Music Biz hosts an annual slate of face-to-face & virtual events to foster important connections between our members and major industry players, introduce new career development tools, and provide vital knowledge to inform business decisions. Association members receive discounted registration rates for all Music Biz events, as well as priority consideration for speaker placement during our events. To submit a member of your team for inclusion in a future speaking engagement, fill out the form linked here.
Check out our currently scheduled events below:
January 18, 2022 - January 21, 2022
NY:LON Connect gathers top decision makers from the international music industry to discuss and debate key industry issues and set the agenda for the coming year. This marquee global music business summit features a high-level program that explores the future of music, with keynotes and presentations from industry power players focused on driving positive change in the business. In addition, the event offers focused networking opportunities which will build relationships that will impact the international ecosystem for years to come.
May 9 - May 12, 2022
JW Marriott Nashville
Join us for four days of the industry-defining conversations and connections you’ve come to expect from our Association, including continued discussions of how we can support those among us who are still struggling and address our individual needs for professional & personal growth.
Our Common Ground Webinar Series offers a platform to showcase innovative products and services, give members important Association updates, and present the newest market and consumer intelligence from our trusted research partners.
For more than six decades, the Music Business Association has supported a collaborative approach to growth and problem solving, in good times and in bad. Our Music Biz LIVE interview series features candid discussions with thought leaders from around the industry to serve as a jumping-off point for solutions to the issues we all face.
The second virtual edition of our Metadata Summit discussed advancements in music metadata technologies across the global music business; covered the importance of metadata as music blends even more deeply with film, podcasting, and video games; and showcase some of the companies leading the charge in the music metadata space today.
August 10, 2021 - August 12, 2021
Music Biz’s #NEXTGEN_U virtual events bring together the music business and education communities to plot our industry’s future trajectory with the students who will soon be taking the reins. Tune in to our third student-focused summit for a can’t-miss program addressing how students are already impacting our industry’s evolution ahead of the pivotal 2021-22 school year!
August 2, 2021 - August 6, 2021
Once again, Music Biz and Record Store Day are teaming up to bring our RSD’s now-annual Summer Camp gathering of the indie retail/physical music community from New Orleans to the internet! Join us from your home, your office, or even your couch, to talk about the state of indie retail and how we can work towards an even brighter future. We’re also debuting an all-new, can’t-miss trade show component allowing vendors to show off new physical music products. If you (or what you do, sell or represent) belongs in a record store, you belong at Couch Camp — so join us this August!
June 3, 2021
The podcast format’s various synergies with the music industry have led it to be a hot discussion topic at Music Biz’s past Annual Conferences. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring the standalone summit back this summer in partnership with Gracenote after a successful debut last year! This year, you’ll hear from our podcast pros as they help labels and DIY musicians alike determine whether “To Pitch or To Podcast,” give tips on capitalizing on catalog music to give their fans even more of what they want, and more!
October 21, 2021
With no industry standards for factory sealed carton counts, corrugate weight recommendations, packing material and storage guidelines, shipping standards and more, product often reaches fans in a less than pristine state and stores in conditions not suitable for resale. During this Fall’s featured conversation, we will expose the packaging challenges faced by retailers, labels and pressing plants, and begin to discuss best approaches for optimizing shipping practices.
June 2, 2021
In this update to our 2020 event for the physical music business, this Let’s Talk Physical session will deliver an exclusive inside look at the inner workings of vinyl pressing plants! We’ll be joined by plant leaders to discuss the challenges they face with massive global demand for physical music product, changes in the labor pool, shifting artist & label priorities, and how they plan for both short- and long-term success.
May 25, 2021 - May 26, 2021
When you’re pouring your time and talent into your next single or album in the here and now, it’s easy to forgo considering what your bank account will look like 10, 20, even 50 years from now. That is why Music Biz has created this new two-day virtual event, where you’ll gain insights from music industry & financial experts alike on what to consider when planning for the future, how to build your financial “dream team,” which institutions best cater to the needs of creative audiences, estate planning and much more!
May 4, 2021
Join us for a special virtual event set to explore everything from artist development and artificial intelligence to cross-cultural exchanges and global stages. Through this forum, we’ll explore how these topics tie into data, marketing, and analytics within the music business and how they are essential to the industry’s current and future growth.
April 27, 2021 - April 28, 2021
During this two-day event, we’ll delve into what data you need to collect and when you should start the collection process. Representatives from The MLC and the PROs will join us to break down how data affects your payouts and how you should register your works once your data is organized. We’ll also highlight firsthand metadata handling successes, as well as companies whose mission is to help you manage data collection & organization so your songs get playlisted and your performance & mechanical royalties get paid.
