Sean “Diddy” Combs (Chairman of REVOLT) is a man with a plan. As one of the music industry’s most successful executives and entertainers with a career spanning two decades, Combs’ REVOLT Music Conference is more than just a weekend where the music and entertainment industry descend upon Miami to party, network, and handle a little bit of business. His vision for the conference now in its second year is about bringing together industry trailblazers, innovators, and creators to discuss the collision points of music, technology, and digital platforms and to equip industry leaders and music professionals with the network, insights, and access to industry resources. Combs says that the events and parties are just a small piece of the weekend and is part of a larger vision to position RMC as the platform to knowledge sharing, and according to the line up of esteemed panelists, keynotes, and workshops, he’s right on target.
The REVOLT Music Conference has the potential of being a game changer not just for the industry but also for the South Florida community and its potential to brand the area as a viable music hub. Combs says that he wants the conference to reach beyond the industry and engage the community for lasting impact, which is the purpose of the RMC Film Festival on Sunday, October 18 at the Lyric Theater in Overtown held in collaboration with Commissioner Keon Hardemon of the City of Miami and the Southeast Overtown / Park West Community Redevelopment Agency . The Film Festival is an opportunity for the community to take part in RMC and also features short films produced by local talent.
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RMC’s local impact is also being recognized by local elected officials and community leaders. Combs was presented with the keys to the city of Miami Beach by Mayor Philip Levine at a Welcome Ceremony hosted at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach in advance of the action-packed weekend. Mayor Philip Levine officially named October 15th as “REVOLT Music Conference Day” to celebrate the energy and opportunities that the conference continues to bring to the city. Combs humbly shared the recognition with his mentor and close friend, Andre Harrell, thanking him for giving him his shot to succeed. Additional attendees of the Welcome Ceremony included Andre Harrell (REVOLT Music Conference Chair), Bill Talbert (President and CEO of Greater Miami Convention & Visitor Bureau), Keon Hardemon (City of Miami Commissioner), and Philip Goldfad (President of Fontainebleau) and more.
The Ceremony was followed by a Q&A with Keith Clinkscales (CEO of REVOLT) and Marc Ecko (CEO of Mark Ecko Enterprises and Founder of Complex). Keith Clinkscales reinforced that the purpose of the REVOLT Music Conference is to network, learn, and take advantage of the opportunities to be close to the industry’s biggest names. He stated, “this is the real Empire,” referencing all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into building a successful multi-platform brand such as REVOLT.
When asked why Miami, Combs responded that Miami is where it’s happening. Besides the allure and the scenery, Miami is a transforming metropolitan city already viewed as a music hub in the industry by artists who often come here to record and produce new material. Combs says that he’s a resident of the City, spends time off the beach in neighborhoods like Overtown and Little Haiti, and says that Miami is all about music, creativity, and entrepreneurialism.