Association News

Below, you’ll find the latest Association press releases, updates on upcoming Music Biz events, links to articles with contributions from the Music Biz team, and more.

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March 1, 2022 – Music Biz President Portia Sabin Named To 2022 Billboard Women In Music List

As Women’s History Month begins today, we’re thrilled to share that Music Biz’s President, Portia Sabin, has been named to Billboard’s Women in Music 2022 List! In some of the most tumultuous years for both our industry and our world, Sabin led Music Biz to: Create a slate of virtual events covering topics of interest to the industry –  from social justice to metadata to mental health and beyond –  while providing opportunities for the community to connect in uncertain times.... Read More

February 16, 2022 – Jimmie Allen To Host Music Biz 2022 Awards Dinner Program

February 16, 2022 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) announces that GRAMMY, ACM & NAACP Image Award nominated, multi-platinum Country recording artist and songwriter, Jimmie Allen will host the organization’s first-ever Bizzy Awards program, taking place Wednesday, May 11 at the JW Marriott Nashville as part of the Music Biz 2022 Conference. Hailed by as one of “5 Black Artists Rewriting Country Music,” Allen has carved an impressive path to stardom in just a few years time.... Read More

February 7, 2022 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Centralizing the Fight Against Music Streaming Fraud: An Interview with Beatdapp’s Andrew Batey & Morgan Hayduk

Music streaming has held a major place in our industry for a number of years, due to the promises of a strong value proposition to users, the democratization of promotion across major label & indie artists alike, and the ready availability of global music from artists who otherwise might not be heard. But like with every seemingly “good” innovation, there are always folks looking to exploit it for nefarious reasons. Streaming fraud is not a relatively new phenomenon,... Read More

February 7, 2022 – Music Business Association To Present Sony Music Entertainment’s Julie Swidler With 2022 Presidential Award

February 7, 2022 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) announces that it will present its 2022 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 first-ever Bizzy Awards program, taking place Wednesday,... Read More

January 20, 2022 – Music Business Association Announces “The Bizzy Awards” for Music Biz 2022

New awards will honor music industryinnovators & advocates for change on Wednesday, May 11 January 20, 2022 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) announces that it has reimagined its annual awards presentation to honor the B2B nature of the organization and its membership. The Bizzy Awards (The Bizzys) will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, during the association’s upcoming Music Biz 2022 conference at the JW Marriott Nashville. An industry-focused revamp of past awards presentations,... Read More

January 18, 2022 – SoundExchange and Music Business Association Present A Four-Part Event Series On The Future Of Monetization In The Music Industry

**Updated 5-18-22: Session #2 in the series, “Monetizing Music Streaming in Apps & Emerging Tech,” has been announced for Wednesday, June 8 — click here to learn more + register.** WASHINGTON – January 18, 2022 – SoundExchange, in partnership with the Music Business Association (Music Biz), announces a four-part virtual event series centered on the evolving impact of technology on the music industry. Over the course of the year, these events will gather subject matter experts,... Read More

January 12, 2022 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — A Preview of NY:LON Connect 2022 with Music Biz’s Portia Sabin and Music Ally’s Paul Brindley

In a typical year, planning a forward-looking industry event like the NY:LON Connect global music business summit can prove challenging. How do you determine what the most prescient topics will be at the start of the year for an industry that changes as rapidly as ours does? Going into 2022, the music business saw the rapid maturation of new technologies like NFTs and high-tech in-car audio systems that are poised to open new sources of income for artists,... Read More

January 6, 2022 – Sony Music Publishing Chairman & CEO Jon Platt To Keynote Music Biz 2022

Conversation will cover the music publishing space, and how Platt has influenced its evolution throughout his career January 6, 2022 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has confirmed that Sony Music Publishing (SMP) Chairman & CEO, Jon Platt will participate in a keynote conversation during the organization’s upcoming Music Biz 2022 conference, to be held May 9 – 12, 2022 at the JW Marriott Nashville. All of Music Biz 2022’s keynotes will appear under the Music Biz LIVE banner,... Read More

December 9, 2021 – BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch To Keynote NY:LON Connect 2022

Industry innovator joins program of 30+ experts speakingon where the global music business goes in 2022 December 9, 2021 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and Music Ally today confirm that Hartwig Masuch, CEO of international music company BMG, will deliver the keynote interview for the duo’s upcoming NY:LON Connect 2022 global music business summit on Thursday, January 20th, 2022 at 12:05 pm ET. A music industry “lifer,” Masuch has spent the past 13 years reinventing what it means to be a music company in the streaming age.... Read More

November 17, 2021 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — The “Human Side” of Music Data Processing & Rights Administration: Working at The MLC with Leigh McCorkle, Chief People Officer

The passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) in 2018 led to the formation of what is becoming an important fixture in the modern industry: The Mechanical Licensing Collective. The organization has been tasked with collecting, tracking and paying royalties to the rightful creators & copyright owners, and administering blanket licenses for U.S. streaming & download platforms. At the heart of this highly technical data collection and payment processing is a team dedicated to ensuring that artists are fairly compensated,... Read More