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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

June 21, 2017 – New Member Profile Feature: Painted Axe

Painted Axe specializes in branded, custom painted guitars for special events, festivals and musicians seeking additional avenues for personal expression or utilize as fundraisers (raffles, silent auctions, crowd funding). Website: Location: Jacksonville, FL Number of Employees: 2 Number of Years in Business: 15 Primary Contact: Michael Gauf, Owner & Artisan, Primary Service or Product: Branded, custom painted guitars, including electric, acoustic, resonator and bass Most Recent Innovations and News Items: An exhibition of custom painted guitars by Painted Axe will be on view January 2018 –... Read More

June 8, 2017 – Music Biz 2017 Recap: Photos, Videos, Slides, Media & More

Music Biz 2017 was our largest convention since 2001 … the biggest in 16 years! The event drew over 2,000 attendees from 750 unique companies, organizations, and academic institutions, plus related professionals, from virtually every facet of the business. More than 400 individuals were at the event for the very first time! Reviews thus far have been extremely positive with 2017 being our highest rated event ever! Photo, videos, slides, media recaps and more can be found here.... Read More

May 31, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Country Without Borders: Global Concert Bookings for Previously Wary Genre Jump 55 Percent

The country music industry has touted through the years that the genre is moving beyond American borders, but new data lends credibility to claims that country’s foreign growth is currently through the roof. The number of country concerts booked during the 2016-17 concert season grew 55 percent over the previous year, and that year saw a spike of 88 percent over 2014-15, Country Music Association chief marketing officer Damon Whiteside said during a series of globally-focused country panels May 17 at the Music Biz conference in Nashville.... Read More

May 30, 2017 – [IN THE NEWS] Music Biz Concludes Successful Third Year With Record Attendance

The Music Business Association held its annual convention May 15-18, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville for the third consecutive year. Founded 60 years ago, The Music Business Association is a membership that promotes and advances music thru business commerce. It aims to offer invaluable information thru leadership, resources, and networking. Music Biz combines over 2000 attendees from 750 schools, companies, and organizations, some from as far away as Europe and Australia. With 100 sessions to choose from and over 250 speakers,... Read More

Industry Analysis

June 21, 2017 – How Musicians Can Take Advantage of Key Digital Trends Towards 2020

It is probably no surprise that businesses are being transformed by digital platforms such as Facebook. The platform has recently released a report that looks at the different ways in which businesses are being reshaped. Out of the many insights from the report, there are three findings that can be of great use, especially if you are an independent musician. Click here to read more.... Read More

June 21, 2017 – Reading the Tea Leaves of Summer Radio Listening

Each year during the summer, radio habits change and certain formats see a seasonal increase in audience that’s unique to the warm weather months. And each year, Nielsen tracks these developments by naming the format that grows its audience the most the format of the summer. Here are the winners from the past five years by percent of increase in overall audience share (persons 6+). Check it out here.... Read More

June 19, 2017 – Music Biz 2012 Artist of the Year Katy Perry Debuts at #1 with ‘Witness’

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published in HITS Daily Double): “We witnessed her star-power early on and presented her with our 2012 Artist of the Year Award. Since then Katy Perry has continued to roar with an appearance at the Super Bowl and now another chart topper this week with her third album “Witness.” The album tops both the  Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts,... Read More

June 16, 2017 – Streaming Revenue Could Surpass Live Income For Many Artists, says Mark Mulligan

“Do not assume that we have arrived at your destination,” writes music industry analyst Mark Mulligan, referring to live music rather than recordings as the primary income driver for most musicians and the industry. “Add together all the pieces and you start to create an environment in which artists can see a more immediate direct return from streaming.” Read more here.... Read More