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February 1, 2021 – Billboard Reveals Change Agents List, Featuring Music Biz President Portia Sabin and Board Member Cameo Carlson

Billboard has published their first-ever Change Agents list, recognizing those figures who have led by example and advocated for major change in our industry throughout the turmoil caused by the pandemic and social justice endeavors of the past year. Music Biz is proud to recognize the inclusion of our President, Portia Sabin, and Board of Directors member Cameo Carlson (mtheory Nashville/Nashville Music Equality) on this year’s list, honored for their contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts over the past year.... 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

January 27, 2021 – Music Biz Partner Porter’s Call Celebrates 20th Anniversary in 2021

A well-deserved congratulations to Music Biz partner Porter’s Call, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2021! Over the past two decades, the Franklin, TN-based organization has provided more than 55,000 hours of free counseling services to members of the creative community, who so often struggle with mental health issues due to the unique pressures of the songwriting and live touring industries. “I had no idea where this would go when we first opened our door back in 2001,” said Porter’s Call founder and Executive Director Al Andrews.... Read More

Member Updates

February 24, 2021 – Music Biz Member Pex Secures $57 Million Investment Round

Music Biz member Pex announced this month that it has secured $57 million in investments, which it plans to use to scale up its Attribution Engine (AE) technology. Pex hails AE’s ability to analyze over 10,000 hours of content per minute to find all available audio & video copyright uses, attribute the copyrights to every owner, and ensure that rightsholders have properly licensed & cleared the copyright so creators are properly compensated. “My vision has always been to deliver a set of technologies that brought transparency,... Read More

February 24, 2021 – Music Biz Member Vevo Launches Moods AI Tool for Emotion-Based Ad Targeting

This month, Vevo has launched Moods, an AI-based tool that identifies and groups Vevo music videos by the mood they convey (i.e., fun, heartfelt, impassioned, empowering, etc.) in order to create more favorable brand-interaction experiences for consumers as they watch Vevo content. The company worked with music data company Musixmatch to build a proprietary model that matches videos with labels based on the energy and tone of each song. “With Moods, we can not only curate Vevo programming to better match a person’s mood,... Read More

February 23, 2021 – Music Biz Member Spotify Announces HiFi Tier, New Tools for Creators, and Global Expansion Plans

During their “Stream On” event this past Monday, Spotify announced a slew of new products and services marking significant steps to expand their platform in 2021 and beyond. This include a new HiFi high-resolution music streaming subscription tier set to launch some time this year, as well as new exclusive podcast content. Spotify also announced new and expanded tools in support of creatives, with its Canvas product being made available to all artists from here on out.... Read More

Industry Analysis

February 24, 2021 – Snapchat Surprises and Alternative Social Media Platforms Challenging the Giants

In a new podcast, eMarketer Principal Analyst at Insider Intelligence Debra Aho Williamson discusses Snapchat’s latest earnings, what stands out, and how this year will look. She then talks about which alternative social media platforms are most likely to rival the giants in the near future and why. Listen in to this episode by clicking here.... Read More

February 23, 2021 – Seven in 10 Americans Say They Have Been Spending More Time Online This Year Than Ever Before

A new Google/Ipsos poll finds that 70% of Americans agree that they have been spending more time online this year than ever before. A majority also admit that they are more concerned now about their online safety, being hacked, and their privacy online than ever. When it comes to the security of their online accounts, less than half report being confident in these – and three quarters admit that they reuse a password for different online accounts at least occasionally.... Read More

February 22, 2021 – The NPD Group: Fourth Quarter 2020 U.S. Consumer Spending on Video Game Products Increased 26% While Annual Spend Gained 27% Compared to 2019

According to the Q4 2020 Games Market Dynamics: U.S. report from The NPD Group, overall total consumer spending on video gaming in the U.S. continued to break records, reaching $18.6 billion in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020 (October – December), an increase of 26% compared to Q4 2019. Full-year U.S. games industry consumer spend across all categories reached $57 billion, a 27% increase versus 2019. Significant Q4 and annual 2020 gains were seen across digital console and PC content,... Read More