Music Biz LIVE Archives

Our Music Biz LIVE interview series features candid discussions with thought leaders from around the industry to serve as a jumping-off point for solutions to the issues we all face.

Check out recordings of past Music Biz LIVE sessions below:

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.

July 8, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE Keynote — Ghazi of Empire and Fat Joe

In the first Music Biz LIVE session of Summer 2020, we celebrate EMPIRE’s 10-year journey to becoming one of today’s top all-encompassing independent music companies!

May 14, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Aaron Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson of Warner Records

In the 18 months since this power duo jointly took the reigns at Warner Records, the iconic label has seen a name change, a new office location, an investment in exciting new talent, and seemingly, a rebrand. These industry veterans will take us inside what’s new at Warner Records (formerly Warner Bros.), as well as talk about their pivoted release strategy for one of their biggest projects – Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia.

May 13, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Troy Carter, J. Erving and Suzy Ryoo of Q&A/Human Re-Sources

Over the past year, this power trio has built a multifaceted music company that seeks to empower the next generation of artists through technology, tools and services. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, they instituted “The Panel” — a Zoom series featuring industry heavy-hitters that serves as a forum to support one another during this unusual time. Dozens of sessions later, we will turn the tables and interview them to get a first-hand look at what they have learned from their guests.

May 12, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Kris Ahrend, CEO of The Mechanical Licensing Collective

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is a new non-profit designated to manage the licensing, administration and payments process for digital audio mechanicals in the U.S. and provide greater transparency to self-administered songwriters and music publishers. Starting in January 2021, The MLC will process and distribute mechanical royalties paid by digital audio services in the U.S. at no cost to songwriters or music publishers. In his first public address since taking his new position, The MLC Chief Executive Officer Kris Ahrend will update viewers on the progress and priorities of The MLC, and lay out his vision for the future of this brand-new, globally recognized data & technology startup.

May 11, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Marian Dicus and Jeremy Erlich, Global Co-Heads of Music of Spotify

In their first keynote conversation as Global Co-Heads of Music for one of the most influential companies in the modern music business, this duo will detail how they are leading the charge in their new roles and jointly overseeing programming, editorial, artist & label marketing, industry relations, and overall music initiatives. We will kick off our special presentation series by discussing what the company has worked on since the COVID-19 crisis first hit, including listening trends over the past two months, launching the Artist Fundraising Pick feature, and instituting the Spotify Covid-19 Music Relief project which matches dollar-for-dollar up to $10 million for a growing list of organizations offering financial relief to creators around the world.

May 6, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Music Consumption Metrics

Music Biz President Portia Sabin will interview David Bakula of MRC Data, Russ Crupnick of MusicWatch, Sania Haq of AudienceNet and Rutger Rosenborg of Chartmetric as they offer in-depth analysis of music consumption habits since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, and discuss the implications this data has for our industry long-term!

May 4, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Mental Health

Music Biz President Portia Sabin will lead a poignant conversation on mental health concerns in the music industry with Al Andrews of Porter's Call, Dr. Chayim Newman of THRIV, Ty Stiklorius of Friends At Work, and Ilana Zivkovich of Werq.

April 29, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Global Music Business

Music Biz President Portia Sabin talks with Helen Smith of IMPALA, Tobias Holzmüller of GEMA, Héloïse Fontanel of SACEM, John Mottram of PRS for Music, Kim Bayley of ERA, and Francesca Trainini of peermusic Italy about the impact COVID-19 has had on the global music business.