Music Biz LIVE Archives

Music Biz LIVE is our new weekly interview series held via Zoom will allow us to discuss “the new normal” with high-level executives and check in with the various communities within our industry.

Check out recordings of past Music Biz LIVE sessions below:

April 12, 2021 – Music Biz LIVE: The Shape of the Business to Come

As we come out of the first year of the pandemic and look towards the future, join us for a roundtable discussion with expert voices from around the music industry covering how our collective response to COVID-19 has changed the way we do business and what we foresee coming next.

March 8, 2021 – Music Biz LIVE: Women’s History Month 2021

Join us as we chat with the female team behind Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” — Tara Beikae, the band’s day-to-day manager; digital marketing executive Sheila Hozhabri; and Cassie Petrey, co-founder of Crowd Surf — about the making of the hit song and detail its journey over the past five years!

February 22, 2021 – Music Biz LIVE: Billboard’s 2021 Change Agents + The NMAAM

In a special interview for Black History Month, Music Biz President Portia Sabin discuss where the music industry's racial justice efforts are now with Jonathan Azu of Culture Collective & the Diversity in Music Initiative, Michele Ballantyne of The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Kortney Toney of Nashville Music Equality. the session kicks off with a bonus conversation with Henry Beecher Hicks III of the National Museum of African American Music, hosted by TiVo.

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.

October 8, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE Onward & Upward Keynote: Warner Chappell Music’s Ryan Press

October 8, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE Onward & Upward Keynote: TikTok’s Ole Obermann

October 6, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE Onward & Upward Keynote: Amazon Music’s Steve Boom

October 5, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE Onward & Upward Keynote: Sony Music Group’s Towalame Austin

August 19, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Binta Brown, Prophet and Caron Veazey of BMAC

Music Biz President Portia Sabin interviewed founders of the newly formed Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) — artist manager/industry executive Binta Brown, Prophet of 50/50 Music Group Management, Inc., and Caron Veazey of Something In Common — who will share their plan to address the deeply rooted systemic racism in the music industry.