Door Prizes!!

Make sure you sign up for a door prize at the Expo next weekend! We’ve got some great stuff to give away, including:

- A whole stack of CDs featuring Athens artists! (care of AthensMusic.net)

- Two pairs of AthFest wristbands!

- An autographed Widespread Panic Poster!

- Jittery Joe’s speciality roast coffee!

and more :)

Prizes, Raffles and Giveaways!

The first 300 attendees to show up at the May Day Festival and Music Business Expo will get a FREE May Day tote filled with goodies, including vinyl, CDs, stickers and more from New West Records, BMI, NARAS and other sponsors.

You’ll also have the chance to enter a raffle for awesome gifts, including a very special posted autographed by Widespread Panic!!

So mark your calendars and plan to get down to The Melting Point early. The Expo begins at noon!

Exhibitor FAQ

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Reserve your booth for the 1st Annual Music Business Expo!  The thriving music scene in Athens, GA is jam packed with talent; just about everyone is in a band. But those bands need companies and services like yours to make it big! From luthiers to lawyers, from publicists to publishers, we are bringing together the whole spectrum of musician resources under one roof for this very special one-day event. The Music Expo will take place as part of the UGA Music Business Program’s end of the year “May Day” party. So in addition to our vendor booths, there will be live music on two stages throughout the day! We are expecting a large turnout, drawing both musicians and students interested in the music industry. All proceeds from the Expo will go toward the UGA Sports and Entertainment Law Society’s many community outreach programs, including the Protect Athens Music Conference and free legal clinics for musicians.

Who: The UGA Sports & Entertainment Law Society and the UGA Music Business Program
What: Music Business Expo and MBUS May Day
Where: The Melting Point, 295 East Dougherty Street Athens, GA
When: Sunday, Apr. 27. Noon-5 p.m.
Why: To bring together musicians, students and businesses for mutual benefit! All proceeds benefit the student groups and their artist advocacy efforts.
How Much: Admission is free.

How much does it cost to rent a booth?

If you would like to rent a booth for promotional purposes, the cost is just $55 for the day.
If you plan on selling merchandise on site, the cost is $75.
Discounts are available for non-profits and student groups.

You can also include promotional items in the canvas totes given away to our first 300 attendees for just $20. Ask for our Sponsorship Benefits sheet for more branding and promotional opportunities.

Payment and signed rental contract are due by April 1.

What comes with the booth?

Booth space measures 6’x10’. The booth will include a table with black linen, two chairs and a trashcan. Access to power outlets and WiFi is available upon request on a limited basis.

Why rent a booth at the Expo?

This event offers a uniquely targeted audience of active musicians and music business professionals. This is a prime opportunity to promote your brand and your services, solicit volunteers, collect job applications, distribute information and network! How you decide to use your space is up to you.

I would love to participate, but I don’t have the time or resources to man a table all day. Is there another way to get involved?

Sponsorship packages are available! Get your logo on a canvas bag given out to the first 300 visitors; put your logo on our promotional posters and advertisements, or supply a gift certificate as a door prize! See our Sponsorship Benefits sheet for more info.

Who will be attending this event?

We are expecting a turnout of about 500-700 attendees. Sunday, April 27 is the weekend of the Twilight bike race, so there will be thousands of visitors in Athens from all over the Southeast and beyond. Most of our attendees will likely be musicians and college students pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.

I’m interested! What do I do?

Email Expo Coordinator Michelle Davis at mgdavis@uga.edu or call 404-932-3804 with any questions. Space is limited, and we’re reserving booths on a first-come, first-serve basis.