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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, links to articles where Music Biz execs have been quoted, updates on Music Biz events, and more.

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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

June 8, 2020 – The Future of What Episode #191 – Music Biz LIVE with The MLC

One of the more important pieces of the Music Modernization Act passed in 2018 was the establishment of the Mechanical Licensing Collective. Similar to SoundExchange, the MLC (as it’s commonly referred to) is a third party organization that exists for the purpose of collecting the royalties (mechanical) that are generated from plays on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. In addition to collecting said royalties, the MLC (like SoundExchange) is also responsible for dispersing those royalties to self-publishing artists and publishers alike,... Listen

June 3, 2020 – The Future of What Episode #190 – Music Biz LIVE with Live Music Venues

With states opening up more and more spaces to the public, the question on some minds is “When will live music return, and what will it look like once it does?” Can venues enforce social distancing responsibly? Will half capacity be enough to sustain artists, venues and crew financially? What can venues do now to assure that they will survive long enough to re-open down the road? We get answers to these questions and more from the audio taken from a recent Music Biz LIVE session.... Listen

May 26, 2020 – The Future of What Episode #189 – Music Biz LIVE re: Music Consumption Metrics

While the long term effects of the COVID-19 quarantine on the music business are yet to be known, there are lots of real-time metrics to be analyzed in the interim. With the postponement of Record Store Day, and most record shops being closed to the public, the effect on physical sales during this time should be obvious to most. The less obvious changes to global music consumption are the ones that are happening in the digital space,... Read More