April 13, 2021 - April 15, 2021
Young industry voices today are proving that age does not always equal authority and that the next generation is not necessarily next – it’s now. The second #NEXTGEN_NOW Virtual Summit will once again bring together young music business professionals to discuss personal & professional development, perseverance, entrepreneurship, and how their new innovative ideas are influencing, impacting & transforming our industry. Join your peers from music companies that span all facets of the business for this one-of-a-kind, exclusive experience.
February 3, 2021
During our first-ever “Let’s Talk Physical” event, we’ll check in with members of Music Biz’s Physical Business Action Community and leaders in the physical music space to share how stores, wholesalers and labels have worked together to overcome the challenges of 2020. We’ll also discuss plans to leverage successful strategies and unique product offerings in the coming year to continue offering consumers the physical music products they crave!
Article 17 is the largest reform in copyright history, one that stands to benefit music rightsholders, content creators and digital platforms alike. To help us all get a handle on the legislation’s sweeping changes, Music Biz is proud to partner with Pex to host three virtual events, programmed to clear up any confusion about the implications of Article 17 reforms, and discuss what improved legal protections and monetary gains it offers to relevant stakeholders.
October 20, 2020 - October 22, 2020
The music industry — built on a foundation of love for music created by artists of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, and sexual orientations — is uniquely poised to help make a truly diverse and inclusive America a reality, if we choose to do so. Our Driving Change event brought together music business executives and thought leaders for action-based conversations about how we can take meaningful steps to support underrepresented communities in our industry, and what we can learn from each other to help institute much-needed change.
October 8, 2020 - October 29, 2020
Music Biz, along with presenters Clio Music and G7 Entertainment Marketing, hosted our Brand Summit 2020: Music For Good for the first time virtually. This year’s program featured top brand, agency and industry executives discussing how innovation & fast action led to partnerships between artists, music companies, and brands during 2020.
October 5, 2020 - October 8, 2020
We’re excited to bring you Music Biz LIVE: Onward & Upward, a virtual event focused on how the global music industry overcame the disruptions of 2020, and a look at what’s next! Each day’s program will consist of our popular digital platform workshops showcasing the latest tools available to artists and their teams to best promote their music, and a high-level keynote interview on the state of our industry in 2020 and beyond. We hope you’ll join us for these important programs and discussions, all at the high caliber you’ve come to expect from Music Biz!
September 29, 2020
The novelty of the podcast format — a convenient, downloadable product oftentimes covering niche subjects with a low barrier of entry to create — has led to a massive explosion in content over the past decade. With this rise in popularity, a number of questions have arisen: How new podcasters can break through the ever-growing noise? And what portion of the monetary pie can the music business tap into? This year’s Podcasting Summit will bring together music industry, tech, legal and licensing experts to discuss how artists can use the format to promote upcoming projects, how the industry can work with podcasters to ensure proper song licensing and payments for rightsholders, how DSPs and smart tech can improve discovery to help users find their next favorite show, and more!
September 24, 2020 - September 25, 2020
Given the fast-paced, tech-based nature of the modern music industry, it is critical to stay informed on the legal guidelines on proper use of music so that all stakeholders are fairly compensated. This year’s program brings together law experts from across the industry to examine a variety of important topics and issues.
September 16, 2020 - September 17, 2020
The advent of digital music consumption has created a global ecosystem with a number of complex challenges that artists, songwriters and rightsholders must navigate to ensure that they are receiving proper compensation from all relevant parties. Building on three successful Independent Artist & Songwriter Forum programs at the Annual Music Biz Conference, we are thrilled to partner once again with Songtrust to deliver a two-day Zoom event focused on informing both the creative and business communities of the best ways to maximize their global royalty collections!
August 3, 2020 - August 5, 2020
Following the successful debut of our online summit for indie retailers, Music Biz and Record Store Day are proud to present a second edition of the Couch Camp series set for August 5-7! Couch Camp Pt. 2 will build upon the most popular aspects of the first virtual event experience, and expand the program with new topics, speakers and companies!
July 28, 2020 - July 29, 2020
Young industry voices today are proving that age does not always equal authority and that the next generation is not necessarily next – it’s now! The first #NEXTGEN_NOW Virtual Summit will bring together young music business professionals to discuss personal & professional development, perseverance, entrepreneurship, and how their new innovative ideas are influencing, impacting & transforming our industry.
June 3, 2020 - June 5, 2020
As part of their efforts to bring educational content to the industry at large as it practices social distancing, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) and Record Store Day co-hosted the Couch Camp virtual educational conference via Zoom from June 3-5, 2020!
September 26, 2019
The Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series was created to merge entertainment law issues with insight on the new technology and media concerns that are at the forefront of the entertainment and technology industries. Known for debating hot topics and bringing together the most knowledgeable speakers, this is a must-attend event for anyone who wants the opportunity to interact with industry advocates and influencers.