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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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December 10, 2019 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Building an Artist’s Foundation: A Look Into Artist Development in 2020 with AGD Entertainment’s Chelsea Cressman

The social media and streaming markets have led to a strong influx of new artists, with the number of new tracks posted to Spotify jumping from 20,000 daily to 40,000 daily in a year’s time. With all that competition, it can be incredibly daunting for a modern artist to connect with new fans and rise above the rest of the noise. We recently spoke with AGD Entertainment’s Executive Director Chelsea Cressman about the company’s offerings for developing artists,... Read More

December 5, 2019 – Music Business Association Taps Kobalt, EMPIRE, mtheory Nashville, Hopeless Records and UnitedMasters for New Board Members

Association Membership Has Expanded To Include 23 Diverse New Member Companies Over Past Three Months December 5, 2019 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announced the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors, with the aim of diversifying the Board to align with the makeup of the Association’s evolving membership. The newly appointed members include: Bob Bruderman, EVP of Global Digital Partnerships at Kobalt Music Group; Ghazi, CEO & Founder of EMPIRE;... Read More

November 26, 2019 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — An Update on the Direct Shot Distribution Crisis Ahead of the Holiday Season

The musical consumption landscape continues to change year-to-year and even month-to-month. For years now, the media has claimed that the rise of digital formats will put an end to physical media as we know it. However, earlier this year, it was revealed that vinyl records and cassettes continue to see widespread appreciation from the music-buying public. Nielsen Music reported that this year’s Record Store Day week saw 827,000 vinyl albums sold in the U.S.... Read More

November 25, 2019 – The Future Of What Episode #170: Direct Shot’s Ambiguous Future

At the beginning of the year, record stores big and small started noticing a difference between what they ordered and what they received in the mail. This became all the more noticeable when stores were shorted important and highly sought after titles for Record Store Day in April. Since then, the problem has only gotten worse according to some, and bands have missed their street dates entirely in the process, costing them countless dollars, but also chart positions,... Listen

November 25, 2019 – Music Biz Class of 2020 Scholarship Applications Are Now Open!

Thanks to the generosity of our industry partners, the Music Business Association Scholarship Foundation is proud to once again offer financial assistance to Music Biz members and their families, as we announce that applications for the Music Biz Class of 2020 are now open! The Foundation has provided over $9 million in financial aid to the future leaders of the music industry since its inception in 1966. To take advantage of this opportunity, the applicant or the applicant’s parent or spouse must be employed by a Music Biz member company.... Read More

November 20, 2019 – [IN THE NEWS] College Magazine Names Music Biz 2020 to Its 10 Can’t Miss Music Conferences

Music Biz 2020 has been featured on College Magazine’s 10 Can’t Miss Music Conferences. You can read the full excerpt from the article below: “Cue 300 educational panels, award ceremonies, Hall of Fame dinners and more at the 2020 Music Biz conference. The name says it all, as Music Biz has become the premier business-focused event in the global industry. Professionals come together to build their networks while making major partnerships in the process. With 2,300 people in attendance in 2019 from 20 different countries,... Read More

November 19, 2019 – Billboard Issues 2019 Digital Power Players List

Billboard has published its annual Digital Power Players list for 2019, recognizing those individuals who have contributed to advancing commerce in today’s data-driven music business. Congratulations to all the individuals named by Billboard, with special recognition for Music Biz Board of Directors members (from left to right) Ryan Redington of Amazon, Perry Bashkoff of Instagram, and Amy Dietz of Ingrooves Music Group! Click here to view the entire list from Billboard, including representation from 27 Music Biz member companies.... Read More

November 18, 2019 – Music Ally Interviews WMG’s Scott Cohen Ahead of NY:LON Connect 2020 Innovation Keynote

Ahead of his opening keynote for the Technology, Innovation & Startups track at NY:LON Connect 2020, Music Ally sat down with WMG’s Chief Innovation Officer for Recorded Music, Scott Cohen. The discussion covers Cohen’s approach to exploring new innovations in the music space, and what’s new in virtual reality and gaming, AI, blockchain and more. You can read the full interview at Music Ally’s website. Hosted by Music Biz and Music Ally,... Read More

November 18, 2019 – The Future Of What Episode #169: New Ideas In The Digital Marketplace

In the past, digital start-ups frequently approached the music industry with tech solutions to problems that didn’t exist for most artists and labels. That paradigm has seemingly shifted in the past few years, and now the solutions being brought forth by tech companies are helping to alleviate certain stresses and strains on the music industry. On this episode, we’re highlighting new tech companies like Ursa Music, Corite, and Pitch who are creating new revenue streams for artists and labels,... Listen

November 12, 2019 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Exploring The Modern Country Music Consumer: Q&A with Country Music Association CMO Damon Whiteside

Even as the modern age of music streaming is unfolding, Country artists still largely rely on album sales and terrestrial radio to reach fans both new and old. This past year, there has been movement on this front with some of today’s hottest young Country artists gaining traction on streaming platforms. Ahead of this year’s CMA Awards show, we sat down with the Country Music Association’s (CMA) Chief Marketing Officer Damon Whiteside to discuss what has changed on the business end of Country music to pave the way for genre streaming stars,... Read More