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

September 9, 2021 – The State of Music Sharing

Private audio sharing platform, Byta, in partnership with researcher Dr. John Sullivan (Ph.D. Music Technology, McGill University, Canada) and music journalist Shawn Reynaldo (First Floor, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, SPIN), are releasing an in-depth study into the current challenges relating to the sharing of pre-release digital audio throughout the music ecosystem. Working with digital audio files and streams is essential for everyone across the music ecosystem. With over 60,000 new tracks being uploaded to streaming services every day, how is music shared before it is live to stream and available to buy in record stores? Join Byta’s founder and CEO Marc Brown as he presents some initial findings from a survey distributed by Music Biz as well as many international music associations. Using data collected from one on one qualitative interviews, Marc also presents frustrations and possible solutions when working with and attempting to protect your music, pre- and post-release.

May 20, 2021 – Metadata Uses for Music Video

Hear from Sarah Hall, Manager, Growth Strategy, Artists & Label Relations, Vevo, and Andrea Zapata, VP of West Coast Sales, Vevo, on how Vevo is creating proprietary metadata fields and enhancing existing metadata to augment its catalog, as well as its future plans around metadata.

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)