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July 31, 2022 – NEW MEMBER ROUNDUP: July 2022

The Music Biz member community is home to more than 400 global companies, all working to collaborate to support the financial growth of our industry at large and create a more equitable, inclusive place to work! See below for the lates companies to join our Association in the last month: MoisesLocation: Salt Lake City, UTYears in Business: 3Website: https://moises.ai/ Help us welcome Moises to Music Biz! This AI company is focused on democratizing state-of-the-art audio technology for use by digital content providers,... Read More

July 27, 2022 – The Future of What Episode #197: Disability Pride Month — Interview with Lachi

In this month’s episode recognizing Disability Pride Month, Music Biz President talks with singer/songwriter and disability advocate, Lachi who founded RAMPD (Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities), a coalition that works to build support for disability culture and inclusion for creatives & industry professionals with disabilities. Tune is as Lachi shares the story of her journey from artist to advocate, recent successes for disability visibility & inclusion, and what changes must still be made.... Listen

June 29, 2022 – The Future of What Episode #196: Pride Month & Queer Representation in the Music Business

Now more than ever, it is vital to amplify and celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly in an industry like ours where they’ve had an immeasurable impact. In honor of Pride Month, we discuss the state of queer visibility & representation in the music business, both for artists and executives, with Joshua Dickinson of Queer Capita and Sydney Christensen of Kill Rock Stars!... Listen

Member Updates

August 4, 2022 – Music Biz Member Spotify Upgrades Blend Playlist Tool, Adds Merch Purchasing

Music streaming service, Spotify has announced upgrades to its Blend playlist tool, which creates a personalized playlist by syncing your music taste with your friend or favorite artists, to include more artists for fans to choose from. Once blended with your favorite artist, users will receive a “taste match” score calculating similarities and differences. that will now allow the opportunity to purchase merchandise via the artist’s page.  In addition, fans will now be able to purchase merchandise from the artists that are featured in a Blend playlist through the feature.... Read More

August 3, 2022 – Music Biz Member Single Partners With Shopify To Launch Tokengated Commerce In Mobile App

Single has launched a tokengated commerce & content feature on their app, allowing creators to mint any file on the platform into an NFT, which can then be purchased on their Shopify storefront. Purchased NFTs can be used as a “digital keys” that offer fans access to exclusive merchandise, video content, livestreams and more. The company has also acquired a strategic investment from Shopify to help continue its mission of empowering creators to keep the full value of their art,... Read More

August 3, 2022 – Music Biz Member Twitch Launches ‘Twitch Charity’ For Easy Charity Streams

Live video streaming service, Twitch has announced Twitch Charity, a new built-in fundraising feature allowing users to organize and create fundraising streams with ease. To utilize this feature, users can enable “charity mode” to unlock the “Donate to Charity” button so users can donate funds to the creator’s fundraiser of choice. The new built-in tool has been released to a small group of users, with plans to add more charities in the future.  Click here to read more from The Verge.... Read More

Industry Analysis

January 6, 2022 – In The Realm Of Podcasting, The US Is The Global Leader In All Respects

The US is the undisputed front-runner within the global podcasting ecosystem, in terms of both content production and listener adoption. In 2021, 40.0% of US internet users will listen to a podcast at least once per month. No other country comes close to matching this figure (Sweden, home of Spotify, will be in second place with 34.6%). The US will also have the most monthly podcast listeners, at 117.8 million—over 40 million more than our aggregate figure for Europe.... Read More

November 10, 2021 – Six Reasons Why Regionality Still Matters For The Global Music Streaming Business

You’d be forgiven for thinking that music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music have rendered local listening habits and cultures less relevant. After all, music streaming is now available in most parts of the world and allows users to listen to artists from across the globe. In many ways, music has never been more accessible. Yet the importance of regionality persists, even with increased global connectivity. From local scenes to national laws,... Read More

October 13, 2021 – RIAA Releases 2021 Mid-Year Latin Music Revenues Report

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has published its latest mid-year Latin music revenues report, showcasing a 37% growth for U.S. revenues to $407 million during the first half of 2021 (1H 2021). Streaming format revenues for Latin music also grew 37% year over year. Overall, Latin music’s growth in the U.S. outpaced that of overall U.S. revenues, growing in share to 5.8%. Click here to read more and access the report in full.... Read More