Conference Preview
Sept. 14 - 16


Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Osaka

With a reputation of featuring some of the top artists of the conference, the KMC opening party has developed into a must attend event and a great way for KMC attendees to start things off.
Last year's party drew a record size audience with KMC attendees, area music fans, KMC staff and Hard Rock Cafe regulars all enjoying a great atmosphere of music, socializing and food.

Veronica Nunes


Gaelle Buswel


French Antonio


LIVE MUSIC - SEPT. 15 (Sat.)

Kobe: Art House

Since 2013, KMC has joined with Arthouse to help Japanese and non-Japanese musicians communicate through music by combining about 7 local and foreign bands to play together for an evening of unique sounds and friendly vibes. (8 min. walk from Hankyu and JR stations in Sannomiya)



Kenichi Yamasaki




LIVE MUSIC - SEPT. 15 (Sat.)

Kitahorie, Osaka: Club Vijon

There will be a total of 7 acts performing at Club Vijon, near Shinsaibashi. It will be a wide variety of music from ambient and dream pop to punk rock. A great chance to see musicians from different countries playing on the same stage!

King George






Lauren Spike


Yasuho Matsuda




Ayniw Tepo


Kitahorie, Osaka: Bistro New Orleans

Around the corner from Club Vijon is Bistro New Orleans, a restaurant that serves great food from the American South and supports the Osaka music scene with live music on weekends. There will be 3 performances by singer/songwriters for the evening's entertainment.

Hideto Matsuura


Darcy Staddon


Kitahorie, Osaka: Hills Pan Kojo

On the next block over, Hills Pan Kojo is a nice venue with a great PA and atmosphere. This will be the first year to use this venue for KMC, so we are looking forward to spreading some international vibes around this progressive area of Osaka, with about 6 - 7 acts performing on stage.





Meet Me Saturday


Zangetsu no Yaiba


Peces Raros



Venue: Business Innovation Center Osaka

Networking Event

As a very productive session, registered attendees are invited to meet with other musicians, members of the Japanese music industry and presenters to exchange business cards and make connections. (details)


In the afternoon presentations and workshops open to the general public and covering various topics will be held for anyone who is interested in attending.

Songwriting seminar

There will be a seminar for musicians and songwriters.

Panel discussion: The Japanese Music Market

This will be a panel made up of veteran musicians, industry reps. and live venue managers discussing the ins & outs of the Japanese music scene.

KMC Interactive

There will also be an opportunity to join interactive seminars via live streaming with professional musicians and/or members of the music industry. Attendees will be able to watch the presentation live and ask questions.