As concerns for the health and safety for people across the globe have grown, the Music Business Association has continued to monitor the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in conjunction with the JW Marriott Nashville and local governing authorities. The safety of our conference attendees, the greater Nashville area, and the communities from which our attendees hail has always been our paramount concern in making decisions about the future of the event.
After careful consideration and deliberation, the Music Business Association has decided to postpone the Music Biz 2020 Conference until Sunday, August 16 through Wednesday, August 19, 2020. This Sunday through Wednesday pattern is similar to that of Music Biz 2019.
All conference registrations and hotel reservations will be honored and automatically transferred for the postponed dates. Music Biz and the JW Marriott teams will reach out separately to all who have already registered for the event and booked their hotel rooms to confirm.
“Thank you to our registered attendees, speakers, and sponsors for your patience and continued enthusiasm for our event in this extremely uncertain period,” offered Music Biz President Portia Sabin. “The music industry has survived many turbulent patches throughout its long history, and once this health crisis is controlled, we look forward to an opportunity to come together and support our industry’s collective path forward.”
Of course, Music Biz is more than just a conference, and our mission is to support the global industry throughout the year. We are formulating plans to expand our support to everyone — members and non-members alike — through this crisis; after all, we will only get through this by lending one another a helping hand. This will start by making our back catalog of webinars available to all, as well as sharing our other educational materials — stay tuned for more details in the coming days.
We encourage everyone to support our colleagues who have been hit hardest due to this crisis, particularly those in the independent retail and creative communities. Click here for information from our independent retail store partners about buying gift cards and shopping via their online storefronts. In addition, we encourage everyone to extend financial support to the artists and labels you love via livestream concerts and by purchasing music and merch either from retailers or directly from artist and label storefronts. Please also refer to Billboard’s running list of resources available to industry professionals during this ongoing crisis.
Above all else, the Music Biz team wishes you, your families, and the global music business community continued health and safety in this trying time. Should you have any questions, concerns or specific needs, feel free to contact one of our staff members or email firstname.lastname@example.org.