New music conference + festival, Confluence, hopes to build our music scene

Whether you are a musician, in the music industry, or just a fan of live music, you won’t want to miss Confluence happening October 18-19 in Charlotte.

Confluence will bring together music artists, industry professionals, and live music fans from all across the Carolinas for two unforgettable days of inspiration, networking, and collaboration.

Daytime conference programming will be at the AvidXchange Music Factory in Uptown, Charlotte, with night-time live music showcases in several music venues in Uptown, NoDa, Plaza-Midwood, and Elizabeth.


Starting at 6 p.m. on Oct 18 and 19, more than 40 Carolinas-based performers will play across 9 different Charlotte venues. Performers include Of Good Nature, Natalie Carr, Creekbed, Dane Page, Jooselord, Lord Jah Monte Ogbon, Tre. Charles, Mason Parker, Arsena, Jason Scavone Band, Late Night Special, Nathan C. Davis, Colby Dobbs, Carolina Vibes, and more.

Confluence Music Passes are just $35 and include access to see all these artists perform live.


There are more than 40 speakers including industry experts from up and down the East Coast. Notable speakers include Roger Brown and Liza Levy of Salt Lick Incubator in Boston, Jason Jet of Grindhaus Studios, DJ Fannie Mae, Joel T. Jordan, founder of Synchtank, Gar Ragland of Citizen Vinyl in Asheville, Gregg McCraw of Maxx Music, Micah Davidson of Midwood Entertainment, Lonnie Davis of Jazz Arts Charlotte, and John Tosco of Tosco Music.

Among the 15 conference sessions:

  • Charting Your Path: Innovative Tools and Strategies for Successfully Releasing Your Music
  • Artist to Entrepreneur: Crafting Your Path to Success in Music
  • How to Pitch a Music Venue or Festival
  • Building a Sustainable Career in the Music Industry of the Future
  • Cultivating a Local, Loyal Fanbase

The complete schedule, including all conference sessions and all performers, is now available at

“The mission of Confluence is to inspire, connect, elevate, and celebrate the music community of Charlotte and the Carolinas,” says Rick Thurmond of Charlotte Center City Partners and Music Everywhere CLT, the producers of Confluence. “It will be a hub for emerging artists, established industry professionals, and music enthusiasts to come together to share their passion, learn, exchange ideas, and pave the way for the future of music.”

Conference passes ($50), music passes ($35), and all-access passes ($75) for Confluence 2023 are available for purchase via the official website, The All-Access Pass includes admission to both days of the conference, all shows at all venues, and a VIP Opening Party on October 17 with a special performance by rising stars Abby Bryant and the Echoes.

Confluence 2023 is produced by Charlotte Center City Partners and Music Everywhere CLT.







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