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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 presentation Panels 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

May 23, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Spotify’s Troy Carter calls for the industry to fix ‘broken’ value chain

Asked by Music Week during his keynote Q&A at the Music Biz Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on May 17, if he thought that the current split of royalties between the various rights owners whose songs were streamed was fair, the former manager of Lady Gaga offered a resounding, No! But, without being specific, he also immediately added: “The value chain is broken and we need to reconfigure it.” Click here to read more in Music Week.... Read More

May 23, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Inside the Music Biz 2017 Conference

Metadata, supply chains, keywords, aggregate, brand and networking are all words that seem to be the antithesis of creating music. In today’s social and DIY world, however, they are all important elements every budding songwriter and artist must understand. The Music Biz 2017 conference, organized by the Music Business Association and held in Nashville this week, brought together the industry’s smartest eggheads, marketers and educators to share their knowledge and wisdom with indie artists, publishers, retailers,... Read More

May 23, 2017 – Music Biz 2017 Recap Updated Daily

The Music Business Association hosted its largest convention in more than 16 years last week in Nashville. 2,000 industry professionals descended on Music City to learn, network, and meet to advance the industry — together. 250+ speakers also participated in more than 100 events during Music Biz 2017 offering unparalleled thought leadership and expert insight into industry trends impacting all facets of today’s business. The Music Biz 2017 recap is constantly being updated so check back here often for presentation slides,... Read More

May 23, 2017 – Music Biz & ‘Rock Against Terrorism’ Band Stand with Manchester

Music Business Association President James Donio released the following statement in the wake of the recent events in Manchester, UK: The Music Business Association is extremely saddened and sickened by the bombing following the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK. This is yet another cowardly and horrific act of senseless violence. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy, especially the innocent victims who lost their lives, their families and friends. We just completed our Music Biz conference in Nashville,... Read More

Industry Analysis

May 5, 2017 – Nielsen Music 360 Canada Report

Music consumption in Canada continues to rise. Ninety-three percent of Canadians listen to music, up from 89% a year ago. This rise may be explained by the continuing move toward mobile consumption—over half the Canadian population are now listening to music via smartphone in a typical week. Read more here.... Read More

May 3, 2017 – These Are the Top-Selling Albums & Singles of Record Store Day 2017, As Vinyl Album Sales Surge 213%

The 10th installment of Record Store Day (April 22) continued to drive big sales of music at independent retailers, according to Nielsen Music. The company reports that in the tracking week ending April 27, album sales at indie stores increased 194 percent compared to the previous week — the largest weekly gain in the retail sector in the history of Record Store Day. Read more here.... Read More

April 28, 2017 – Record Store Day 2017 Top Albums and Singles Charts

Record Store Day 2017 was a very big success again with music lovers descending upon their favorite record stores to check out the new vinyl releases. P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66 by Grateful Dead was the top selling album on Record Store Day, while Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles was the top selling single. Read more here.... Read More

April 25, 2017 – IFPI Global Report 2017: Industry Sees Highest Revenue Growth in Decades, But the YouTube Issue Remains

Strong growth in streaming throughout the world helped lift global music sales by almost 6 percent in 2016, the biggest year-on-year rise in revenues since the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) began tracking the market in 1997. Read more here.... Read More