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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

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