Association News

Below, you’ll find the latest Association press releases, updates on upcoming Music Biz events, links to articles with contributions from the Music Biz team, and more.

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December 1, 2014 – Tony-Winning Frozen Star Idina Menzel Lends Voice to Give the Gift of Music, Launching 2014 Holiday Campaign & Contest

Grand prize winner will receive tickets to Menzel’s upcoming World Tour, a signed copy of her Holiday Wishes album and more December 1, 2014 — Kicking off its 2014 Holiday Campaign & Contest, Give the Gift of Music (GTGOM), a joint industry initiative between the Music Business Association (Music Biz) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), today debuted a brand new video from Tony Award-winning singer/actress Idina Menzel, whose seasonal album Holiday Wishes was released on October 14 through Warner Bros.... Read More

November 13, 2014 – Waterloo’s John Kunz to Receive Independent Spirit Award at Music Biz 2015

November 13, 2014 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will present its prestigious Independent Spirit Award to John T. Kunz, Owner and President of Austin’s iconic independent record store Waterloo Records & Video Inc. and an over 40-year music industry veteran, on May 13 at the main Business Session of Music Biz 2015, which will be held at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville. The Independent Spirit Award was established in 2009 to recognize significant contributions to the independent music community that embody the spirit of new thinking,... Read More

September 10, 2014 – Florida Georgia Line Lends Voice to Give the Gift of Music

Reigning CMA ‘Vocal Duo of the Year’ Florida Georgia Line Lends Its Voice to the Give the Gift of Music Campaign, Launching 4th Annual ‘Countdown to the CMA Awards’ Contest Winner Will Receive Two Tickets to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” and $1,000 MARLTON, N.J./WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 10, 2014: Kicking off the fourth annual “Countdown to the CMA Awards” contest as part of their industry-wide Give the Gift of Music (GTGOM) campaign, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today debuted a brand new video from 2014 CMA ‘Vocal Duo of the Year’ nominee Florida Georgia Line.... Read More

September 8, 2014 – James Donio Join Monmouth University as Adjunct Professor

September 8, 2014 – Music Business Association (Music Biz) President James Donio has joined Monmouth University as an adjunct professor, where he will teach the “Applied Music Industry I: Introduction to the Music Business Ecosystem” course during the Fall 2014 semester. Drawing upon his more than 25 years of experience in the music business, Donio will provide students with an overview of the industry, highlight its diverse and evolving segments, and show how all facets of the business function. ... Read More

August 14, 2014 – Music Biz Unveils Updated Music Metadata Style Guide

August 14, 2014 – After taking the lead in the important conversation surrounding music metadata, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) has introduced version 2.0 of its touchstone Music Metadata Style Guide, which provides a set of common naming conventions and data entry standards for companies to use when listing, ingesting, and managing digital music. By following these standards, artists, labels, and digital services can ensure that customers will be able to easily find, stream, share,... Read More

August 6, 2014 – Music Biz Decodes Music Royalties In New Infographic

August 6, 2014 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today released its latest infographic, “Music Royalties USA Quick Start Guide,” which gives songwriters and performing musicians a simple way to understand the complex framework they must navigate to receive proper payment for their work. The document illustrates how royalties are handled for songwriters, publishers, and performers in various media, such as Physical Products and Download Sales, Radio & TV, Satellite & Cable Radio, Non-Interactive Streaming Radio,... Read More

August 4, 2014 – YouTube’s Fred Beteille Elected Chairman Of Music Biz Board of Directors

Fred Beteille, Product Manager at YouTube, has been elected Chairman of the Music Biz Board of Directors. He replaces outgoing Chairman Rachelle Friedman of J&R Music & Computer World, who retired from the Board during the Music Biz 2014 conference after serving an unprecedented seven terms. “Fred has been a tremendous asset to the Music Biz Board, and we’re thrilled to have him as our Chairman,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “Fred is a key player in the digital music marketplace with a keen understanding of the technological,... Read More

May 8, 2014 – New Music Biz Infographic Simplifies Global Music Licensing With Country-Specific Guide

May 8, 2014 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly NARM and, is giving artists, publishers, record labels, and anyone else interested in music licensing a powerful new resource with its “Global Music Licensing Quick Start Guide” infographic, released today during the Music Biz 2014 convention. Produced by Music Biz’s Business Development Workgroup, the document provides an overview of how licensing agencies in 12 different countries handle Master, Mechanical Rights, and Public Performance/Communication Rights for the six most frequently requested types of music uses: download,... Read More

May 7, 2014 – Music Biz Board of Directors Announced; Rachelle Friedman Steps Down as Chairman

May 7, 2014 – After an unprecedented seven terms as Chairman of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly known as NARM and, Rachelle Friedman, Co-Founder and President of J&R Music & Computer World, has stepped down from the association’s Board of Directors.  “I’m sad to leave the Music Biz Board but happy to see the organization in such a good place as I retire,” said Friedman. “Each and every year, we were able to nurture the next generation of music industry movers and shakers with our Scholarship Foundation,... Read More

May 7, 2014 – Music Biz 2015 To Be Held in Nashville May 12-14

May 7, 2014 – After four years in Los Angeles, the Music Business Association’s (Music Biz) annual convention is moving to Nashville – the first time in the organization’s 50+ year history that “Music City USA” has hosted this event. Music Biz 2015, the music industry’s premier conference, will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Nashville from May 12-14. Music Biz President James Donio made the announcement in his speech today at the Opening Breakfast of Music Biz 2014 event. ... Read More