Springboard South: A Peculiar New Festival Arises at CityCentre

Springboard South Music Festival Citycentre May 6, 2012

An interesting experiment unfolded this weekend at CityCentre. The Springboard South music festival was the brainchild of Barry Coffing, a music and film industry vet who's the director for the Houston chapter of the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP).

The idea was to create a platform for independent artists to perform and network with industry pros lined up to counsel them individually on everything from artist development to music licensing, something akin to the original intent behind South by Southwest.

More than half of the 45 bands and musicians invited were locals, and Sunday's participants (the event ran for three days) seemed altogether satisfied with the proceedings. Springboard South had a wealth of talent on display, and the mentorship and advice from folks occupying the suit-and-tie end of the music business seemed to be a nice step toward filling a niche in a town from which too many artists move away to become "real" pros.

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Nathan Smith
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