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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

August 27, 2019 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — The Importance of International Forums: Q&A with Reeperbahn Festival Founder and General Manager Alexander Schulz

Given the always-changing nature of the music business, it is extremely important for today’s industry professionals to stay current with the latest trends and technologies influencing the ways we work. Our new “Keeping Tempo With Music Biz” content series will tap into the brain trust of expert voices from Music Biz’s member and partner communities to help readers understand the machinations of the modern music business and arm them with the tools to help them achieve success.... 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 exclusive merch, discount codes, concert tickets, social shoutouts and more. Sweet chose to join Music Biz after attending our Annual Music Biz Conference in 2019,... 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 13, 2019 – Why Are Today’s Top-Charting Music Stars So Young?

It’s been a banner year for young talent on the Billboard 200 albums chart, where artists like Billie Eilish (aged 17), Juice WRLD (20) and Khalid (21) scored chart-topping albums. In fact, so far in 2019, solo artists at the top of the Billboard 200 have been on average younger than any time in the past 19 years. This year’s average thus far — 29.25 years old — is the youngest since 2000, when the average was 28.83 and Britney Spears topped the bill with Oops!…... Read More

September 10, 2019 – $45 Tool CD Gives Indie Record Stores Unexpected Boost

“A funny thing happened with the new Tool album” says Coalition Independent Music Stores (CIMS) executive director Michael Bunnell, “indie retail had an old-school moment. “Several stores had well-attended midnight sales on Thursday (it was my store’s first midnight sale in 10 years),” continues Bunnell. “When we returned to work on Friday morning, there were lines at the door. We had to shut down online sales because we feared we couldn’t supply our local customers with a new release that was literally flying out the door.”... Read More

September 9, 2019 – How Data Is Making Hits and Changing the Music Industry

How did Trippie Redd go from a virtual unknown to stardom? What took Logic from cult success to an artist who fills arenas? How do labels identify the superstars of tomorrow? The answers to questions like these have traditionally involved factors like touring, endless promo runs, and lucky breaks. But now, artists and the labels that build their careers are finding a new way to move up the ranks: data. Click here to read more.... Read More