The APMAs are pleased to announce the inclusion of two bonus events surrounding the main awards event, both of which are free and open to the public. The Musicians Institute Conversation Series Presents: Beartooth and Creative Live x APMAs Educational Conference will offer attendees an educational look inside the current state of the music industry. These events provide an insider look for anyone interested in the inner-workings of the music business and artist development.

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The Musicians Institute Conversation Series Presents: Beartooth will take place at the Fawcett Center (2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio) from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 17—the night before the APMAs. The event will feature Columbus natives and APMAs performers and nominees Beartooth taking part in an engaging, career-encompassing Q&A about the band’s formation and what continues to drive them. The Q&A will be hosted by regular MI Conversation Series host and Alternative Press Vice President of Content Development/Senior Editor Ryan J. Downey. The event will close with an audience Q&A and meet and greet with the band. Head to EventBrite and enter MIBT to receive two tickets! Hurry, as space is limited.

The morning of the APMAs (July 18), the Fawcett Center also will host the free CreativeLive x APMAs Educational Conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Launched in 2015, this conference expands in 2016 to include a day's worth of inspired programming. Arrive to the Fawcett Center ready to engage with some of the most talented producers, mentors, publicists, managers, photographers and artists in our community. Do you want to be a pivotal part of the next generation of the music industry? Then do not miss this event ahead of the third-annual APMAs! Get tickets here with the code APMACL.

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