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November 23, 2020 – 2021 Music Business Association Scholarship Foundation Applications Now Open

Since its inception in 1966, the Music Business Scholarship Foundation has distributed more than $9 million to help fund the educations of our industry’s future leaders. Thanks to the generosity of our industry donors, we are thrilled to offer this important benefit to our membership, as we open financial aid applications for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year! As in years past, this benefit is open to students at Academic Partnership schools, as well as the families of member company employees.... Read More

November 17, 2020 – [Event] Article 17: Are We Ready? — Dec. 8-9, 2020

Article 17 is the largest reform in copyright history, one that stands to benefit music rightsholders, content creators and digital platforms alike. To help us all get a handle on the legislation’s sweeping changes, Music Biz is proud to partner with Pex to host this two-day virtual conference — the first in a series of educational events on the topic of Article 17 — programmed to clear up any confusion about the implications of Article 17 reforms,... Read More

November 17, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Understanding the Implications of Article 17 Copyright Reform: A Conversation with Rasty Turek, CEO of Pex

The passage of the EU Copyright Directive, including Article 17, brings sweeping digital copyright reform that stands to benefit rightsholders of all sizes. While it should improve how copyright holders can protect their works in the digital landscape, it is still unclear how the Directive will be implemented by each member state, what exactly digital platforms will be liable for, and what impacts it may have for users. To help us better understand how Article 17 will impact the music industry,... Read More

Member Updates

November 24, 2020 – Music Biz Member Bandcamp Launches New Livestream Platfor

Bandcamp has debuted Bandcamp Live, a new ticketed livestream platform which gives artists the tools to easily host live performances, as well as sell merch to their fans. Since the platform is built right into the Bandcamp ecosystem, it is easy for artists to notify their followers of an upcoming live show and for fans to pay for tickets with their saved credit card information. A chat function also allows artists and their moderators to talk directly to fans during the show,... Read More

November 23, 2020 – Music Biz Member Show4me Improves Indie Music Discovery With Mobile App and Redesigned Platform

Today, Music Biz member Show4me has announced a slew of user-centric features designed to improve the user music interaction and discovery experience on their music interaction network. The company’s newly redesigned platform gives fans access to new editorial music charts for more effortless discovery, as well as private streams for limited-time music events. Fans can access all this content via a newly launched iPhone and Android app, which also allows them to watch livestream events and interact with fellow fans &... Read More

November 19, 2020 – Music Biz Member VEVO Reveals DSCVR Artists To Watch 2021 List

This week, Music Biz member VEVO has released its annual list of artists to watch out for via its DSCVR program. Each of the 19 artists will work with the company to produce and share high-quality live performances to expand their reach with global audiences, as well as be highlighted individually by Music Business Worldwide. Past artists named by the DSCVR program include Sam Smith, Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi and Maggie Rogers. “We’re very proud to announce our DSCVR Artists To Watch list for 2021,... Read More

Industry Analysis

November 16, 2020 – Innovative Music Licensing Frameworks Will Be Key To UGC-Powered Music Expansion

Considering the rise of platforms like TikTok, it is apparent that creation and consumption of user-generated content (UGC) has made its mark on the music industry. According to a new MIDiA Research report titled “The Rising Power of UGC,” in 2019 UGC and user interaction contributed more than $1 billion to global music revenues, and it is continuing to grow to the point that YouTube now outranks Spotify and other audio streaming services for streaming music consumption across most markets globally.... Read More

November 12, 2020 – US Holiday Ecommerce Sales Will Surge 35.8% to $190.47 Billion, Offsetting Brick-and-Mortar Declines

Retailers are bracing for a softer holiday season due to the pandemic. They will see, however, a major shift to ecommerce this holiday season. US consumers will spend $190.47 billion this year on holiday ecommerce purchases, up 35.8% and representing an incremental $50 billion in sales versus 2019. In-store holiday sales will decline by 4.7% to $822.79 million. But online gains will entirely make up for these losses, resulting in growth of 0.9% for total holiday season sales,... Read More

November 9, 2020 – Mobile Viewing Accounts for Over 40% of All Video Consumption Hours Among Gen Z Heads of US Broadband Households

Parks Associates has released the new market snapshot OTT Video Viewership: The Role of Mobile, which finds viewing on a smartphone or tablet now accounts for over 40% of all video consumption hours among Gen Z heads of US broadband households, compared to just 20% among all heads of US broadband households. The market snapshot, developed in cooperation with Penthera, a global software development company that works with video providers globally to improve the mobile video experience,... Read More