Music Business Association to Host Special Music Biz LIVE Sessions During Original Conference Week

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) today announced that it is hosting four high-level Music Biz LIVE presentations via Zoom set for Monday, May 11 through Thursday, May 14 — the week which normally marks their Annual Music Biz Conference. Music Biz previously announced this year’s Conference would be postponed to August 16 – 19 at the JW Marriott Nashville due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With all the uncertainty the ongoing health crisis has presented us with, it’s more important now than ever for us to remain connected, positive and productive — both as industry professionals and as people,” commented Music Biz President Portia Sabin. “We’ve been thrilled with the turnout and caliber of programming on our Music Biz LIVE sessions, and look forward to bringing the industry together for this special series as we keep our fingers crossed that we can gather in person in Nashville this August.”

These featured presentations are an extension of the Association’s Music Biz LIVE program, in which Sabin interviews a collection of representatives from around different segments to address how COVID-19 has affected their businesses and a path forward towards the “new normal.” 

The special sessions are scheduled for 4 pm ET each day as follows:


Monday, May 11: Marian Dicus and Jeremy Erlich, Global Co-Heads of Music at Spotify 

In their first keynote conversation as Global Co-Heads of Music for one of the most influential companies in the modern music business, this duo will detail how they are leading the charge in their new roles and jointly overseeing programming, editorial, artist & label marketing, industry relations, and overall music initiatives. We will kick off our special presentation series by discussing what the company has worked on since the COVID-19 crisis first hit, including listening trends over the past two months, launching the Artist Fundraising Pick feature, and instituting the Spotify Covid-19 Music Relief project which matches dollar-for-dollar up to $10 million for a growing list of organizations offering financial relief to creators around the world.


Tuesday, May 12: Kris Ahrend, CEO of The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC)

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is a new non-profit designated to manage the licensing, administration and payments process for digital audio mechanicals in the U.S. and provide greater transparency to self-administered songwriters and music publishers. Starting in January 2021, The MLC will process and distribute mechanical royalties paid by digital audio services in the U.S. at no cost to songwriters or music publishers. In his first public address since taking his new position, The MLC Chief Executive Officer Kris Ahrend will update viewers on the progress and priorities of The MLC, and lay out his vision for the future of this brand-new, globally recognized data & technology startup.


Wednesday, May 13: Troy Carter, Founder & CEO of Q&A; J. Erving, Founder & CEO of Human Re-Sources & Co-Founder of Q&A; and Suzy Ryoo, Co-Founder, President & Chief Strategy Officer of Q&A

Over the past year, this power trio has built a multifaceted music company that seeks to empower the next generation of artists through technology, tools and services. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, they instituted “The Panel” — a Zoom series featuring industry heavy-hitters that serves as a forum to support one another during this unusual time. Dozens of sessions later, we will turn the tables and interview them to get a first-hand look at what they have learned from their guests.


Thursday, May 14: Aaron Bay-Schuck, Co-Chairman & CEO of Warner Records, and Tom Corson, Co-Chairman & COO of Warner Records

In the 18 months since this power duo jointly took the reigns at Warner Records, the iconic label has seen a name change, a new office location, an investment in exciting new talent, and seemingly, a rebrand. These industry veterans will take us inside what’s new at Warner Records (formerly Warner Bros.), as well as talk about their pivoted release strategy for one of their biggest projects – Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia.


To sign up for these special sessions, visit the Zoom registration page linked here

Music Biz extends its thanks to our promotional partners for helping make this series possible: 2112, A2IM, the Academy of Country Music, the Americana Music Association, Country Music Association (CMA), Creative Entrepreneurship, Gospel Music Association, International Music Manager’s Forum (IMMF), Music Manager’s Forum (MMF-US), Nashville Entrepreneur Center (Project Music), NMPA, Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI), the Recording Academy, RIAA, T.O.N.S., Women in Music, and the Women’s Music Business Association.

For the most up-to-date information on Music Biz 2020, go to More program and awards announcements will be made as we approach the new August dates. To register for Music Biz 2020, visit


About The Music Business Association

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is a not-for-profit membership organization that advances, promotes and invests in the future of the music business by providing a trusted forum where ideas and cooperation flourish. Through events, education and engagement, the Association brings together the full breadth of the industry for unparalleled access to networking, resources and thought leadership. 

About Music Biz 2020

Music Biz 2020 returns Sunday, August 16 through Wednesday, August 19 to the JW Marriott in the heart of downtown Nashville. The music industry’s premier business-focused event, the Music Biz Conference offers a platform for the commerce, content, and creative sectors of the industry to network, get on the cutting edge of the latest trends, and meet with trading partners. 


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