Continuing with my last article, here I provide information on the conference, trade show and training opportunities available to church technical ministry staff for the second half of 2018. There are lots of options, and all are worth considering.
June 28-30, 2018
NAMM is the National Association of Music Merchandisers, and is primarily useful to visit the manufacturers of smaller gear and equipment for the music industry. The NAMM show is targeted towards those selling AVL equipment, it is also open to those working professionally in the AVL field. You can also attend by being invited by a NAMM member. While probably the least helpful event on this list, it's a chance to meet microphone manufacturers and providers of smaller ticket items like portable audio systems, as well as all sort of musical instruments and associated backline gear such as guitar amplifiers.
CUE Professional Development Conference
Not being held in 2018
CUE is a professional development conference for ETC users of all skill levels including designers, programmers, educators, and students. This event is held every two years; it's not offered in 2018 but I have left it on the list to make you aware of it for 2019.
MxU in Boston
August 21, 2018
A one-day FOH mixing event for the engineer, the musician, and the creative. "We dive deeper into the actual ART of mixing, spending more time comparing our mix methods, discussing why some styles seem to work in a mix…and why some don’t. That means more time listening and watching a mix get crafted in a one-of-a kind setting.
"This day is the ultimate non-conference eventthere isn’t anything else like this: an intimate setting and limited seating with top worship audio engineers."
Oct 10-12, 2018
From the SALT website: "SALT is more than a conference. It's a movement of people desperate to rebuild the creative walls of the church, not for the sake of marketing, but the sake of engaging people with the contagious Gospel of Jesus Christ. Welcome to SALT: The Creative Arts Conference."
October 15-21, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
The LDI (Live Design International) is the lighting show in the US, especially for concert lighting. If your church does a lot of concert-type lighting in your services and wants to get more training on consoles and fixtures, or see the latest gear from the manufacturers of lighting equipment, this is the show to go to.
October 17-20, 2018
New York, NY
The AES (Audio Engineering Society) show is geared towards music recording, so is less useful than other conferences on this list for the average church. However, there are certainly churches and denominational organizations that have a strong music recording ministry, and the AES show can be great for those wanting to learn more about recording and see the latest audio-focused gear for not just recording but also live music.
WFX Network Conference & Expo
November 13-15, 2018
The WFX (Worship Facilities Conference and Expo), put on by the publishers of Worship Facilities Magazine, is the leading church-focused conference on audio, video, lighting, facilities and leadership. This year we celebrate our ten-year anniversary, returning to the city where it all started. Numerous training opportunities in audio, video and lighting, both lecture as well as hands-on formats, are available. Obviously, we're biased, but we truly believe this is a can't-miss event for church staff, and designed to be as cost-effective as possible for church attendees.