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Below, you’ll find the latest Association press releases, updates on our upcoming events, introductions to our newest member companies, links to the latest content from Music Biz and our partners, and more.

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September 6, 2023 – The Future of What Episode #214 — Music Fights Fraud: A Discussion on Streaming Fraud with CD Baby’s Christine Barnum

Recent months have shown an uptick in the frequency and variety of fraudulent music streaming practices, allowing bad actors to collect undue revenue by criminally inflating the number of streams for tracks they upload to DSPs. In the first of two episodes this Fall covering music streaming fraud, we talk to CD Baby’s Chief Revenue Officer, Christine Barnum about the history of fraudulent behavior since the start of digital music sales, CD Baby’s participation in the Music Fights Fraud initiative,... Listen

August 23, 2023 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Tackling the Challenges Presented by Generative AI in Music: An Interview with ARS Counsel’s Almuhtada Smith

As with the advent of most new technologies, the arrival of Generative AI tools poses unprecedented opportunities and challenges for the music industry ecosystem. While some artists are already using these tools as an additive element to their creative process, bad actors have found ways to exploit them by posting fake tracks modeled after, and attributed to, today’s most popular artists to DSPs for monetary gain. Moreover, there are serious ethical concerns over exploitation of culture and perpetuating stereotypes due to the nature of AI models being based on existing art.... Read More

August 8, 2023 – The Future of What Episode #213 — Building Community In Music With Web3: Interview With Revelator’s Bruno Guez

Originally hailing from the record label side of the business, Bruno Guez founded Revelator 10 years ago to help jumpstart an evolution in digital payments to help meet the needs of the increasingly digital music industry. Fast-forward to today, and Web3 asset distribution & sales may have a similarly transformative effect on the global music business. In this month’s interview, we spoke with Guez about how Web3 will help artists & rightsholders monetize new forms of interactive content and build connections between artists and their fans with direct compensation models!... Listen

July 18, 2023 – The Future of What Episode #212 — 2023 Music Biz Presidential Award Winner, Gina Miller (MNRK Music Group)

The Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement is one of the Music Business Association’s highest and longest-standing honors, presented to individuals or organizations who have contributed greatly to the overall success of the music industry. In our latest podcast interview, Gina Miller of MNRK Music Group — our 2023 Presidential Award winner — discusses her life journey from piano student to accomplished music industry executive, approaching her music industry career as a fan first, her advocacy work across Nashville Music Equality and other outlets,... Listen

June 21, 2023 – The Future of What Episode #211 — Generative AI and the Music Industry: Interview with Danielle Aguirre of the NMPA

AI and machine-learning technologies have been utilized in various capacities in the music industry for decades now. However, the rise of Generative AI — which uses existing human-created art within its algorithms to generate content — presents new legal challenges over who is compensated when the tech is used. This month, we spoke to the NMPA’s Danielle Aguirre about the current legal issues regarding copyright for AI-generated content like music, and what organizations like the NMPA are doing to support songwriters.... Listen

June 6, 2023 – The Future of What Episode #210 — Music Industry Mental Health: A Conversation With Amber Health’s Dr. Chayim Newman

At the outset, Amber Health was founded to analyze the mental health needs of artists & touring professionals and develop resources to support them navigate their incredibly taxing line of work. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, its mission and scope expanded to create boots-on-the-ground support for the mental health needs of all music industry professionals. In this interview, we speak with Amber Health co-founder, Dr. Chayim Newman about the organization’s mission and evolution over time, and what it’s doing to support executives and artists alike.... Listen

May 31, 2023 – NEW MEMBER ROUNDUP: May 2023

The Music Biz member community is home to more than 400 global companies, all working to collaborate to support the financial growth of our industry at large and create a more equitable, inclusive place to work! See below for a list of companies who have join our Association in the last month: Hitskope Music GroupLocation: Los Angeles, CAYears In Business: 5Website: Hitskope Music Group is an LA-based music company composed of four divisions: a record label in partnership with Sony Music,... Read More

May 23, 2023 – The Future of What Episode #209 — ClicknClear & Performance Sports Music Licensing

The performance sports space offers an exciting new revenue opportunity for artists whose tracks are properly licensed for use in gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and beyond. This month we talk with Chantal Epp, the founder and CEO of ClicknClear, a tech-based solution for athletes and program directors to access pre-cleared licensed music that ensures artists are paid for the use of their songs!... Listen

May 17, 2023 – Music Business Association Names 2023 Bizzy Award Winners

Winners in all nine categories were crowned during the Music Biz 2023 Awards Dinner on May 17 May 17, 2023 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) announced the winners of this year’s Bizzy Awards during this evening’s second annual Bizzy Awards Dinner, hosted by Noelle Scaggs (Fitz and the Tantrums, Elektra solo recording artist, Diversify the Stage) and Nashville drag queen Tracey Ottomey at the JW Marriott Nashville during the Music Biz 2023 conference and sponsored by The LSS Group at RBC Wealth Management.... Read More

May 9, 2023 – The Future Of What Episode #208 — 2023 Leading Light Nominees Pt. II (The Orchard, A to Z Media, WMG)

2022 marked the first edition of Music Biz’s Bizzy Awards program, a crowd-nominated series of honors recognizing music industry individuals and companies who strive to advance commerce in our industry and make it a better place to work. This ceremony marked the debut of the Leading Light Award, which is given to a company or executive that has supported their staff via internal initiatives aimed at improving mental health, wellbeing and work/life balance. In our second episode covering the 2023 Leading Light Award,... Listen