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Press Releases

May 17, 2017 – Music Biz 2017 Business Awards Breakfast Scripted Remarks from Music Biz President James Donio, Chair of the Board Fred Beteille, and Vice Chair Steve Harkins

Music Biz President James Donio When we decided to move the convention to Nashville three years ago, we had a really strong sense that bringing Music City and Music Biz together would be, as they say, a match made in heaven. Well, the results speak for themselves. I am elated to tell you that Music Biz 2017 is a milestone for us. It’s our largest convention since 2001! The biggest in 16 years.  We have over 2,000 attendees from 750 unique companies,... Read More

May 9, 2017 – Music Industry’s Top Female Execs to Discuss Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders at Music Biz 2017

Kelly Clarkson, Atlantic Records’ Julie Greenwald, NPR Music’s Ann Powers, and Nielsen Music’s Erin Crawford also scheduled for ‘Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out’ event May 9, 2017 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will round out its Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out event, powered by Nielsen Music, with a panel designed to empower the next generation of female executives in the music business, and discuss ideas to overcome and eliminate inequality. Moderated by Leslie Fram of CMT,... Read More

May 1, 2017 – Music Biz 2017 Gathers Who’s Who of Industry Thought Leaders and Buzzworthy Up-and-Comers May 15-18 in Nashville to Explore the Current and Future Music Business

More than 250 speakers, with keynotes from Spotify’s Troy Carter, Atlantic Records’ Julie Greenwald with Kelly Clarkson, CAA’s Jeff Krones and Hunter Williams, Cracker Barrel’s Don Hoffman, Universal’s Barak Moffitt, A2IM’s Richard Burgess, and more Awards presentations to honor Adele, Maren Morris, Lukas Graham, Reba McEntire, Paula Abdul, ‘Hamilton’ Original Cast Recording and ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ albums, UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan, and Music Millennium’s Terry Currier Top sessions include Digital Service Workshops, Fifth Annual Metadata Summit, Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out,... Read More

April 27, 2017 – Music Business Association Brings ‘Brand & Strategic Partnership Summit’ Back to Music Biz 2017 in Nashville

Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild to discuss ‘Fair Child’ clothing line; Cracker Barrel’s Don Hoffman to deliver keynote presentationPanels to feature execs from Atlantic Records, Chevrolet, Country Music Association (CMA), Crossfade Partners, Mastercard, Maverick Management, MelodyVR, Nielsen Music, Roc Nation, TuneIn, Warner Music Group, Vevo, YETI Coolers, and ZinePak April 27, 2017 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will bring its popular Brand & Strategic Partnership Summit back to Nashville on May 17 from 11 a.m.... Read More

Association Updates

August 17, 2017 – Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Early-Bird Registration Deadline Is Sunday, August 20

Have you registered to be among industry influencers and legal advocates at Music Biz’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference? Looking to earn much-needed CLE credits? Register today to hear leading music and legal experts weigh-in on the new administration’s potential policies regarding copyright, the DMCA, YouTube, estates, and other legal hot-topics.    The early-bird deadline to save big on registration ends this Sunday, August 20 at 11:59 PM EST. Click here to register and here for additional details.... Read More

August 16, 2017 – Music Biz Mourns the Loss of Former CMA Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador

Music Business Association President James Donio issued the following statement​ upon the death of Jo Walker-Meador: I am so very sorry to hear the news this morning of the passing of former CMA Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador. I had the good fortune of meeting Jo and working with her and her staff from my early years at NARM in the late-1980s. In fact, Jo and NARM’s Mickey Granberg, along with BMI’s Frances Preston, were trailblazing female executives in the music business and great friends.... Read More

August 16, 2017 – New Data for 16-24 Year-Old Listeners Revealed in Music Biz Consumer Insights

Music Biz Consumer Insights — our online, interactive, graphic-based research summary portal — has been refreshed with data that takes an in-depth look at the listening habits of 16-24 year-olds. The portal will be refreshed twice a month with data about today’s music consumer. Additionally, if you have not already, be sure to download our catalog of AudienceNet/LOOP Consumer Insights Reports  — including in-depth analysis of millennials, genres, gifting, in-car listening, and more.... Read More

August 14, 2017 – Music Biz Congratulates Billboard’s Indie Power Players; BMLG’s Scott Borchetta Named ‘Exec of the Year’

Congratulations to our member, friend, and Music Biz 2015 Presidential Award Recipient Scott Borchetta of the Big Machine Label Group for being named Billboard’s ‘Executive of the Year’ on their Indie Power Players list. We would also like to send a special shout-out to Music Biz board member Amy Dietz of INgrooves and all of our members, friends, affiliates, and Music Biz convention speakers who made the list as well. Click here to check it out!... Read More

Industry Analysis

August 18, 2017 – Glen Campbell’s Music Sales Increase 5,429% in Wake of Death

U.S. sales of Glen Campbell’s music grew 5,429 percent in the two days following his death on Aug. 8, while streams of his songs increased by 1,430 percent, according to initial data reports to Nielsen Music. On Aug. 8 and 9, Campbell’s albums sold 11,000 copies (up 2,300 percent from less than 1,000 on Aug. 6 and 7). Click here to read more.... Read More

August 17, 2017 – How music will help the smart speaker soar—and vice versa

In fewer than three years, the smart speaker has gone from head-scratcher to head-turner. Along the way, this device has brought artificial intelligence and voice commands into millions of American homes. Usually called voice-activated (VA) smart speakers, they’re often found in the living room or kitchen, taking commands and providing answers like a talking search engine with a surprising sense of humor. Most importantly to the music industry, these compact appliances excel at playing music. A new report by Edison Research shows 58 percent of VA smart speaker owners had listened to music for an average of 4 hours 34 minutes in the previous week,... Read More

August 17, 2017 – Who Still Steals Music These Days?

Despite music being everywhere online these days and available to anybody who wants to listen to their favorite tunes while still supporting the artists in one way or another, millions of people are still stealing music. It’s a sad fact, but who is actually committing these crimes and robbing musicians of the sales and royalties they deserve in today’s musical economy, which is already so customer-focused? Click here to read more.... Read More

August 15, 2017 – Another Classic Feeling for Summer Radio

So far, the summer of 2017 is turning out to be a lot like last year when it comes to American radio listening habits. Each year in the summer, audiences shift and certain formats surge during the dog days of the year. And with the release of Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) results for the July survey, a very similar story—as we’ve seen in past summers—is playing out again. Click here to read more.... Read More