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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

June 11, 2018 – SAVE THE DATES: Music Biz 2019 & 2020

The Music Biz conference has grown steadily over the four years we have hosted it in Nashville, topping 2,200 attendees in 2018 for the first time since 2003. The music business sensibility of Nashville and its Music City Music Council aligns so well with our efforts on behalf of music services, stores, labels, artists, songwriters, managers, publishers, entrepreneurs, startups, educators, students, and everyone else in or looking to break into the industry. We’re thrilled to make it our flagship conference’s home base for at least another two years,... Read More

June 5, 2018 – [IN THE NEWS] GLAAD’s ‘Power of Queer Storytelling in Song’ Discussion Inspires Tears, Standing Ovation

For the past three years, the Music Biz conference has hosted an LGBTQ-themed discussion panel in association with GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Association Against Defamation), and there’s little question that this year’s — “The Power of Queer Storytelling in Song” — was the most ambitious and resonant to date. It brought together four successful singer/songwriters, each of whom shared deeply personal stories about the challenges they faced in their respective lives and careers. Click here to read the article in Variety.... Read More

May 31, 2018 – Music Biz 2018 Media Coverage

Following Music Biz 2018, we’ve received an impressive amount of media coverage! Take a read below and for the full video and photo recap, click here. May 31, 2018 — The Theory of Everything: Grab A Z And Hold On! — All Access May 25, 2018 — Music Biz Conference 2018 Download: How Artists Can Avoid Getting (Financially) Screwed (And Data Can Help) — Pollstar May 23, 2018 — The Orchard Ventures To Nashville For The 2018 Music Biz Conference —  The Orchard May 23,... Read More

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

Industry Analysis

June 19, 2018 – Many Facebook Users Are Sharing Less Content

For the most part, Facebook users haven’t stopped using the social platform following the Cambridge Analytica revelations. Still, there are some who are concerned about their personal data and how it will be used. When asked why they’re sharing less content with friends and followers on social media, 47% of Facebook users said it was because they have privacy concerns.... Read More

June 19, 2018 – As Boomer Musicians Retire From Touring, Concert Industry Faces Uncertain Future

In the same week earlier this year, three of the biggest touring acts in the music industry – Elton John, Neil Diamond and Rush – announced farewell tours or retirements. The onslaught of announcements seemed to usher in what promoters have been dreading for years: the end of the Classic-Rock era.... Read More

June 14, 2018 – Why The Music Industry Should Treasure Its Vinyl and CD Superfans

The following Music Business Worldwide blog comes from Music Biz’s close partner Kim Bayley, CEO of the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). ERA recently published statistics which show that ‘Superfans’ of CD and vinyl – ie. those spending £400 or more a year on either format – shelled out £180m on physical music last year, equivalent to 15% of the UK’s total music retail market… including streaming. Click here to read.... Read More

May 30, 2018 – Drake surpasses Elvis Presley with 26th Top 10 single, K-Pop makes first-ever appearance in Top 10: 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 (published by Billboard – albumssingles) and BuzzAngle Music (published by HITS Daily Double – albums). “BTS made a historic mark for the K-Pop world this week with Love Yourself: Tear. The album is the first of the genre to hit #1 on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts,... Read More