Next Level Music Industry Program

Expanding Boundaries



Sunday, February 10, 2019

You may be making music in Sonoma County, but your creative playground is much bigger. Creative collaboration is definitely not bound by geography. The opportunity to connect with both fans and musical partners from all over is getting easier. By working with a broader palette of partners, with different tools and skills, you can push the limits of your capacity, grow your audiences, and ultimately increase revenue streams.

The 2019 Next Level Music Industry Conference, to be held at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, will explore and help break down barriers of many types, including a live-remote recording between a Santa Rosa songwriter and Nashville musicians (see Songwriting Contest, below!). Other session topics will include getting more from your live recordings and making your home studio play “bigger,” connecting with regional and national resources, networking, and more.

For a taste the Next Level program, check out this brief video of the 2017 Pre-Conference and Conference.

2019 Conference presenters and registration details will be updated on this page,, as they are confirmed.

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Entry Deadline:  Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 4pm PST

Sonoma County songwriters are invited to submit a demo track to be considered for the opportunity to have the track workshopped and re-recorded with a backing band drawn from Nashville’s finest musicians. The live remote recording session will occur as a live webcast at the Next Level Conference on February 10, 2019 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Local songwriter/producer Cliff Goldmacher will work one-on-one with the selected songwriter to reshape the original song, record the track, and lead the remote recording session.

Goldmacher is a multi-instrumentalist, chart-topping songwriter and tri-coastal producer whose credits include collaborations with Keb’ Mo, Lisa Loeb, Mickey Hart, Mindy Smith, Ke$ha and more. Nashville musicians for the session will be drawn from Goldmacher’s extensive network of great players including band members for Bonnie Raitt, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, and the Grand Ole Opry.

Click HERE to learn more and to enter the contest!



Application Opens Online:  February 11, 2019

Creative Sonoma is very happy to announce a third year of Next Level Grants for Musicians in Sonoma County. Grants in the amount of $2,500 will be available to help local professional musicians do what they need to do to advance their careers to the next level. Grantees will also receive 10 hours of one-on-one consulting with music industry experts on topics tailored to their individual needs. Information about previous years’ grantees can be found at The online grant application will open on February 11, 2019 with an estimated deadline for submission of March 29, 2019. More information coming soon!


The 2019 Next Level Music Industry Program is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.