MUSIC BIZ 2019 SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT — Jocelynn Pryor, AMPED Distribution

Music Biz is excited to welcome Jocelynn Pryor, Director of Marketing for AMPED Distribution, to the Music Biz 2019 Program! She will be speaking on the panel “Creating a Go-To-Market Strategy that Leaves NO Money on the Table,” set for Wednesday, May 8 at 2 pm. Check out the Speaker Spotlight profile below to learn more about Jocelynn before her panel in May! You can also keep tabs on the latest featured speakers on our Speaker Spotlight Portal.


What is your favorite Music Biz memory from years past?
I can’t quite recall, and of course I’d change most of the names to protect the innocent… LOL!

Besides attending the Music Biz Conference, what is your favorite thing about Nashville?
Robert’s Western World, of course!

What do you foresee being the most impactful trend for the industry in the coming year?
“Wringing the towel dry,” meaning making the most of your efforts (marketing, radio, tour, publicity, advertising, etc.) by having physical and digital formats ready to rumble for fans in the B2C and DTC space. Being caught short is so passé.

When did you know you wanted to work in the music business? If there was no specific “Aha!” moment, what led you to working in music?
A friend of mine worked in the mall at a store called Wherehouse Music, and I thought, “It’s way cooler than Kinney’s Shoes!,” so I applied.

What music-focused app or tech could you not live without?
Spotify or YouTube, probably YouTube if I had to choose.

Aside from speaking, what are you most excited to experience at this year’s Conference?
Seeing all my peeps, and meeting new ones. I love the college kids kibitzing in the ladies room. So informative.

What are your Album of the Year and Song of the Year?
Album of the year…Impossible to narrow down.

Sorry to be cliché, but I cannot get enough of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born.

How do you discover new music?
Well I get music thrown at me all the time so usually it’s because some label person is super-hyped and their excitement peaks my interest. But when I am on my own discovering, it’s usually in a friend’s car or house.

What was your first concert OR the best concert you’ve ever attended? What about the show sticks with you the most?
My first concert was Depeche Mode at Dodger Stadium… and yeah, my ears are still ringing.

Music Biz 2019, the industry’s premier business-focused event, takes place Sunday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 8 at the JW Marriott Nashville. Attendees can look forward to keynote presentations from influential industry trailblazers including Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Capitol Records’ Amber Grimes, RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier, CEO of Def Jam Recordings Paul Rosenberg, and a joint interview with Motown Records President/Capitol Records EVP Ethiopia Habetemariam and Caroline President Jacqueline Saturn. The event will also feature our Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner, a celebration of artistic & executive achievement sponsored by BuzzAngle Music, City National Bank, Cracker Barrel, Jammber, and TiVo. Announced thus far, Bebe Rexha and Kane Brown will receive Breakthrough Artist Awards; Darius Rucker will accept the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award; Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement; Record Archive owners Richard Storms and Alayna Alderman will accept the Independent Spirit Award; and The Orchard Co-Founder Richard Gottehrer will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award. This year’s ceremony will also see the induction of the late Sir George Martin into the Music Business Hall of Fame by his son Giles Martin, along with 12 other notable industry executives, record labels, landmarks and media outlets.

More programming and awards announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Visit for an up-to-date Program Schedule and to register today!