Building our common future

Roll up your sleeves and get to work building the future of the music industry. As part of the move from NARM and digitalmusic.org to the Music Business Association (Music Biz), we have organized around six key industry sectors that reflect the breadth and diversity of the music business today. Our workgroups are where communication, coordination, and cooperation happen, helping us all reap the rewards as we work together to drive the monetization of music forward.

Participation in the new Music Biz workgroups is open to all members and affiliate partners. Whether you are a legacy member or new to the organization, browse the information below to learn more about each sector and workgroup for details that can get you where you need to be in the biz.

PHYSICAL SECTOR
Advance the interests of all types of physical commerce (retail and wholesale), and foster initiatives designed to promote sales of  all forms of physical product, regardless of where it is sold. Preliminary topics on the agenda include: data-centric initiatives such as improving sales reporting and helping retailers exploit comparable sales data; opportunities in music DVD; issues around third party fulfillment; keeping CDs in print and manufacturing on demand; expanding catalog offerings in vinyl; packaging; e-commerce best practices; and Record Store Day. Specific workgroup information coming soon.

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DIGITAL SECTOR
Push the potential of the fast-changing digital space. For members whose work is primarily on the digital-first side of the music business. Here you will find a seamless transition for the following digitalmusic.org workgroups:

  • Business Development
 Workgroup
    Mission: To accelerate innovation in the field of digital music by reducing barriers to entry for startups, entrepreneurs and others interested in creating digital products and services around music.
  • Digital Marketing Workgroup
    Mission: To coordinate best practices for direct marketing and CRM for an artist web site or network of artist websites, such as tools, platforms and strategic integrations that utilize the artist site(s) as the hub for activity.
  • Subscription Services Workgroup
    Mission: Advocating the business of On-Demand music streaming and subscription services.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
Create a forum for education, promotion and creation of information technology initiatives for the music industry. For members whose work is primarily focused on digital operations, data integrity and strategic integrations. Here you will find a seamless transition for the following digitalmusic.org workgroups:

  • Digital Supply Chain & Operations
 Workgroup
    Mission: To streamline digital operations in the content supply chain and reporting process, including style guide standards, product database, takedown and rights revocation issues, rights collision management, and the like.
  • Digital Asset Management
 Workgroup
    Mission: To coordinate and standardize all non-recorded music assets relevant to the digital music value chain, such as artist images, credits, liner notes, archival assets, and more.

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KNOWLEDGE SECTOR
Gather and publish consumer and market intelligence, organize networking and programming events that benefit the entire music ecosystem, and assist us in distributing financial assistance to the future leaders of our business.

  • Research Workgroup
    Mission: To assess the consumer and market research currently available within the industry, identifying gaps in intelligence and recommending projects for sourcing information to help members make informed, effective business decisions.
  • Convention Workgroup
    Mission: To strategically plan the Association’s annual industry confab, Music Biz, helping to organize education program elements and develop new ways to bring attendees together to meet and work on industry issues.
  • Scholarship Foundation Workgroup
    Mission: To assist in the distribution of financial aide to academically deserving children and spouses of member company employees.

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The following two sectors represent growing segments of our membership to which we already provide programming of interest to professionals in these areas, including the Artist Managers Town Hall at our annual Music Biz confab and our Entertainment and Technology Law Conference Series that takes place twice a year. Sector chairs and workgroup information forthcoming in 2014.

ARTISTS, MANAGEMENT, & TOURING SECTOR
Act on your interests as never before. This sector represents a growing segment of our membership, as evidenced by the Artist Managers Town Hall at our annual Music Biz confab. We are excited to engage more and more around these professional interests going forward, including specific sector chair and workgroup information coming soon—and we encourage your participation. Contact us if you are a professional in this sector and have specific concerns or would like more information.

LEGAL & BUSINESS AFFAIRS SECTOR
Drive the policies that will shape the future of the music business. This sector is also an emerging one with growth opportunities, already served by our twice-yearly Entertainment and Technology Law Conference Series. Specific sector chair and workgroup information coming soon! Contact us if you are a professional in this sector and have specific concerns or would like more information.