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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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September 17, 2020 – Final 2020 Law Conference Panels and Speakers Confirmed; Register Today!

Music Biz is proud to present our first-ever virtual Law Conference event, taking place Thursday, Sept. 24 — Friday, Sept. 25 and supported by Mandell Menkes LLC. In this installment of our yearly review of all legal matters pressing in the music industry, our expert panelists will discuss the legalities of performing licensed music on livestreams, establishing publishing deals for songwriters and producers, the efficacy of the CASE Act and its small claims court, the future of a divested TikTok U.S.... Read More

September 2, 2020 – WEBINAR: Producing, Performing, and Potential Big Pay Days in a Changed World

2020 has screamed in our ear to adapt, overcome, evolve, and to not look back. In our first Fall 2020 webinar — hosted by Guiding Star Global — will showcase innovative, powerful new tools for worldwide music collaboration, creation, performance and distribution that have evolved in the midst of chaos. The session will present details of a revolutionary, industry-changing leap forward in the realm of performance production and presentation with the potential to not only save the year for those willing to make bold moves,... Read More

August 25, 2020 – Music Biz To Close Tuesday, Nov. 3 in Observance of Election Day

The Music Biz team will be out of the office on Tuesday, November 3 in observance of Election Day, and we applaud our industry peers who have also made the day a paid holiday. We encourage others to do the same, as the push to recognize Election Day as a U.S. federal holiday gains traction so that all Americans can exercise their right to vote without restrictions. In addition, Music Biz will incorporate HeadCount registration into our Eventbrite pages for future online events to make it easier for members of our community to register to vote.... Read More

August 20, 2020 – Music Biz Members: YOU’RE INVITED — Music Biz Meets Reeperbahn Festival Next Week

Music Biz members: We invite you to participate in an exclusive event next week co-hosted by Music Biz and our friends at Reeperbahn Festival International. This year, Reeperbahn Festival International is launching into a new era of transcultural cooperation between artists and the music industry, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it! This live hybrid event — set for August 27 and 28 — will include innovative versions of familiar Reeperbahn Festival International formats and topics (panels,... Read More

August 4, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Approaching Product Development From a Creator Lens with Jacob Fowler of The Orchard

The music industry has seen a number of dramatic shifts in the past two decades, with each year seemingly introducing a handful of new ways to share songs, track who is listening to them, and interact with music fans. Despite these rapid changes, The Orchard has never wavered from their initial promise posed more than 20 years ago: allow members of the creative community to release music on their own terms, all the while innovating their core product offerings so they may best serve their partners.... Read More

July 28, 2020 – Music Business Association Signs On to Support the “Save Our Stages Act”

The Music Business Association has signed on to support the passage of the “Save Our Stages Act,” which if passed would provide Small Business Administration grants for independent venues, promoters, and festivals affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. These grants offer at least six months of financial support to keep venues afloat, pay employees, and preserve a critical economic sector and our ecosystem for communities across America. “Our members told us months ago that if the shutdown lasted six months or longer and there wasn’t federal relief to hold them over,... Read More

July 2, 2020 – Music Biz President Portia Sabin Featured on UCLA Innovating Music Podcast

On this week’s Innovating Music podcast,  Music Business Association President Portia Sabin talks about the ways the music business is connected as a community, as well her journey through the music industry from performing as an artist to running a record label. The episode also looks at other aspects of the music business and how they have been affected in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by Dr. Gigi Johnson from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music,... Read More

June 16, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Managing Content Discovery During the Podcast Explosion with Gracenote

The Podcast renaissance is in full swing, with many fan favorite celebrities and hosts taking the helm of their own shows and even some interesting projects debuting from within the music industry as a way to cross-promote new music. The result of the format’s increased popularity is a boom in content that is daunting to sort through, to say the least. In our latest Keeping Tempo interview, we sat down with Greg Gentschev, Gracenote’s SVP of Product Management for Music &... Read More

June 15, 2020 – Billboard Releases 2020 Indie Power Players List

Billboard this week has published its 2020 Indie Power Players list, recognizing those executives  from the indie community who have helped the business segment rise above the challenges its artists and labels have faced in the past year. Congratulations to all those Music Biz members and past Conference speakers featured on this edition of the Indie Power Player list, with special recognition for Music Biz board members Ghazi of Empire and Glenn Dicker of Redeye. Click here to read the full list.... Read More

July 7, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Staying Safe, Sane and Productive: A Conversation with Symphonic Distribution’s Jorge Brea

Established as a forward-thinking distribution company, Symphonic has in many ways helped give a sneak peak into a future music industry guided by an “artist-first” strategy that bolsters everything from personal brand to release schedules. This tendency to look and plan ahead for the challenges of tomorrow has helped the company respond to the challenges that 2020 have presented our entire industry with in a major way. In this Keeping Tempo interview, we discuss with Symphonic Distribution CEO Jorge Brea how the company has managed to stay productive in the time of COVID-19,... Read More