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Music Biz is an essential online resource that keeps members up-to-date on the latest Association announcements. Below, you can view the latest Music Biz press releases, profiles of our newest members, links to articles where Music Biz execs have been quoted, updates on Music Biz events, and more.

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April 2, 2020 – RIAA Launches to Compile Music Industry Relief Resources

The RIAA, in conjunction with their partners in the U.S. Music Community, has launched — a central hub designed to help music professionals access information and applications to receive benefits made available by the CARES Act. The site includes information on how to access unemployment benefits, small business loans and forgiveness on existing loans, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and more. Click here to learn more.... Read More

April 1, 2020 – Music Biz to Debut New Livestream Interview Series — Music Biz LIVE

For more than six decades, the Music Business Association has served to unite members of the global music business and has supported a collaborative approach to growth and problem solving, in good times and in bad. To continue this work, we’re introducing Music Biz LIVE! This new weekly community check-in interview series held via Zoom will allow us to touch base with how the industry is responding to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis and adjusting to what “the new normal” may look like going forward.... Read More

March 27, 2020 – U.S. Small Business Administration Offers COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses in designated states and territories suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This program will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to the COVID-19 crisis.... Read More

March 26, 2020 – Music Business Association Opens Webinar Recording Catalog to Non-Members

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it is more vital than ever that we lend a helping hand to one another. As more and more folks are transitioning to remote work or are self-quarantining, the Music Business Association is opening up its back catalog of recorded webinars to both members and non-members. It’s a small step to ensuring that the industry at large can stay informed while health and safety procedures are in place,... Read More

March 25, 2020 – Information and Relief Resources for Independent Music Retailers Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

As the global COVID-19 crisis continues to affect the music industry, the Music Business Association encourages everyone to support our colleagues who have been hit particularly hard due to this crisis — the independent retail community.  With consumers seeking music and entertainment during their quarantines, and retailers like Amazon rightfully halting shipments on non-essential items to prioritize medical and household supplies, the indie retail community remains resilient and willing to come to everyone’s aid with online shopping,... Read More

March 23, 2020 – Music Business Association Voices Support for “Save America’s Main Street Act,” Helping Small Businesses and Artists Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced legislation to rescue small businesses from the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The “Save America’s Main Street Act” would provide immediate cash flow through a tax rebate, help businesses maintain payroll through a tax credit, and defer estimated tax payments.   Regarding the impact the legislation would have for the entertainment industry, MusicPortland reports that it, “…would provide immediate cash flow to help small businesses —  including (for the first time) sole proprietorships and freelancers like performing artists,... Read More

March 21, 2020 – Music Industry Legend Kenny Rogers Passes Away at 81; Statement from Music Biz

Music Biz is saddened to hear of the passing of Kenny Rogers. He began his Pop/Rock career in the 1960s, but it was a decade later that he would capture the hearts of Country music fans and play a major role in expanding the audience for Country music across the globe. Rogers received the Association’s Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award in 1986. At this time, he was serving as Co-Chairman of the “Hands Across America” project.... Read More

March 20, 2020 – Music Biz 2020 Postponed Until August 16-19, 2020; Full Statement Available

As concerns for the health and safety for people across the globe have grown, the Music Business Association has continued to monitor the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in conjunction with the JW Marriott Nashville and local governing authorities. The safety of our conference attendees, the greater Nashville area, and the communities from which our attendees hail has always been our paramount concern in making decisions about the future of the event.  After careful consideration and deliberation, the Music Business Association has decided to postpone the Music Biz 2020 Conference until Sunday,... Read More

March 19, 2020 – NEW WEBINAR — Uncovering Breakthrough Artists with Data: Chartmetric’s 6MO Report (H2 2019)

This month, music analytics firm Chartmetric released its second 6MO report, covering July through December 2019. New in this edition — a follow-up to the firm’s first 6MO report — are TikTok Trending tracks, Bandsintown Tracker gains, and a list of artists who received the most “first-time” playlist adds on streaming platforms in H2 2019. In this webinar, you can chat live with 6MO’s editors Jason Joven (Manager, Content & Insights) and Rutger Ansley Rosenborg (Digital Marketing Lead) as they present the issue exclusively for Music Biz members and answer any member questions.... Read More

March 17, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — The Intricacies of Music Licensing for Podcasts with OneHouse’s Jim Griffin

Podcasts are the new norm for many, with more than half of Americans listening to a podcast in the past year and the format’s “share of ear” doubling since 2014, according to Edison Research. Because of this sharp increase in popularity, more and more industries are looking to grow their piece of the revenue pie from the format. There are unique opportunities that the format holds for our industry, as radio-style podcasts benefit from having songs or song clips inserted in episodes,... Read More