HillFest is an annual week-long music conference concluding with a day long music festival held outdoors in the Capitol Hill neighborhood the first week in October.

The conference consists of day long events for five days and ranges in topics from Arts Policy, Jazz Education, the composing and recording industry, and music and technology.

Featured panelists may include local and Federal politicians, professional musicians, Jazz educators, festival organizers, Arts administrators, members from the GRAMMY’s, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC), and many others. Conference events will take place at five different venues on Capitol Hill including but not limited to Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, the Hill Center, the Library of Congress and North Hall at Eastern Market.

Each evening of the conference concludes with a Jam session at different locations each night.

Attendees will each receive a grab bag of information and products related to the discussion, festival, music education etc.

The festival will be held outdoors on Pennsylvania Ave. Southeast, from 4th Street to 7th Street for one full day from 10am to 10pm.

There will be two main stages and four small stages. The festival will feature a variety of International, National, Regional and local acts in addition to High school, College/University and students from independent music programs. The festival will be free to the public, have street vendors/merchants and feature over 20 acts.