Association Updates

Music Biz is an essential online destination for members to stay up to date on Association happenings and gather the latest industry statistics. Below you can view our New Member Profiles, link to articles where Music Biz execs have been quoted, get updates on Music Biz events, and more.

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June 21, 2017 – New Member Profile Feature: Painted Axe

Painted Axe specializes in branded, custom painted guitars for special events, festivals and musicians seeking additional avenues for personal expression or utilize as fundraisers (raffles, silent auctions, crowd funding). Website: Location: Jacksonville, FL Number of Employees: 2 Number of Years in Business: 15 Primary Contact: Michael Gauf, Owner & Artisan, Primary Service or Product: Branded, custom painted guitars, including electric, acoustic, resonator and bass Most Recent Innovations and News Items: An exhibition of custom painted guitars by Painted Axe will be on view January 2018 –... Read More

June 8, 2017 – Music Biz 2017 Recap: Photos, Videos, Slides, Media & More

Music Biz 2017 was our largest convention since 2001 … the biggest in 16 years! The event drew over 2,000 attendees from 750 unique companies, organizations, and academic institutions, plus related professionals, from virtually every facet of the business. More than 400 individuals were at the event for the very first time! Reviews thus far have been extremely positive with 2017 being our highest rated event ever! Photo, videos, slides, media recaps and more can be found here.... Read More

May 31, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Country Without Borders: Global Concert Bookings for Previously Wary Genre Jump 55 Percent

The country music industry has touted through the years that the genre is moving beyond American borders, but new data lends credibility to claims that country’s foreign growth is currently through the roof. The number of country concerts booked during the 2016-17 concert season grew 55 percent over the previous year, and that year saw a spike of 88 percent over 2014-15, Country Music Association chief marketing officer Damon Whiteside said during a series of globally-focused country panels May 17 at the Music Biz conference in Nashville.... Read More

May 30, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Music Biz Concludes Successful Third Year With Record Attendance

The Music Business Association held its annual convention May 15-18, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville for the third consecutive year. Founded 60 years ago, The Music Business Association is a membership that promotes and advances music thru business commerce. It aims to offer invaluable information thru leadership, resources, and networking. Music Biz combines over 2000 attendees from 750 schools, companies, and organizations, some from as far away as Europe and Australia. With 100 sessions to choose from and over 250 speakers,... Read More

May 24, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Reba McEntire On Her Decades In The Business And Why She Keeps Making Music

Last week at the 2017 Music Biz conference in Nashville, country music legend Reba McEntire was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, which celebrates both her as an artist and her decades in the music business. Throughout her years as a singer and songwriter, McEntire has racked up 17 top 40 albums on the Billboard 200 and an almost-unbelievable 92 top 40 singles on the country-specific chart. She has sold millions, toured the world,... Read More

May 23, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Spotify’s Troy Carter calls for the industry to fix ‘broken’ value chain

Asked by Music Week during his keynote Q&A at the Music Biz Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on May 17, if he thought that the current split of royalties between the various rights owners whose songs were streamed was fair, the former manager of Lady Gaga offered a resounding, No! But, without being specific, he also immediately added: “The value chain is broken and we need to reconfigure it.” Click here to read more in Music Week.... Read More

May 23, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Inside the Music Biz 2017 Conference

Metadata, supply chains, keywords, aggregate, brand and networking are all words that seem to be the antithesis of creating music. In today’s social and DIY world, however, they are all important elements every budding songwriter and artist must understand. The Music Biz 2017 conference, organized by the Music Business Association and held in Nashville this week, brought together the industry’s smartest eggheads, marketers and educators to share their knowledge and wisdom with indie artists, publishers, retailers,... Read More

May 23, 2017 – Music Biz 2017 Recap Updated Daily

The Music Business Association hosted its largest convention in more than 16 years last week in Nashville. 2,000 industry professionals descended on Music City to learn, network, and meet to advance the industry — together. 250+ speakers also participated in more than 100 events during Music Biz 2017 offering unparalleled thought leadership and expert insight into industry trends impacting all facets of today’s business. The Music Biz 2017 recap is constantly being updated so check back here often for presentation slides,... Read More

May 23, 2017 – Music Biz & ‘Rock Against Terrorism’ Band Stand with Manchester

Music Business Association President James Donio released the following statement in the wake of the recent events in Manchester, UK: The Music Business Association is extremely saddened and sickened by the bombing following the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK. This is yet another cowardly and horrific act of senseless violence. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy, especially the innocent victims who lost their lives, their families and friends. We just completed our Music Biz conference in Nashville,... Read More

May 17, 2017 – Music Biz 2017 Business Awards Breakfast Scripted Remarks from Music Biz President James Donio, Chair of the Board Fred Beteille, and Vice Chair Steve Harkins

Music Biz President James Donio When we decided to move the convention to Nashville three years ago, we had a really strong sense that bringing Music City and Music Biz together would be, as they say, a match made in heaven. Well, the results speak for themselves. I am elated to tell you that Music Biz 2017 is a milestone for us. It’s our largest convention since 2001! The biggest in 16 years.  We have over 2,000 attendees from 750 unique companies,... Read More