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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 25, 2020 – Information and Relief Resources for Independent Music Retailers Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

As the global COVID-19 crisis continues to affect the music industry, the Music Business Association encourages everyone to support our colleagues who have been hit particularly hard due to this crisis — the independent retail community.  With consumers seeking music and entertainment during their quarantines, and retailers like Amazon rightfully halting shipments on non-essential items to prioritize medical and household supplies, the indie retail community remains resilient and willing to come to everyone’s aid with online shopping,... Read More

March 23, 2020 – Music Business Association Voices Support for “Save America’s Main Street Act,” Helping Small Businesses and Artists Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced legislation to rescue small businesses from the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The “Save America’s Main Street Act” would provide immediate cash flow through a tax rebate, help businesses maintain payroll through a tax credit, and defer estimated tax payments.   Regarding the impact the legislation would have for the entertainment industry, MusicPortland reports that it, “…would provide immediate cash flow to help small businesses —  including (for the first time) sole proprietorships and freelancers like performing artists,... Read More

March 21, 2020 – Music Industry Legend Kenny Rogers Passes Away at 81; Statement from Music Biz

Music Biz is saddened to hear of the passing of Kenny Rogers. He began his Pop/Rock career in the 1960s, but it was a decade later that he would capture the hearts of Country music fans and play a major role in expanding the audience for Country music across the globe. Rogers received the Association’s Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award in 1986. At this time, he was serving as Co-Chairman of the “Hands Across America” project.... Read More

March 20, 2020 – Music Biz 2020 Postponed Until August 16-19, 2020; Full Statement Available

As concerns for the health and safety for people across the globe have grown, the Music Business Association has continued to monitor the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in conjunction with the JW Marriott Nashville and local governing authorities. The safety of our conference attendees, the greater Nashville area, and the communities from which our attendees hail has always been our paramount concern in making decisions about the future of the event.  After careful consideration and deliberation, the Music Business Association has decided to postpone the Music Biz 2020 Conference until Sunday,... Read More

March 19, 2020 – NEW WEBINAR — Uncovering Breakthrough Artists with Data: Chartmetric’s 6MO Report (H2 2019)

This month, music analytics firm Chartmetric released its second 6MO report, covering July through December 2019. New in this edition — a follow-up to the firm’s first 6MO report — are TikTok Trending tracks, Bandsintown Tracker gains, and a list of artists who received the most “first-time” playlist adds on streaming platforms in H2 2019. In this webinar, you can chat live with 6MO’s editors Jason Joven (Manager, Content & Insights) and Rutger Ansley Rosenborg (Digital Marketing Lead) as they present the issue exclusively for Music Biz members and answer any member questions.... Read More

March 17, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — The Intricacies of Music Licensing for Podcasts with OneHouse’s Jim Griffin

Podcasts are the new norm for many, with more than half of Americans listening to a podcast in the past year and the format’s “share of ear” doubling since 2014, according to Edison Research. Because of this sharp increase in popularity, more and more industries are looking to grow their piece of the revenue pie from the format. There are unique opportunities that the format holds for our industry, as radio-style podcasts benefit from having songs or song clips inserted in episodes,... Read More

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