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June 16, 2021 – Music Business Association Welcomes Fisk University As First HBCU Academic Partner

Fisk to receive educational resources as part of partnership,as Music Biz builds on its commitment to diversify the music industry June 16, 2021 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is proud to announce the addition of Nashville, TN-based Fisk University to its Academic Partnership program — the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to join the Association. First opened in 1866, Fisk is the oldest higher education institution in Nashville, and is ranked #6 among historically Black universities according to U.S.... Read More

June 15, 2021 – MUSIC BIZ IS HIRING — Membership & Marketing Assistant

The Music Business Association is seeking a dynamic young professional to fill an entry-level role with our Membership team to assist us in best engaging with our member community spanning the global music industry. Role Overview: The successful candidate will work closely with the Manager – Membership, Marketing & Partnerships to support Music Biz’s industry community through administration of memberships and ongoing communication with members. Job Type: Part-time (approx. 24 hours/week) Location: Nashville, TN (remote work options available) Seniority Level: Entry-level with advancement opportunities Reports To: Manager – Membership,... Read More

June 7, 2021 – Music Biz President Portia Sabin Named to Leadership Music Class of 2022

Music Biz President Portia Sabin has been named as one of the 46 music industry leaders comprising the 32nd Leadership Music class. Based in Nashville, this nationwide program establishes a forum for industry leaders to discuss the issues affecting the modern music business from the vantage point of each professional’s industry subset. “To be able to announce that we have selected the Class of 2022 after having to, for the first time in our history, defer the Class of 2021 is a huge cause for celebration,” said Leadership Music President and Selection Co-Chair,... Read More

Member Updates

August 4, 2021 – Music Biz Member Warner Chappell Music Opens New Vietnam Office

Building upon the 2020 opening of Warner Music Vietnam, Warner Chappell has announced it will expand its Asian operations with the opening of a Vietnam office located in Ho Chi Minh City. This marks the second Asia-based location for the publisher, who established a Shanghai office in 2020. In addition, the publisher has appointed marketing executive Vince Kobler as its General Manager, Vietnam; he will report to Warner Chappell Music’s Head of ASEAN, Jacqueline Chong. “I am very excited by the opportunity to steer Warner Chappell Music’s efforts in Vietnam,”... Read More

August 3, 2021 – Music Biz Member TuneCore Launches Free Cover Art Tool For Indie Artists

Independent music distributor TuneCore has announced the launch of TuneCore Cover Art, a free service allowing indie artists to create professional looking artwork for their albums or singles. Users have access to dozens of images, filters, fonts and layouts, giving them free rein to achieve a unique graphical representation of their music that stays true to their artistic vision. “Independent artists wear a lot of hats and one of them is creative director,” said TuneCore Co-Head and Chief Revenue Officer,... Read More

August 2, 2021 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Utopia Music AG

We’re thrilled to welcome financial tech company, Utopia Music to the growing Music Biz member community! Utopia’s platform bridges the industry’s knowledge, data and trust gap by connecting music consumption data with rights ownership, payment data and economics. This in turn outlines the full value of music and enables faster, more accurate payments for artists, writers, publishers, labels, collection societies and beyond. Utopia became Music Biz members to connect and collaborate for the benefit of the entire industry community,... Read More

Industry Analysis

August 4, 2021 – Headphones Were The Most Purchased Tech Product During Lockdown

Although true wireless stereo (TWS) and wired in-ear headphones both had the highest ownership, consumers favor TWS over other form factors for regular use. Looking to the territories, markets such as the USA and China witnessed high levels of ownership of TWS headsets. When purchasing headphones, audio quality was the primary consideration for consumers, taking precedence over price. Other key purchase triggers included brand, connectivity, reviews and design. “TWS is rising to the top, proving itself as the go-to form factor for a whole range of activities,” says Saranraj Mathivanan,... Read More

August 3, 2021 – This Virtual Artist Just Inked A Major Record Deal In China. One-Off Gimmick — Or A Sign Of The Future?

Ha Jiang is what’s known locally as a “virtual idol” – a huge deal in Asia, particularly in China and Japan, where they’ve amassed significant fan bases. “Virtual idols” talk about their lives, their relationships, what they get up to, the things that interest them. And some have started to build careers as influencers and fashion models. Ha Jiang is the first to bag a record deal with a major label. So is signing her, alongside five human artists,... Read More

July 29, 2021 – Record Store Day Set to Deliver Another Summer Boost For Vinyl Sales

Record Store Day returned to independent record shops Saturday, July 17 as hundreds of releases from the second – and final – 2021 vinyl drop were put on sale. Vinyl has been enjoying a sales boom in 2021, while the first drop on June 12 resulted in physical sales increasing 12.93% week-on-week to 384,982 (a 20.66% market share and new post-Christmas high). The first vinyl drop last month also resulted in RSD chart entries for Linkin Park’s 2003 release Meteora (No.... Read More