Wenel, JiggleJam
Rudy Trubitt, Patchwork Series
Susie Tennant, kinDIY.org, Seattle Town Hall
Laurie Cearley, The Office, 92Y BYOK, Mass MoCA, Celebrate Brooklyn
Simone Eccelston, Harlem Stage

The State of Kindie

People have been singing to their kids forever. But what we now call kindie music is about to become a teenager. This panel will take the long view: where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.

Stefan Shepherd, Zooglobble (Moderator)
Dan Zanes, Artist
Mindy Thomas, Sirius/XM Kids’ Place Live
Jeff Bogle, Out With the Kids
Christina Refford, Cool Mom Picks
Darren Critz, Symphony Space

Everything is subject to change.

That night, we’ll have an industry-only showcase and party –  another great chance to network and discuss what you saw throughout the day!  Here’s who’s playing Saturday night:

Mista Cookie Jar
Lori Henriques
Uncle Devin Show
Renee & Jeremy
Gustafer Yellowgold
Alastair Moock & Friends
Caspar Babypants
Dan Zanes
& Bomba Yo

Sunday, April 29

We’ll have a separately ticketed public family music festival with some of the best in the family music world!  Get your tickets now!  Here’s the lineup:

Apple Brains
KBC Kids
Big Bang Boom
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s WeBop
Moona Luna
Bari Koral Family Rock Band

Listen to some of the performers!

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The above does not indicate the order of events; we’ll announce the full schedule with times soon.

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