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March 15, 2023 – Music Biz Member Belmont University Appoints Spotify’s Brittany Schaffer As Dean Of  Mike Curb College Of Entertainment & Music Business

Belmont University has recruited Brittany Schaffer as the next Dean for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. She will succeed Belmont alumnus and music industry executive, Doug Howard, as the first female dean since the program’s launch in 2003. In her role, Schaffer will be responsible for the college’s academic programs and… Read More

March 15, 2023 – The Future Of What Episode #204 — BE THE CHANGE Gender Equality Study, Pt. 1

Released on International Women’s Day 2023, the 3rd iteration of the BE THE CHANGE study showcases the perspectives of more than 1,500 music industry professionals across 100+ countries on how gender discrimination is both experienced and perceived across the music industry. In the first of two episodes focused on this year’s report, Matthew Yazge of… Listen

March 13, 2023 – Music Biz Members TuneCore & Luminate Release Third Annual BE THE CHANGE: Gender Equality In The Music Industry Study

Music data provider, Luminate has partnered with TuneCore and Believe for the third annual “BE THE CHANGE: Gender Equality in the Music Industry” study, which aims to shed light on important issues surrounding gender equality in the music industry. The study highlights accounts of discrimination experienced by women and gender expansive individuals, as well as… Read More

March 9, 2023 – Statement from the Music Business Association Regarding the State of Tennessee’s Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

The Music Business Association condemns the decision by Tennessee state lawmakers to pass recent discriminatory bills removing the rights of transgender youth to receive gender-affirming healthcare and effectively making the performance of drag shows in public places illegal. These bigoted actions are especially concerning as we believe the intentional use of vague, inflammatory language will… Read More

March 10, 2023 – Music Biz Member Downtown Announces Three Executive Promotions

Downtown Music Holdings has promoted Manan Vohra, Harmen Hemminga and Gareth Mellor to executive roles within the company. Joining from FUGA, Vohra will serve as the Chief Technology Officer of Downtown. He will be responsible for leading the wider product and technology strategy for the company. Vohra is an active member of the DDEX board… Read More

March 10, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Publishing Nashville Renews Partnership With Songwriter & Producer, Lindsay Rimes

Sony Music Publishing Nashville has renewed its publishing agreement with award-winning songwriter and producer, Lindsay Rimes, whose songs have been recorded by popular Country artists including Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Phillip Phillips, Dylan Scott, Locash, The Cadillac Three, and Tyler Rich. Most recently, he co-wrote and produced Nate Smith’s “Whiskey on You.” “Lindsay’s star has… Read More

March 10, 2023 – Music Biz Member The MLC Distributes $1 Billion To Rightsholders To Date

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has reached a $1 billion milestone in royalties distributed to songwriters and rightsholders, which includes $945.9 million in blanket royalties and an additional $137.1 million in voluntary royalties. This number was reached as the organization concluded its second year of operation in 2022. “Reaching this milestone shows that the processes… Read More

March 9, 2023 – Music Biz Member Universal Music Publishing Group Appoints Shirin Foroutan As SVP &GM, Europe

Universal Music Group’s publishing division has recruited Shirin Foroutan as the company’s SVP and General Manager, Europe. In her role, she will work closely with UMPG’s European Managing Directors and C-suite leadership in Santa Monica. Prior to joining UMPG, Foroutan served in roles at companies including BMI, MPC Film, Mute Group of Companies, the Olympics,… Read More

March 8, 2023 – MNRK Music Group’s Gina Miller To Receive Music Business Association’s 2023 Presidential Award

March 8, 2023 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announces that Gina Miller, SVP and General Manager, Nashville for MNRK Music Group, will receive the organization’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement, in recognition of her career-spanning leadership and commitment to bolstering diversity and inclusion across the music industry. Miller will receive this… Read More

March 7, 2023 – Music Biz Member Universal Music Group Partners With Deezer To Produce New Streaming Model

Lucian Grange, CEO of Universal Music Group  announced during the company’s March 2nd earnings call its latest partnership to develop a new streaming mode with music streaming app, Deezer. Similar to the deal it entered in January with TIDAL, this partnership is designed to create a music streaming model that,  “…ensures continued growth” while valuing… Read More