Research and Insights

Music Biz sources industry-defining data and metrics from our trusted research partners, presented to our community via recordings of past educational seminars, thorough research reports, and white papers & how-to guides.

Music Biz LIVE Archives

June 14, 2021 – Music Biz LIVE: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Creators & Professionals

Tune in for this important discussion where artists and executives discuss their professional & personal experiences as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. As we commemorate Pride Month, we also discuss how the industry can change to support the community going forward! The session kicks off with a research presentation provided by Matt Yazge of MRC Data, covering LGBTQIA+ musicians and their ascending success in recent years! PLUS: don’t miss a live performance from The Kentucky Gentlemen, and a special presentation from TiVo!

May 19, 2021 – Music Biz LIVE: Mind Your Health

Tune in for a candid conversation on the music industry’s evolving approach to mental health and wellness. The event features: Keynote Conversation With Godsmack Frontman Sully Erna, Q&A and Live Performance by Gina Royale, and a panel discussion: "Being Mindful Of Your Greatest Assets — Your Staff, Your Artists, Your Students"

Recorded Webinars

November 4, 2021 – The Arrival of Immersive Music and Expanded Possibilities

There has been growing interest in immersive music recently, but for many, it’s still a relatively new area of exploration. As more companies from the service, hardware, or automotive sectors continue to adopt advanced Dolby Atmos sound technology as the next step change in music experiences, how can record labels and artist teams leverage this advancement for their creative and business pursuits? In this session, we explore this topic with Christine Thomas from Dolby’s music partnerships team in discussion with representatives from early adopters in the industry.

October 28, 2021 – Playlists and Beyond: Best Practices for Artists & Their Teams

Both Mike Warner and Andrea Young focus on the streaming ecosystem. Mike literally wrote the book on playlists (Work Hard Playlist Hard), and holds expertise as a curator, podcaster and independent artist. Andrea has worked with hundreds of artists and teams to build their digital presence on streaming platforms through exposure and feedback on playlists (and beyond), guiding artists through every step of the process, and is also a longtime curator. Both have strong independent experience in the streaming and playlisting space to share, providing value for artists, management teams, labels, and playlisting/streaming staff. In this webinar, this dynamic duo presents insights from their own case studies, along with follow-up action items, so creatives and those who support them can understand how to make the most of music release strategies, promotional tools, and tactics for fan development & artist branding.

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.

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)