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.

Music Biz LIVE Archives

January 14, 2021 – Music Biz LIVE: Nicole Wyskoarko and Caroline “Baroline” Diaz of Interscope

In this talk, we’ll get personal with one of Interscope’s rising A&R stars and her mentor, a senior executive in the organization, to understand how their relationship has helped them both develop their highly successful careers as women of color in a crowded and competitive record business. Each of these women have built successful track records — from Co-Head of A&R at the Number One label in the business, to nurturing the careers of some of the biggest artists in the world. We’ll share stories about how they supported each of their journeys in a dog-eat-dog industry. 

November 18, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Jac Holzman, Founder of Elektra Records

In the final LIVE interview of 2020, listen in as music industry legend and tech pioneer Jac Holzman talks about the founding of Elektra Records 70 years ago. And, learn more about Jac's life beyond Elektra as an executive, adviser, and technologist.

Recorded Webinars

January 14, 2021 – Streamlining Royalty Payments: Tips for Global Expansion from TuneCore & Payoneer

Many digital publishers, distributors, music labels and performing rights organizations are still finding it difficult to streamline their royalty payouts. Those who figure out the solution are finding that it can be their ticket to expanding their business on a global scale. In this webinar, TuneCore COO Matt Barrington and VP of International Faryal Khan-Thompson join music payments experts from Payoneer to discuss insights on TuneCore’s digital music distribution, publishing and licensing services; the company’s successes in the music space; and how they have overcome digital royalty payments challenges by leveraging Payoneer’s infrastructure. Presenters will also shed light on both the common roadblocks and specific issues music companies experience in this vertical, and the ways they have successfully navigated them. Finally, they will explore the benefits of offering automated international payments from a trusted source, and present the results each company has seen since implementing Payoneer.

November 12, 2020 – Protecting Your Content: Copyright Changes You Need To Know About & The Tools To Help You Get It Done

Throw out that self-addressed, unopened envelope and get ready to toss out a few other things you thought you knew about copyright protection along with it. While it’s gotten easier to create, upload, and share content, protecting that content still seems unapproachable, complicated and expensive for most of the creative community. This session — hosted by Cosynd CEO Jessica Sobhraj and North Music Group President Abby North — tackles the misconceptions around copyright protection, the common practices that are now obsolete, and the critical changes that affect how you can safeguard your rights and revenue. You will also learn more about how companies like Cosynd and North Music Group provide tools and guidance to make copyright protection simpler and affordable for our community.


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.


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)