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Press Releases

May 16, 2018 – Music Biz 2018 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 Before I go any further, let’s thank our wonderful friends at WEA for last night’s great cocktail party. This get-together has become a longstanding tradition at Music Biz, and we appreciate your support and commitment to the organization and this conference. Now, I get the chance to officially welcome all of you, on behalf of Music Biz, to our 60th Annual Conference. It’s our Diamond Anniversary. Diamonds are known to be the strongest and most durable substances on earth.  ... Read More

May 3, 2018 – Music Biz 2018 Conference Brings All Corners of the Industry to Nashville May 14-17 to Explore the Future of Music on 60th Anniversary of Music Business Association

More than 300 speakers, including keynotes from Pandora’s Roger Lynch with Sony Music Nashville’s Randy Goodman, Scooter Braun with Hilary Rosen, and Republic Records’ Wendy Goldstein with Manager Beka Tischker and Billboard’s Melinda Newman Award presentations honoring Ed Sheeran, Nile Rodgers, Julia Michaels, RIAA’s Cary Sherman with live performance from Kelsea Ballerini, Dimple Records’ Radakovitz Family, and hit song ‘Despacito’; Colin Hanks to induct Tower Records’ Russ Solomon as first member of Music Business Hall of Fame Top sessions include new programs #NEXTGEN_NOW,... Read More

May 2, 2018 – Podcasting Summit at Music Biz 2018 Conference to Feature Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett, Keynote from Edison Research’s Tom Webster

May 2 2018 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will host the inaugural Podcasting Summit on Monday, May 14, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT at the Omni Nashville Hotel during the Association’s 60th anniversary Music Biz 2018 conference. Focused on the increasing growth and popularity of podcasts, “Podcasting: Licensing and Monetizing This New Success” will cover podcasting, webcasting, music licensing, advertising, sponsorships, and more. Co-organized by Tom Truitt of WHO KNEW and Jim Griffin of Hazen LLC/OneHouse alongside Music Biz,... Read More

May 1, 2018 – Music Modernization Act and Other Timely Legal Issues Take Center Stage at Music Biz 2018 Entertainment & Technology Law Conference

U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch to join discussion on Act, which passed unanimously in the House May 1, 2018 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will tackle some of the most important legal issues facing the music industry at its latest Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, which will be held Monday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT during the Music Biz 2018 conference at the Omni Nashville Hotel.... Read More

Association Updates

August 20, 2018 – Fox Rothschild Signs On As a Presenting Sponsor of Music Biz’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is excited to announce that Fox Rothschild LLP has signed on as a presenting sponsor of its Entertainment & Technology Law Conference taking place on Tuesday, September 25 in New York City. We’re excited to welcome the firm to the event and look forward to working with Monika Tashman and the team on hosting this important conference.  Plan to join us for an opportunity to learn from and interact with music industry advocates and legal influencers — all in an exclusive,... Read More

August 16, 2018 – Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Passes: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

Music Business Association President James Donio released the following statement regarding the recent passing of Aretha Franklin: “The Music Business Association and music fans around the world are extremely saddened by the news of the passing of the legendary Aretha Franklin. Simply put, there was no one like her. Her voice was one for the ages. Aretha was honored by our Association with numerous awards for her hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s. On a personal note,... Read More

August 14, 2018 – Music Biz Member Exactuals Acquired by City National Bank

City National Bank recently announced it has acquired Exactuals, a member of the Music Business Association and Los Angeles-based provider of innovative SaaS solutions for complex payments in the entertainment industry. Exactuals’ innovative payment system, PaymentHub, allows studios, unions, guilds, payroll companies, music publishers, record labels, distributors and marketplaces to provide direct deposit payments, tax document management and online reporting to rights holders, performers, managers, service providers and independent contractors across the globe.... Read More

August 7, 2018 – Music Biz Member Royalty Exchange Launches “Zillow for Royalties” App: Know Your Worth

Royalty Exchange, a member of the Music Business Association that operates the world’s largest online marketplace for music royalties, launched a new app in beta that gives rightsholders an instant catalog valuation and analysis report … free.  It’s called the Know Your Worth app. It analyzes songwriters’ public performance statements from their PRO, and automatically produces a personalized report with details that until now were unavailable from a single source. In the words of one songwriter who tried it out…... Read More

Industry Analysis

August 13, 2018 – Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ Scores Year’s Second-Highest Debut: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music: “This week’s Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts are all about Rapper Travis Scott, who soared to the top of the charts with his new album Astroworld. The record moved over 537,000 album equivalent units to lock up the year’s second-highest-selling debut frame, behind only Drake’s Scorpion. Other Top 10 debuts came from fellow Rappers Mac Miller,... Read More

August 10, 2018 – Smart Speaker Sales, Forecasts and Market Share: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and More

Canalys predicts that 56.3m smart speakers will ship globally in 2018, with the US accounting for 38.4m of them – that’s around 68%. It sees China as the second-biggest market with 4.4m shipments – a 7.8% share of the global total. Music is one of the main things people are using their smart speakers for. NPR and Edison Research reported in July that 90% of first adopters and 89% of early mainstream users have asked their speaker to play music in the last week,... Read More

August 8, 2018 – Music Scores A Gold Record on The Social Media Charts

9 out of 10 regular social media users partake in some music- or artist-related activity on the most popular social applications…Of all the types of celebrities artists are #1 when it comes to pull. We are twice as likely to be following bands as politicians, or Kendall and Kourtney. Click here to read more.... Read More

August 6, 2018 – Time Flies: U.S. Adults Now Spend Nearly Half A Day Interacting With Media

According to the first-quarter 2018 Nielsen Total Audience Report, nearly half an adults’ day is dedicated to consuming this content. In fact, American adults spend over 11 hours per day listening to, watching, reading or generally interacting with media. Behind this surge are the growing use of new platforms, as well as the younger, multicultural generations who leverage them. Click here to read more.... Read More