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January 18, 2023 – NEW MEMBER ROUNDUP: Dec. 2022/Jan. 2023

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 latest companies to join our Association in the last month: The Career MusicianLocation: Greater LA Area, CAYears In Business: 7Website: www.thecareermusician.com Join us in welcoming The Career Musician (TCM) to our membership!... Read More

January 12, 2023 – The Future of What Episode #202 — Continued Support For Inclusion & Mental Health in the Music Business

While major strides have already been made to improve the work culture of companies across the music business, it’s a never-ending task to ensure that EVERYONE who works in our industry is welcome, supported and truly happy in their day-to-day roles. To kick off the new year, we sat down with BMI’s SVP, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Sandye Taylor in a conversation about sustaining the important work of supporting both greater inclusivity across the global music business and work-life balance with consideration for mental health needs.... Listen

January 5, 2023 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — The Value of TV For Music Video In 2023: Interview with Jordan Glickson of Vevo

Music videos, both as an art form and as a promotional tool, have seen significant evolution in the ways they are created and consumed since the early days of MTV. And while the trending rise in user-generated content and short-form video platforms might seem like a blow to the format’s popularity, the adoption of smart TVs and availability of videos in different formats across connected devices has actually lended to increased music video consumption. To sort through all this and discuss what’s next for the music video,... Read More

Member Updates

January 27, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sound Royalties’ Business Nearly Doubled In 2022

Based on Sound Royalties’ year-end results for 2022, the company reports that their volume of fundings to music creatives grew more than 90% last year. According to company Founder and CEO, Alex Heiche, “…for thousands of creatives, this means more resources to invest, launch projects, tour, build, or manage their financial lives under the best terms in the industry.” Sound Royalties tailors its funding models to creatives by letting them keep full ownership of their copyrights,while providing ongoing cash flow during the term of the advance. ... Read More

January 26, 2023 – Music Biz Member Spotify Adds 10,000+ New Arabic Songs Following Licensing Deal With Rotana Music

Spotify has struck a licensing deal with Middle Eastern record label, Rotana Music. Per the agreement, more than 10,000 Arabic songs will be uploaded to the music streaming platform. The songs span from Rotana’s extensive catalog of artists including Amr Diab, Elissa, Mohamad Abdo, Abdulmajeed Abdullah, Tamer Hosny and Najwa Karam.  “I am incredibly proud to announce our partnership with Rotana which will allow us to expand our Arabic music library tremendously and give our users access to over 10,000 songs,” said Mark Abou Jaoude,... Read More

January 25, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Group Appoint Tim Matusch As EVP, Strategy & Operations

Robert Kyncl, the new CEO of Warner Music Group, has recruited his former YouTube colleague, Tim Matusch as WMG’s EVP of Strategy & Operations. In his newly created role, Kyncl states that Matusch will be working closely with him, “…the wider leadership team, and many of you, to help define, facilitate, and execute our 5-10 year vision.” Over the span of his career, Matusch held executive roles at companies such as YouTube, Boston Consulting Group and AOL.... 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