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August 4, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Approaching Product Development From a Creator Lens with Jacob Fowler of The Orchard

The music industry has seen a number of dramatic shifts in the past two decades, with each year seemingly introducing a handful of new ways to share songs, track who is listening to them, and interact with music fans. Despite these rapid changes, The Orchard has never wavered from their initial promise posed more than 20 years ago: allow members of the creative community to release music on their own terms, all the while innovating their core product offerings so they may best serve their partners.... Read More

July 28, 2020 – Music Business Association Signs On to Support the “Save Our Stages Act”

The Music Business Association has signed on to support the passage of the “Save Our Stages Act,” which if passed would provide Small Business Administration grants for independent venues, promoters, and festivals affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. These grants offer at least six months of financial support to keep venues afloat, pay employees, and preserve a critical economic sector and our ecosystem for communities across America. “Our members told us months ago that if the shutdown lasted six months or longer and there wasn’t federal relief to hold them over,... Read More

July 2, 2020 – Music Biz President Portia Sabin Featured on UCLA Innovating Music Podcast

On this week’s Innovating Music podcast,  Music Business Association President Portia Sabin talks about the ways the music business is connected as a community, as well her journey through the music industry from performing as an artist to running a record label. The episode also looks at other aspects of the music business and how they have been affected in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by Dr. Gigi Johnson from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music,... Read More

Member Updates

August 3, 2020 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: The Music Royalty Company

Please welcome the newest member of the Music Business Association, The Music Royalty Company! The company is a collective of industry experts brought together to offer record labels, distributors and music publishers a wide variety of backend services, ranging from producing detailed artist royalty statements for your artists to providing catalog administration for neighboring rights. The Music Royalty Company recognizes that the ever-changing nature of the music industry has led to the need to analyze mass volumes of data.... Read More

July 30, 2020 – Music Biz Member Show4me Adds Built-In Streaming Online Concert Feature

Music Biz member Show4me is continuing to show support for the indie artist community through the recent launch of its concert livestream feature, built right into Show4me’s Artist clubs. This update allows artists to sell tickets and host their livestreams all in one platform without the need for additional tech; and just like the company’s concert crowdfunding option, if a livestream show does not reach its targeted number of attendees, those who paid in advance will automatically be refunded.... Read More

July 29, 2020 – Music Biz Member Single Music Debuts Livestream Ticketing for Shopify

Music Biz Member Single Music recently launched an innovative app allowing artists, labels and merch companies to sell tickets for livestream events direct-to-consumer via the artist’s already established storefront, along with a built-in moderated chatroom for fans. Livestream tickets can also be bundled with a merch item, or help raise money for a charitable cause. “The loss of touring has drastically affected ticket revenue, including ancillary merch sales that make up a significant portion of an artist’s income,”... Read More

Industry Analysis

August 6, 2020 – Better Concert Livestreams Are Coming. But You’ll Have to Pay for Them.

Adam Weiner has just finished doing pushups in his underwear while singing Canadian punk band SNFU’s “Time to Buy a Futon” for 165 paying fans. “Whoo! I’m really schvitzing now,” Weiner, the frontman and songwriter for Philadelphia rock revivalist band Low Cut Connie, tells the camera, as he puts on a velvety red robe and settles back onto the bench facing his living room piano. He’d started his weekly “Tough Cookies” livestream series early on in the pandemic — but Thursday’s show was his second paid stream.... Read More

August 5, 2020 – Radio’s Roadmap to Gen Z Listenership

Gen Z Listeners in the U.S. are Heavy Users of Streaming, but 55% listen to AM/FM Radio Every Day  Audio consumers in “Gen Z” — those between the ages of 13 and 24 —  prefer listening  on their smartphones, which should be no surprise because they have grown up with the devices, but AM/FM radio’s reach among Gen Z is high (55%), according to Share of Ear® information from Edison Research.  Megan Vartan, Director of Research at Edison Research and Jayne Charneski,... Read More

August 4, 2020 – Global E-commerce Sales Will Decelerate This Year

Ecommerce has been a bright spot among retail channels during the coronavirus, as consumers became reliant on digital transactions amid physical store closures and fear of infection. However, the impact on ecommerce retail spending has not been felt evenly across the world. Asia-Pacific and North America have led the regional totals for both brick-and-mortar and ecommerce sales, followed by Western Europe. Due in part to China’s dominance, Asia-Pacific has gained a significant lead in ecommerce with 62.6% share,... Read More