Keeping Tempo With Music Biz

Given the always-changing nature of the music business, it is extremely important for today’s industry professionals to stay current with the latest trends and technologies influencing the ways we work. Our Keeping Tempo With Music Biz content series taps into the brain trust of expert voices from Music Biz’s member and partner communities to help readers understand the machinations of the modern music business and arm them with the tools to help them achieve success.


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 13, 2021 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] Exploring the Evolution of the Music Publishing Landscape: Op-Ed By DataArt’s Sergey Bludov

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the light at the end of the tunnel is brightening as vaccines are rolled out to a growing number of global citizens. But once the dust has settled, what state will the music publishing industry be in, and how long will it take for publishing revenue and the overall marketplace to get back on track? According to projections by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC),... Read More

March 16, 2021 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] Is 2021 “The Year of Search?” — A Conversation with Hazel Savage and Team Musiio

The introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into a well-established, storied industry like ours has presented both exciting possibilities and potential concerns. Specific applications are a perfect fit for AI tech, particularly those that require menial data-entry tasks. Enter Musiio, who have programmed an AI that can “listen” to up to 1 million tracks a day, categorize it based on metadata points on a compositional level, and suggest similar songs based on roughly 1,500 data points.... Read More

January 19, 2021 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Setting the Scene for the Global Music Industry in 2021: A Preview of NY:LON Connect 2021 with Music Biz’s Portia Sabin and Music Ally’s Paul Brindley

Life in the music industry right around the last NY:LON Connect summit, and the COVID-19 pandemic-minded one we find ourselves in now, are largely two different experiences. After a 10-month stretch marked by an unprecedented shift in how we do business, as well as a global focus on societal inequality and injustice, NY:LON returns (this time virtually) to help us set course through the uncharted waters of a hopefully post-pandemic, more inclusive 2021. We sat down with Music Business Association President Portia Sabin and Music Ally CEO/Co-Founder Paul Brindley to preview what’s in store for this year’s summit,... Read More

November 17, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Understanding the Implications of Article 17 Copyright Reform: A Conversation with Rasty Turek, CEO of Pex

The passage of the EU Copyright Directive, including Article 17, brings sweeping digital copyright reform that stands to benefit rightsholders of all sizes. While it should improve how copyright holders can protect their works in the digital landscape, it is still unclear how the Directive will be implemented by each member state, what exactly digital platforms will be liable for, and what impacts it may have for users. To help us better understand how Article 17 will impact the music industry,... Read More

August 4, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Approaching Product Development From a Creator Lens with Jacob Fowler of The Orchard

The music industry has seen a number of dramatic shifts in the past two decades, with each year seemingly introducing a handful of new ways to share songs, track who is listening to them, and interact with music fans. Despite these rapid changes, The Orchard has never wavered from their initial promise posed more than 20 years ago: allow members of the creative community to release music on their own terms, all the while innovating their core product offerings so they may best serve their partners.... Read More

June 16, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Managing Content Discovery During the Podcast Explosion with Gracenote

The Podcast renaissance is in full swing, with many fan favorite celebrities and hosts taking the helm of their own shows and even some interesting projects debuting from within the music industry as a way to cross-promote new music. The result of the format’s increased popularity is a boom in content that is daunting to sort through, to say the least. In our latest Keeping Tempo interview, we sat down with Greg Gentschev, Gracenote’s SVP of Product Management for Music &... Read More

July 7, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Staying Safe, Sane and Productive: A Conversation with Symphonic Distribution’s Jorge Brea

Established as a forward-thinking distribution company, Symphonic has in many ways helped give a sneak peak into a future music industry guided by an “artist-first” strategy that bolsters everything from personal brand to release schedules. This tendency to look and plan ahead for the challenges of tomorrow has helped the company respond to the challenges that 2020 have presented our entire industry with in a major way. In this Keeping Tempo interview, we discuss with Symphonic Distribution CEO Jorge Brea how the company has managed to stay productive in the time of COVID-19,... Read More

April 28, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — A Conversation on Mental Health in the Music Business with THRIV’s Dr. Chayim Newman

The global conversation behind mental health has dramatically changed over the past decade, with a greater focus than ever on elevating the voices of those in crisis and ensuring that resources are available to them. Our industry — one where artists spend most of their time sharing music that bears their hearts both on record and on stage — is acutely affected by issues of mental health, as long, stressful stretches of studio and touring time takes away from artists’... Read More

April 14, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — How Indie Records Stores Are Weathering the Storm: Interview with Schoolkids Records’ Stephen Judge

A month or so in, and the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis has already made a lasting impact on not just our industry, but on the ways the international community does business as a whole. As a segment of the industry largely reliant on foot traffic, the indie record store community is working tirelessly to ensure they can keep their doors open and serve their local communities with the music they so desperately look for to help cope in times of crisis.... Read More