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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

October 26, 2021 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Music Discovery Outside of Streaming Services: An Interview with Linkfire’s Carlo Biagioni

With the rise of streaming and fast adoption among consumers, the demand for new music is greater than ever before. Every second a new song is uploaded to a streaming service, and millions of dollars are spent on helping fans discover new songs and artists. Discovery happens not only on the streaming platforms, but also across social networks, websites, blogs, and apps—basically wherever fans engage around music. In this chat with Carlo Biagioni, Head of Channel Partnerships for Linkfire,... Read More

June 16, 2021 – Music Business Association Welcomes Fisk University As First HBCU Academic Partner

Fisk to receive educational resources as part of partnership,as Music Biz builds on its commitment to diversify the music industry June 16, 2021 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is proud to announce the addition of Nashville, TN-based Fisk University to its Academic Partnership program — the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to join the Association. First opened in 1866, Fisk is the oldest higher education institution in Nashville, and is ranked #6 among historically Black universities according to U.S.... Read More

June 7, 2021 – Music Biz President Portia Sabin Named to Leadership Music Class of 2022

Music Biz President Portia Sabin has been named as one of the 46 music industry leaders comprising the 32nd Leadership Music class. Based in Nashville, this nationwide program establishes a forum for industry leaders to discuss the issues affecting the modern music business from the vantage point of each professional’s industry subset. “To be able to announce that we have selected the Class of 2022 after having to, for the first time in our history, defer the Class of 2021 is a huge cause for celebration,” said Leadership Music President and Selection Co-Chair,... Read More

June 1, 2021 – Music Biz and Reeperbahn Festival Host Exclusive Event to Connect International Music Community

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and Reeperbahn Festival International joined forces May 10 – 12 to host an exclusive, custom virtual conference designed to foster connections for professionals around the global music industry. Through this partnership, Reeperbahn curated a delegation of executives from the U.K., Germany, Italy, France, Estonia, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway to engage with a curated group of Music Biz’s member companies with a global presence. Reeperbahn Festival International is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.... Read More

May 17, 2021 – In The News: Music Biz And Reeperbahn Join Forces To Amplify Nashville’s Diverse Music Business

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and Germany’s Reeperbahn Festival International came together May 10 – 12 for an exclusive virtual conference focusing specifically on Nashville and its relationship with the global music industry. Through this partnership, Reeperbahn curated a delegation of executives from the U.K., Germany, Italy, France, Estonia, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway to engage with a curated group of Music Biz’s member companies. Reeperbahn Festival International is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.... Read More

May 12, 2021 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] Reflecting on the State of Mental Health in the Music Industry: Q&A with Godsmack’s Sully Erna & The Scars Foundation

The conversation behind openly discussing mental health & wellness is rapidly changing, as we collaborate on solutions for problems we all deal with instead of letting them fester unaddressed in the shadows. The Scars Foundation is one such voice that works to support those struggling with underlying issues of depression, addiction, bullying, abuse, disabilities and beyond through funding and education. We sat down with Godsmack’s Sully Erna, founder of the Scars Foundation, and Naomi Fabricant, the Foundation’s Executive Director,... Read More

April 22, 2021 – Exclusive Free Event For Our Members: Music Biz Meets Reeperbahn Festival

Learn From and Meet With Executives From All Around The Globe! Music Biz has once again partnered with Reeperbahn Festival International to host a curated set of programs and panels available just for our membership. On May 10 from 10 – 12pm CT, join us for a program set to explore the connections between the U.S. and European music markets – their strategies, similarities, differences, and what the territories can learn from one another.... Read More