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September 17, 2019 – [WEBINAR] — Best Practices for Managing Your Catalog and Assets

Music Biz is excited to confirm that our Fall 2019 Webinar Series will conclude on Thursday, December 12 with “Best Practices for Managing Your Catalog and Assets,” a session led by Music Biz member Synchtank! Given that effective catalog and asset management is now more important than ever, this webinar will run through the best practices for rightsholders to manage their assets and data in order to maximize revenue and avoid legal complications. Topics covered in this session will include: Cleaning up your data to optimize your catalog for clearance,... Read More

September 16, 2019 – [MEMBER DISCOUNT] — A3C Festival & Conference 2019

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2019, the A3C Festival & Conference has grown from a local Atlanta Hip-Hop showcase into one of the most important cultural events of the year. The week of events — with 250+ speakers, 150+ sessions, 500+ artists, producers & DJs and 50+ concerts, parties and experiences — is set to connect, educate and inspire the next-generation of innovators and entrepreneurs shaping the future.  Music Biz is proud to partner with the A3C Festival to offer our members 10% off tickets for this year’s event,... 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

Member Updates

September 16, 2019 – Music Biz Member Brian Penick Pens Billboard Op-Ed, Set to Host November 7 Webinar

Music Biz member Brian Penick, Managing Partner of Legacy Entertainment Ventures, has penned an op-ed for Billboard in which he highlights five areas in the music tech sector that investors should pay attention to. Citing the strong growth the recorded music business has experienced in recent years, Penick highlights artificial intelligence, metadata and blockchain technologies, direct-to-consumer solutions, brand empowerment, and celebrity investment vehicles as areas of growth that will be of major importance in the music business going forward. ... Read More

September 12, 2019 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Sweet

Join us in welcoming Sweet to the Music Biz member community! Sweet has developed an innovative platform that bolsters value creation for artists by rewarding their fans with loyalty tokens called “Sugar.” Fans can earn Sugar through over 100 actions including streaming music, watching videos, sharing favorite social, attending concerts or events, and visiting stores. Sugar can then be redeemed in Sweet’s Rewards Marketplace for access to exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences with artists, such as attending a sound check with LeAnn Rimes,... Read More

September 9, 2019 – Music Biz Member Symphonic Distribution Launches New In-House Record Label

Congratulations to Music Biz member Symphonic Distribution, who earlier this month launched their new in-house record label, sleev3s! Every release on the sleev3s imprint will be curated by a “genre expert” from within the company, and will be paired with a charity that will receive a portion of the streaming royalties for each track.  The label’s first compilation will be curated by Symphonic’s Senior Electronic A&R Manager, Jakub Alexander, who has paired the release with the charity Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.... Read More

Industry Analysis

September 19, 2019 – NPD Forecasts Three Percent Annual Revenue Growth for the U.S. Consumer Technology Market Through 2021

According to the newly released Future of Tech report from The NPD Group, consumer electronics  revenue is expected to grow 3 percent annually through 2021 in the U.S. consumer marketplace. Desire for big screen TVs, product innovations in wireless headphones, continued home automation adoption, and rising interest in smart displays will fuel growth. “Steady single-digit growth is notable in a mature market where consumers are not replacing or repurchasing items at the same rate they did in prior years,” said Stephen Baker,... Read More

September 18, 2019 – Seven Ways Musicians Are Leveraging Pop-Ups to Connect With Fans

The allure of the pop-up has permeated a new industry: the music business. To celebrate her debut album and give fans a glimpse into her creative process, for example, Billie Eilish teamed up with Spotify to deliver a pop-up in Los Angeles described as an “enhanced album experience.” For three days, fans got the rare opportunity to explore synesthesia, a condition Eilish experiences, in which a certain sense, like sight, triggers another sense, like smell, simultaneously.... Read More

September 17, 2019 – Deluxe Addition: How Taylor Swift, Tool, BTS and More Are Keeping the CD Format Alive

While Taylor Swift’s blockbuster album 1989 had a special edition featuring voice notes from the star plus Polaroid pictures, the most expensive of Lover’s CD deluxe editions goes even further. It includes the album on CD, two bonus audio memos from Swift’s songwriting sessions, a unique set of her journal entries, handwritten lyrics, archived photos, a poster, blank journal pages and a lyric book. Swift has made a CD package that will likely prove an essential fan purchase,... Read More