Press Releases

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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

March 18, 2021 – Music Business Association Taps LVRN Co-Founders Tunde Balogun and Justice Baiden as #NEXTGEN_NOW Keynote Speakers

Duo joins more than 30 industry professionals speaking at April 13-15 virtual event, sponsored by DistroKid, Songfluencer and Spotify  March 18, 2021 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has today confirmed the inclusion of LVRN Co-Founder & President, Tunde Balogun, and Co-Founder & Head of A&R, Justice Baiden, as keynote speakers for its upcoming #NEXTGEN_NOW virtual summit for young music industry professionals. The conversation, taking place Thursday, April 15 from 3:05 – 3:50 pm ET,... Read More

January 28, 2021 – Music Business Association Partners With Scars Foundation and Music Health Alliance to Establish Mental Health Fund

Newly formed fund will help provide struggling Association members with essential mental health services January 28, 2021 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announces the formation of the Music Business Mental Health Fund, established in partnership with Music Health Alliance (MHA) and the Scars Foundation. The fund was created to help Association members impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic gain access to important mental health services, including screenings and therapy sessions.... Read More

September 30, 2020 – Music Business Association Announces Driving Change Virtual Conference Focused on Diversity & Inclusion

Lawyer/activist Dina LaPolt and Universal Music Group’s Jeff Harleston Announced as First Confirmed Keynote Speakers The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced a brand new virtual conference — Driving Change, sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, Inc. – set to take place Tuesday, October 20 through Thursday, October 22 from 3 – 6 PM ET each day. Through high-level keynotes, panels, and roundtables, the event will bring together executives and thought leaders in the music business in action-based conversations about how our industry can take meaningful steps to support underrepresented communities in our industry,... Read More

May 21, 2020 – Music Business Association and Record Store Day to Host Virtual Couch Camp Event June 2-5

May 21, 2020 — As part of their efforts to bring educational content to the industry at large as it practices social distancing, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) and Record Store Day today announce that they will co-host the Couch Camp educational conference, set for Tuesday, June 2 through Friday, June 5 via Zoom. This virtual event will take the place of Record Store Day’s annual Summer Camp program. Each day will consist of three hours of programming starting at 3 pm ET,... Read More

May 20, 2020 – Music Business Association Cancels Music Biz 2020 Conference, Announces Strategic Plans for Rest of 2020

May 20, 2020 — Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announced that it has cancelled its Music Biz 2020 Conference, which was set to take place August 16-19, 2020 at the JW Marriott Nashville.  “The COVID-19 crisis has created conditions that we feel will not safely allow us to offer the in-person experience Music Biz Conference attendees are used to, thus we sadly announce the cancellation of our 2020 physical event,” commented Music Biz President Portia Sabin.... Read More

May 4, 2020 – Music Business Association to Host Special Music Biz LIVE Sessions During Original Conference Week

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announced that it is hosting four high-level Music Biz LIVE presentations via Zoom set for Monday, May 11 through Thursday, May 14 — the week which normally marks their Annual Music Biz Conference. Music Biz previously announced this year’s Conference would be postponed to August 16 – 19 at the JW Marriott Nashville due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. “With all the uncertainty the ongoing health crisis has presented us with,... Read More

March 11, 2020 – Music Business Association to Present Sony Music’s Julie Swidler With 2020 Presidential Award

March 11, 2020 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announced that it will present its 2020 Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement to Julie Swidler, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Sony Music Entertainment, in recognition of her accomplished industry leadership and many contributions to the success of the music business over the course of her career. Swidler will receive her award during the annual Music Biz Awards Dinner, taking place Wednesday,... Read More

March 3, 2020 – Merlin CEO Jeremy Sirota to Give First Public Interview for Music Biz 2020 Global Business Community Program

March 3, 2020 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announces that Merlin CEO Jeremy Sirota will give his first public interview since joining the company in January during Music Biz 2020 at the JW Marriott Nashville. The interview, conducted by Music Biz President Portia Sabin, will take place Tuesday, May 12 at 1:30 pm. Sirota’s interview will commence Music Biz’s Global Business Community program — a series that explores the rising international markets set to make the greatest impact in the near future,... Read More

February 24, 2020 – Kobalt’s Willard Ahdritz to Receive Music Business Association’s 2020 Innovator Award

February 24, 2020 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announces that Kobalt Music Group Founder and Chairman Willard Ahdritz will receive the organization’s 2020 Innovator Award during the annual Music Biz Awards Dinner, taking place Wednesday, May 13 at the JW Marriott Nashville as part of the Music Biz 2020 Conference. Observing how technology rapidly transformed industries in the late 1990s, Ahdritz saw an opportunity in music and wanted to take the music industry into the digital age.... Read More