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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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March 13, 2020 – The Future of What Episode #182 : Educating The Next Generation of Music Business Professionals

While many people start their career in the music business by forming a band or record label, and learning the industry’s norms and quirks largely through trial and error, others choose to enroll in various university programs to learn about the industry. This week we’re exploring what those university programs look like for both undergraduate and graduate students, and what the key takeaways from those programs are. Join us as we speak with Serona Elton (University of Miami),... Listen

March 11, 2020 – Music Business Association to Present Sony Music’s Julie Swidler With 2020 Presidential Award

March 11, 2020 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announced that it will present its 2020 Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement to Julie Swidler, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Sony Music Entertainment, in recognition of her accomplished industry leadership and many contributions to the success of the music business over the course of her career. Swidler will receive her award during the annual Music Biz Awards Dinner, taking place Wednesday,... Read More

March 10, 2020 – MUSIC BIZ ATTENDEE ALL-ACCESS — How the Music Biz Conference Opens Doors for the Industry’s Future Leaders

As part of our Attendee All-Access interview series, Music Biz caught up with Gabriella Andrean, who recently began her career in the music industry with RCA Records thanks to an interview held during last year’s Annual Music Biz Conference. Read on to learn about her path from student volunteer to industry professional, what resources and opportunities our event offers music industry students, and her tips for first-time student attendees! Can you tell us about your first Music Biz Conference?... Read More

March 9, 2020 – The Future of What Episode #181 – Consolidating Credits In The Cloud

Music production has become increasingly fragmented thanks to the advent of affordable studio technology and high speed internet connections, which comes with both benefits and drawbacks. The main benefit is that band members and songwriting teams can now collaborate from anywhere in the world at any time of day, and they can arrange for special guest features with little more than a simple email exchange. The drawback to this evolution is that proper attribution for these collaborations are often messy,... Listen

March 4, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Straight from the Source: A Discussion of D2C Storefronts

Despite the flurry of consumer activity around music streaming, a large number of dedicated music fans still crave and purchase physical music products as a tangible representation of their dedication to their favorite artists. However, the production and shipping spend involved with a widespread physical release does not make financial sense for all artists, particularly those in the independent scene. In this Keeping Tempo op-ed, Single Music Artist Relations Lead Joe Pillatsch discusses how direct-to-consumer (D2C) solutions help artists share their art in any and all formats of their choosing,... Read More

March 3, 2020 – Merlin CEO Jeremy Sirota to Give First Public Interview for Music Biz 2020 Global Business Community Program

March 3, 2020 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announces that Merlin CEO Jeremy Sirota will give his first public interview since joining the company in January during Music Biz 2020 at the JW Marriott Nashville. The interview, conducted by Music Biz President Portia Sabin, will take place Tuesday, May 12 at 1:30 pm. Sirota’s interview will commence Music Biz’s Global Business Community program — a series that explores the rising international markets set to make the greatest impact in the near future,... Read More

March 3, 2020 – Music Business Association Issues Statement Regarding Tornado in Nashville, Middle Tennessee

The Music Business Association has issued the following statement in the wake of the tornado which made landfall in Nashville and Middle Tennessee early this morning: “Our hearts go out to the victims who lost their loved ones and homes in the wake of last night’s devastating tornado in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The loss of life is tragic regardless of the situation, and as a central hub in the global music business, what affects Music City affects us all.... Read More

February 28, 2020 – The Future of What Episode #180: Indie Label Spotlight — Ninja Tune

Matt Black and Jonathan Fine first joined forces in the late 1980’s, after a chance encounter at a local record shop. Now, some thirty-odd years later, the two are still working together in multiple capacities, and show no signs of stopping. They’ve released multiple albums as the electronic duo Coldcut, and helped produce several others, in addition to founding the highly regarded UK electronic label Ninja Tune, which is now in its thirtieth year of existence.... Listen

February 25, 2020 – MUSIC BIZ ATTENDEE ALL-ACCESS — How Industry-Focused Events Support the Evolving Music Publishing Space

In this Attendee All-Access interview, we asked Big Yellow Dog co-owner Kerry O’Neil and label services manager Kara Tusch about the rapidly changing music publishing space, how the company has incorporated label services into their offerings, and how industry events like the Music Biz Conference are supporting the rise of “full stack” music companies like BYD.   Big Yellow Dog Music began as a Nashville-based independent publishing house. With the industry rapidly changing since you opened your doors 20 years ago,... Read More

February 24, 2020 – Kobalt’s Willard Ahdritz to Receive Music Business Association’s 2020 Innovator Award

February 24, 2020 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announces that Kobalt Music Group Founder and Chairman Willard Ahdritz will receive the organization’s 2020 Innovator Award during the annual Music Biz Awards Dinner, taking place Wednesday, May 13 at the JW Marriott Nashville as part of the Music Biz 2020 Conference. Observing how technology rapidly transformed industries in the late 1990s, Ahdritz saw an opportunity in music and wanted to take the music industry into the digital age.... Read More