DETROIT, MI — Historians are going to study how a home entertainment format deemed to be dead and forgotten less than 15 years ago is now regarded globally as physical media’s only shining star in the digital age.

“Making Vinyl” is a two-day conference to be held on Nov. 6-7, 2017 (Monday & Tuesday) at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit that will closely examine the circumstances leading up to this astounding comeback that took everyone by surprise.

“It’s clear that after 10 years of continued vinyl growth worldwide, a new manufacturing mindset was required to meet the demand,” says conference director Bryan Ekus, president of Colonial Purchasing Co-op, a raw material buying group of physical media manufacturers that is presenting Making Vinyl, in association with Record Store Day and Third Man Pressing, the event’s hometown sponsor. Third Man Pressing began making records in February and will provide a tour of the brand new facility for conference attendees on the afternoon of Nov. 6.

“The timing for Making Vinyl is perfect as new pressing plants will help reduce the backlogs of orders, as independent record stores and labels have experience in recent years,” states Michael Kurtz, co-founder of Record Store Day, which in April celebrated its 10th consecutive year of double-digit growth.

The goal of Making Vinyl is bring networking opportunities for all the players along the new vinyl value chain, he added. ‘Making Vinyl’ will also mark the return of the ‘Alex Awards’, the media packaging competition named in honor of Alex Steinweiss, the creator of the first commercially intended album cover for Columbia Records in 1939.


Event Hotel info: http://www.bookcadillacwestin.com/

Conference info: http://www.makingvinyl.com

Alex Awards Packaging Competition: http://makingvinyl.com/alex-awards/

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