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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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August 8, 2019 – Music Business Association Announces Leadership Transition With Dr. Portia Sabin To Lead Trade Group

Current President James Donio To Remain in Advisory Role The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced that longtime President James Donio will be succeeded in this role by Dr. Portia Sabin, who will assume day-to-day operations of the Association beginning September 3. Donio will remain in an advisory role. “We are extremely grateful to Jim for his more than three decades of commitment, leadership and vision,” said Music Biz Board Chairman Matt Signore. “He has passionately guided the organization through any number of seismic industry changes and challenges during his tenure: the shift from a singular focus on the physical business to a broader identity embracing all forms of music consumption;... Read More

August 7, 2019 – [Register Today] — Music Biz’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Returns to NYC Sept. 26!

Join Music Biz at the NY offices of Greenberg Traurig for our Fall Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, taking place Thursday, September 26! This exclusive, limited-seating forum helps attendees navigate today’s most pressing issues through top-in-class presentations delivered by industry influencers and advocates from the entertainment law community. Preliminary Sessions at this Fall’s event will include: Charting The Future For the Stem Marketplace (Pod)Cast Away Navigating the Dimensions of Metadata Plus, a panel organized by AIMP and a conversation on cybersecurity/data privacy led by Barry Perlman of Ritholz Levy Fields.... Read More

August 1, 2019 – Music Biz Announces Fall 2019 Common Ground Webinar Schedule

Music Biz is excited to announce the Fall 2019 schedule for our Common Ground Webinar Series! The only constant in today’s music business is change — that is why it is our mission to keep our members up-to-date on the latest developments across all facets of the industry. With sessions covering a cross-section of industry hot topics including new standards for music metadata, live music fan engagement, songwriting trend analysis, new digital marketing tools, and more,... Read More

August 1, 2019 – Music Biz Hall of Fame Inductee Hitsville U.S.A. to Be Featured in New Showtime Documentary

Showtime has announced a new documentary focused on the legendary Hitsville U.S.A., the birthplace of Motown Records in Detroit, which premieres Saturday, August 24th. Hitsville: The Making of Motown is the first documentary to include participation from legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, and will dive into the label’s impact on popular music from its founding in 1958 until its move to Los Angeles in the 1970s. The original Hitsville U.S.A. space is now home to the Motown Museum,... Read More

July 29, 2019 – Lil Nas X Breaks Record for Consecutive Weeks Atop the Billboard Hot 100 Chart — Statement from Music Biz President James Donio

Music Biz President James Donio has released the following statement regarding Lil Nas X’s unprecedented 17-week streak atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart: “Since it began its dominance on the Billboard Hot 100 some 17 weeks ago, I’ve had trouble meeting anyone, young or old, who hasn’t had even part of “Old Town Road” stuck in their head. Congratulations to Columbia artist Lil Nas X, who is now irrevocably part of the zeitgeist. His genre-bending, Triple-Platinum smash single has just broken the all-time record for consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 chart.... Read More

July 15, 2019 – [MEMBER DISCOUNT] — Making Vinyl Los Angeles, October 14-15

Making Vinyl comes to Los Angeles October 14-15 at the W Hotel Hollywood! New to the 2019 edition of this must-attend event for the physical media industry are programs focused on the 80th anniversary of Blue Note Records, how indie artists can make money from vinyl, best practices for the vinyl industry taken from other business segments, and many more. In partnership with Music Biz, Making Vinyl is offering a $50 discount on registration rates for Music Biz members!... Read More

July 10, 2019 – Save the Date — NY:LON Connect Returns to the Big Apple January 16 – 17, 2020!

NY:LON Connect 2020, the first global music business summit of the calendar year, is set to return Thursday, January 16 — Friday, January 17 at the Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City!  The event, powered by Music Biz and Music Ally, is strategically planned at the beginning of the year to unite the global music business community and set a common agenda for the new year. As in years past, the NY:LON Connect summit will feature a slate of marquee speakers delivering presentations on the topics that matter most,... Read More


Each year, AMERICANAFEST® brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, and industry professionals for six days of music and education. The 20th annual event will take place September 10-15, 2019, gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. Music Biz is proud to partner with AMERICANAFEST to offer our members tickets at the current registration rate if they register before August 18th. Members can log into the Member Discounts section of our website to access the discount code and for instructions on how to use it.... Read More

June 12, 2019 – Tune In TONIGHT at 8 PM ET — Music Biz 101 & More Radio Show, featuring Music Biz President James Donio

During our Annual Conference last month, Music Biz President James Donio was interviewed for the Music Biz 101 & More radio show by William Paterson University professor David Philp and co-host Ali Medico, a student from Full Sail University. The interview will air at 8 pm ET tonight on WP88.7 FM Brave New Radio, William Paterson’s college radio station. Tonight’s airing can be accessed by clicking here. It will also be posted in a Podcast format on the Music Biz 101 &... Read More

May 22, 2019 – [MEMBER DISCOUNT] — AIMP Indie Music Publishing Summit

The AIMP Indie Music Publishing Summit, the third annual event by the Association of Independent Music Publishers, brings together the indie publishing and songwriter communities for a day of educational panels and networking. This year’s AIMP Summit takes place June 11 at the 3 West Club in New York. Keynotes speakers at this year’s edition include Diane Warren, a GRAMMY, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award winning songwriter, 10-time Oscar nominee, and member of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame;... Read More