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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

September 16, 2021 – Music Biz Member Spotify Planning to Release New “Enhance” Feature For Playlists

Audio streaming platform Spotify is in the process of releasing a new, algorithm-based “Enhance” feature that automatically adds recommended songs to user playlists. The platform will analyze users’ playlists and base recommendations off of styles and themes of selected songs. Enhance will add a maximum of 30 songs per playlist and will not replace existing songs. The new feature will be available for Spotify Premium subscribers within the next month. Click here to read more from The Verge.... Read More

September 16, 2021 – Music Biz Member Utopia Music Appoints Roberto Neri as COO

Music tech company Utopia Music has appointed Roberto Neri, Downtown Music Holdings’ former EVP of Business Development, as its Chief Operating Officer. Based in London, Neri will oversee Utopia’s commercial & business operations, and expand the firm’s international office footprint. He will report to Utopia’s CEO, Markku Mäkeläinen. Prior to joining Utopia, Neri joined Downtown in 2015 after it acquired his own company, Eagle-i Music. In 2019, he was named Downtown’s EVP, U.K., and Head of European Business Development.... Read More

September 15, 2021 – Music Biz Member Apple Music Creates New Process To ID & Pay Rightsholders For Songs Used in DJ Mixes

Apple Music is using Shazam’s music recognition technology to power a new process of identifying songs used in DJ mixes, in order to directly compensate song rightsholders, DJs and mix suppliers. Additionally, Apple Music has reserved funds to pay DJs and mix suppliers quarterly royalties based on the percentage of streams they accrue out of the total streams all mixes accrue on the service. “For a lot of dance music and DJs who make music, the music never really found it to streaming services because there just wasn’t a great process for how labels could clear the music that’s in a DJ mix,... Read More

Industry Analysis

September 13, 2021 – RIAA Releases Mid-Year 2021 U.S. Music Revenues Report

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today released their comprehensive mid-year music revenues report, showcasing a 27% increase for the first half of 2021 for a total retail value of $7.1 billion. Paid music subscriptions accounted for nearly two-thirds of total revenue in this time, with the number of subscriptions surpassing 80 million. Vinyl record revenues continue to grow despite the challenges in production, shipment and retail sales caused to the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing 94% to reach $467 million in H1 2021.... Read More

September 2, 2021 – The Music Industry’s Gaming Experience Is Growing Beyond Traditional Sync and Licensing

The pandemic didn’t give rise to live streaming concerts. However, it played a key role in their rapid adoption over the last 18 months. Virtual events were kickstarted with 327 million streams of online concerts in 2020 with 9% of those viewers regularly viewing live concerts. To begin with, music fans and many artists thought that virtual/digital events were a temporary placeholder before IRL returns. Recent in-game events, however, demonstrate the enormous additional value that an interactive experience can provide to both the Games and Music industries.... Read More

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