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Aspiring rappers, DJs, producers and urban fashion models might want to keep their last weekends in August open: The Sixth Annual Texas Summer Music Conference will be held at the City Center Westin Hotel in Dallas on Friday, August 29, through Sunday, August 31.

The TSMC is intended to educate aspiring entertainment industry professionals and serve as a networking opportunity. This year’s conference promises the opportunity to mix with execs from MTV, BET, MySpace, iTunes and AppleBottoms. It’ll also be the site of The Source Magazine Unsigned Hype Tour Finals & Digital Dymepiece Finals.

The conference is the brainchild of Mic Moodswing, whose Movement Entertainment Group is also the parent company of Down XM Radio, a full-service recording studio and two ABA teams (the Texas Tycoons and Houston Havoc).

Panelists in past TSMCs have included local heavy hitters like Erykah Badu, Play-n-Skillz, Big Tuck, Pikahsso, Skip Cheatham and Greg Street, along with national names like Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Too $hort and members of G-Unit.

Conference registration is complimentary to anyone who books a room at the host hotel and calls the TSMC with a confirmation number before June 1. --Jesse Hughey

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