Seattle, WA – The 2nd Annual Africatown-Central District Black Music Summit 2016 will be held on April 2, 10am6pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute bringing together music stakeholders, including musicians, artists, promoters, venues, media, educators and community organizers.


Sir Mix-A-Lot, a native of the Central District, Seattle Hip Hop icon and long time tech enthusiast, teamed up with local software developers to create new uses for Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service and music studio equipment. They’ll share their new “Internet of Things” application at the event, and discuss where the future of music, artificial intelligence, and technology is headed.


The purpose of this summit is to increase awareness of opportunities and strengthen networks for action.  Our goal is to address the current state and future of Black Music in Seattle and the Central District, and explore the opportunities and challenges in context of the Seattle’s City of Music Initiative ( to make Seattle a global music mecca by 2020.


Black Music Summit 2016

Saturday, April 2nd, 10am-6pm

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

104 17th Ave S.

Seattle, WA 98144



10:00am Industry Stakeholders Meet & Greet Continental Breakfast

10:30am Welcome & Opening Statements

10:45am – 11:30am Technology & Music Demo
Mix-A-Lot & Software Development Team
Facilitator: David Harris

11:30am – 12:15pm You Have The Talent, Now Where’s The Money?
Ali Graham, Uncode
Gab Gifted, Hip Hop Artist
Dominique Thomas, LHPAI –
Mr. Network, One Famm Music Group

12:15pm – 12:45pm Lunch Break & Networking

1:00pm – 2:00pm Beyond The Music: Design
Michael Elsworth, Built By Civilization
Atuanya Priester, Video Producer/Filmmaker
Margo Jones, Stylist, APPOV
Isiah Sevenly, Graphic Designer

2:00pm – 3:00pm From Music To Multimedia Content: Collaborations Across Genres
Simon Okelo, One Vibe
Soulma Hardiman, Abstract Soul/Music Never Sleeps
Jazmyn Scott, The Town Entertainment
Kamari Bright, Trill Effect
Def Chef, Hip Hop Culinary Artist

3pm-4:30pm Unconference: Open Space Break Outs
Using Music to Activate Neighborhoods Roundtable:
Preserving the culture of people of African descent through music
Music Video Meetup
Using Technology for Marketing
Embracing The Diaspora: Making Moves Globally
Young Artists Roundtable
Producers Connect
Songwriters Connect

4:45pm: Report Back

5:30pm: Networking