Research and Insights

The Music Business Association offers access to the important data and metrics needed to make smart business decisions. Our infographics, recorded webinars, and white papers offer the most pertinent information our members need to effectively respond to the challenges posed by the ever-changing nature of the music business.

Recorded Webinars


December 12, 2019 – Best Practices for Managing Your Catalog and Assets

At Synchtank, we understand that effective catalog and asset management is now more important than ever. In this webinar, we run through the best practices for rights holders to manage their assets and data in order to maximize revenue and avoid legal complications. Topics will include: Cleaning up your data to optimize your catalog for clearance, monetization and discovery; Avoiding loss of revenue by improving rights management; Establishing good working relationships with your co-rights holders (e.g. master rights holders) to avoid issues with copyright exploitation and clearance; Optimizing your catalog for acquisition and understanding the legal and financial due diligence processes involved and how better data can dramatically increase valuation and ease of sale. Also featured in this session is Erin M. Jacobson, aka “The Music Industry Lawyer,” a practicing attorney, experienced deal negotiator, and a seasoned advisor of intellectual property rights who protects musicians, songwriters, music publishers, and a wide variety of other music professionals.



December 5, 2019 – Music Data in the Modern World: How to Navigate Through the Ever-Expanding Streaming Universe

Led by music industry software veterans Dave Bagley and Aashish Pathak of Vistex, this webinar spotlights tips for managing extensive streaming sales transactions, transferring data (importing/exporting/API’s), tracking and paying the micro-decimal-sized royalty calculations. The team will also explore how to best exploit the artificial intelligence derived from sophisticated data analytics. Dave and Aashish explore this unique set of challenges and demonstrate how Vistex GTMS can help you overcome them.


Research


October 25, 2019 – Audiomonitor 2019: Expanded — Presentation Slides

AudienceNet’s Audiomonitor 2019 provides insight into the latest music consumption trends, including time spent listening, devices and formats used, discovery and content preferences. This year, AudienceNet will be expanding the scope of Audiomonitor to explore additional areas of interest for the industry. World music will be covered in more detail, as we investigate interest in and engagement with music from different countries, cultures and in non-English languages. AudienceNet will also be adding new topic areas, such as the (positive) impact of music on consumers’ mental health, and the relationship between music and gaming. This presentation, showcased by AudienceNet’s Head of Research Sania Haq in a Music Biz webinar, provides an overview of key insights from Audiomonitor 2019 (US).



December 21, 2018 – Consumption By Genre: How Different Fans Consume Music

As tastes among music fans continue to diversify, it is becoming increasingly difficult to group consumers by their favorite genres. How can marketers analyze such diverse audiences to create actionable insights to inform tailored marketing messages? In a companion to their September 2018 report, "Audiomonitor 2018: The Overall Music Listening Landscape," AudienceNet identifies different music fans, measuring their music listening, spending and discovery behaviors, in an attempt to create a more detailed picture of how different fans consume their favorite music.


Infographics

December 21, 2018 – Music Has No Borders: The Growing Impact of International Music

Between 2016 and 2017, the number of Spanish-language entries on the Billboard Hot 100 rose from 4 to 19, and at least 16 more charting singles in 2018 alone. Combined with the boom of chart-topping tracks from both K-Pop and BTS, it is clear that international music is proving to have a sustained impact on the US music charts. In this supporting infographic, AudienceNet outlines the growing appetite for international music among the US population, as well as behavior and perceptions, and asked consumers how they feel it will change their listening in the future.

November 16, 2017 – Voice-Activated Speaker Owners

The “Voice-Controlled Speaker Users” infographic shows that music is a major part of the way Amazon Echo and Google Home owners interact with their devices. More than half of each product’s owners used them to play music daily, including 52% of Amazon Echo users and 54% of Google Home users. Furthermore, 26% of the Echo’s daily listeners requested music multiple times per day along with 20% of the Home’s daily listeners. These numbers show that voice-controlled speakers are gaining on the smartphone, the most regularly used device for listening to music with 60% daily use and 44% of those listening more than once a day. The Home and Echo placed second and third, respectively. Finally, both the Echo and Home are making strides in overall ownership, with 10% of the U.S. population owning an Echo and 3% owning a Home.

White Papers & How-To Guides


July 26, 2016 – DDEX Release Notification Standard Starter Guide for Implementation

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and its Metadata & Digital Operations Workgroup, in association with DDEX (Digital Data Exchange, LLC), are offering labels and label aggregators a step-by-step guide on how to use the DDEX standard to upload and manage their catalogs on digital retailers.



September 30, 2015 – Classical Metadata Style Guide

Released simultaneously with the Metadata Style Guide V2.1, our Classical Metadata Style Guide is the first to specifically address Classical music, which requires specialized formatting that differs substantially from that of modern popular music. (9.30.15)