Headlining artists confirmed for the Urban Music lineup on the festival’s opening night include Grammy-nominated Rap/ Hip-Hop legend Paul Wall as well as Slim Thug. Independent artists on the bill who will perform alongside the featured artists include Elle Gie, Miss Myi and Soulfruit. More artists will be announced soon filling out a lineup that is slated to include Pop, Rock, Country, Latin, Singer-Songwriter, Metal, Gospel and Jazz genres.* The event is a follow up to last year’s successful inaugural festival.
With more than 90 shows from 54 artists on three stages, SSMF provides the general public with live music while mentoring and educating the next great generation of independent artists so that they can move to the next level. SSMF is geared to “springboard” today’s talent and will oversee 10 one-on-one mentoring sessions for the 26 official Springboard South artists chosen to participate as well as give them an opportunity to present music to a panel of music supervisors. In addition to there will be “emerging artists” and “young performer” slots to help build the Springboard South artists of the future.
The festival will present these panels and one-on-one sessions on Thursday, June 20. Local music business mentors scheduled to provide individualized advice to artists are: legal experts Al Staehely and Ricky Anderson; social media pioneers Nancy Byron and Madalyn Sklar; music licensing professional Barry Coffing; producer Preston Middleton; and publicist, Ami Blackwell as well as 20 other music business experts.
“We are very excited about the second installment of Springboard South where we will be showcasing an incredibly diverse group of artists in almost every genre,” stated Barry Coffing, founder and creator. “We are featuring great local talent as well as other independent artists from the south who will be sharing the stage with well-known artists to create an event that should be nothing short of amazing. I can’t thank all of the music business professionals and headlining artists enough for donating their time and wisdom to help this next generation of great artists.”
The 2nd Annual Springboard South Music Festival (SSMF) will be held Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23 at Warehouse Live.