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December 5, 2019 – Music Business Association Taps Kobalt, EMPIRE, mtheory Nashville, Hopeless Records and UnitedMasters for New Board Members

Association Membership Has Expanded To Include 23 Diverse New Member Companies Over Past Three Months December 5, 2019 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announced the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors, with the aim of diversifying the Board to align with the makeup of the Association’s evolving membership. The newly appointed members include: Bob Bruderman, EVP of Global Digital Partnerships at Kobalt Music Group; Ghazi, CEO & Founder of EMPIRE;... Read More

September 10, 2019 – NY:LON Connect Unites Global Music Business Community to Set Agenda for 2020

Spotify’s Cecilia Qvist, YouTube Music’s Sun Lee and WMG’s Scott Cohen confirmed to deliver keynotes September 10, 2019 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and Music Ally today announce the preliminary keynote and program details for the fourth annual NY:LON Connect Global Music Business Summit. The event will take place Thursday, January 16 through Friday, January 17 at the Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City, with currently confirmed sponsorship from MQA, AdRev, Dataclef and Gracenote.... Read More

August 8, 2019 – Music Business Association Announces Leadership Transition With Dr. Portia Sabin To Lead Trade Group

Current President James Donio To Remain in Advisory Role The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced that longtime President James Donio will be succeeded in this role by Dr. Portia Sabin, who will assume day-to-day operations of the Association beginning September 3. Donio will remain in an advisory role. “We are extremely grateful to Jim for his more than three decades of commitment, leadership and vision,” said Music Biz Board Chairman Matt Signore. “He has passionately guided the organization through any number of seismic industry changes and challenges during his tenure: the shift from a singular focus on the physical business to a broader identity embracing all forms of music consumption;... Read More

April 30, 2019 – Music Biz 2019 Conference Panels, Keynotes, and Award Winners: A Dynamic and Diverse Calendar Awaits This Year’s Attendees

Music Biz 2019, powered by the Music Business Association, will take place Sunday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 8 at the luxurious JW Marriott Nashville. Heralded year after year for its slate of educational programming, the Annual Conference has become the industry’s premier business-focused event, and features presentations from influential industry trailblazers seldom seen at other events. “Following our largest event in 17 years, we are thrilled to bring our Annual Music Biz Conference to the newly opened JW Marriott Nashville for the first time ever,” commented Music Biz President James Donio.... Read More

April 26, 2019 – Iconic Rocker Peter Frampton to Receive Chairman’s Award at Music Biz 2019 Conference

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will honor GRAMMY Award-winning musician, singer and songwriter Peter Frampton with the Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement at the Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner sponsored by BuzzAngle Music, City National Bank, Cracker Barrel, Jammber, and TiVo. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 pm as part of the Music Biz 2019 Conference set for May 5-8 at the luxurious JW Marriott in downtown Nashville.... Read More

April 11, 2019 – Music Biz 2019 Main Stage Performances To Feature Country Star Luke Combs

CMA Breakfast will showcase rising stars Kassi Ashton, Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is thrilled to announce CMA and ACM Award-winning Country Music artist Luke Combs as the featured performer for its 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner on Tuesday, May 7. Also taking the stage will be rising Country artists Kassi Ashton, Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope during the CMA Breakfast on Monday, May 6. Music Biz 2019 takes place May 5-8 at the luxurious JW Marriott Nashville.... Read More

April 3, 2019 – Music Business Power Duo Ethiopia Habtemariam and Jacqueline Saturn to Give Joint Interview at Music Biz 2019

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will host a Featured Presentation exploring the careers of Motown Records President/Capitol Records EVP Ethiopia Habtemariam and Caroline President Jacqueline Saturn, two of a small handful of female label presidents in the industry, during the Annual Music Biz Conference at the JW Marriott Nashville. The session, set for Wednesday, May 8 from 10:30 – 11:30 am, will give insight on each woman’s professional journeys to the top of the organizational chart,... Read More

March 26, 2019 – Music Biz Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees Including Famed Beatles Producer Sir George Martin

Twelve additional entities including major and independent labels, music industry landmarks and media will also be inducted. The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announces this year’s inductees for its Music Business Hall of Fame, including the late Sir George Martin, who will be inducted by his son Giles Martin. This year’s honorees will be recognized during the Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner — sponsored by BuzzAngle Music, City National Bank, Cracker Barrel,... Read More

March 4, 2019 – Annual Music Biz Conference Makes Nashville its Home Through 2021

Following its largest event in the past 17 years with over 2,200 in attendance, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) announced today that its Annual Music Biz Conference will remain in Music City through 2021 at the recently opened JW Marriott Nashville. Music Biz 2019 will take place May 5-8, with Music Biz 2020 and 2021 following May 11-14, 2020 and May 10-13, 2021, respectively. The Music Biz Conference first came to Nashville in 2015,... Read More

February 19, 2019 – Darius Rucker to Receive Humanitarian Award at Music Biz 2019

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will present three-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Darius Rucker with its Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award during the Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner on Tuesday, May 7 at the JW Marriott Nashville Hotel at 7:30 PM. Rucker is being celebrated for his lifelong philanthropic efforts that include exemplary and heartfelt work on behalf of children. “Through his tireless efforts to support the youth community of Charleston, not to mention the millions of dollars he has helped raise for St.... Read More