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Music Biz 2014 Convention Gathers Industry Leaders May 6-8 In Los Angeles
- 100 speakers set to address attendees at second annual Metadata Summit, Music Biz Academy, Entertainment and Technology Conference, and more
- Ariana Grande, Frozen soundtrack, Dee Snider, Paul Rodgers, Jonathan Poneman, and Sylvia Rhone to receive awards
May 1, 2014 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly NARM and digitalmusic.org, will return to Los Angeles for Music Biz 2014, the music industry’s premier conference, on May 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. The event will bring together representatives from all facets of the music industry – including retailers, record labels, artists, managers, startups, and more – to discuss key issues such as licensing and royalty payments, proper metadata standards, launching a music startup, and more. With a wide-ranging program appealing equally to those just starting out in the music business and those who have risen up the ranks to become high-powered decision makers, Music Biz 2014 offers a unique opportunity for everyone interested in music to unite, working together to shape the future of the industry.
Experts are set to address attendees throughout the three-day event at sessions such as the second annual Metadata Summit: Information and Technology in the Music Business. The first installment at Music Biz 2013 was instrumental in laying the groundwork for a serious discussion of metadata standards, resulting in the release of the Music Industry Style Guide. This year’s event will continue that conversation, showing newcomers the importance of maintaining high-quality data and allowing industry executives to debate and refine solutions to key problems that are holding back the information systems of the future.
This year’s Music Biz Academy educational sessions will be held concurrently with the Summit on Tuesday, expanding the focus of the popular Music Startup Academy traveling series to include information relevant to startups, independent labels, artists, managers, and students enrolled in music or technology programs. The Academy’s morning sessions will feature content of interest to all groups, such as label and publishing basics, building a brand via social media, and using data to inform your online strategy. A variety of breakout sessions in the afternoon will then focus on each segment, providing targeted guidance on issues such as alternative revenue streams, the best tools for independent artists, implementing APIs, the evolving infrastructure of the music industry, and using YouTube to grow your audience.
The opening day will also include a live version of Cortney Harding and Kyle Bylin’s Upward Spiral podcast. The sessions will feature representatives from Epitaph Records, Concord Music, BigChampagne, Billboard, Universal Music, BandPage, ATM Artists, and The Hollywood Reporter, discussing topics such as the future of streaming services, maximizing revenue from catalog albums, music sales reports, direct-to-fan marketing, and music’s impact on film and TV.
The second day of Music Biz 2014 kicks off with the Opening Breakfast & Business Session Wednesday morning, when the Presidential Award for Sustained Executive Achievement will be presented to Epic Records President Sylvia Rhone, while the Independent Spirit Award will go to Sub Pop Records Co-Founder Jonathan Poneman. The event will also feature the President’s Address from Music Biz President James Donio, the Chairman’s Message from Music Biz Chairman Rachelle Friedman of J&R Music & Computer World, and the announcements of the Scholarship Foundation Class of 2014 and Music Biz 2014-2015 Board of Directors. Wednesday afternoon’s program offers a number of different break-out sessions on topics including streaming live music, EDM, and social media.
Thursday begins with various Music Business Association Sector and Work Group meetings. At 12:30, all will reconvene for the Awards Luncheon, featuring the presentation of the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award to chart-topping Pop star and actress Ariana Grande; the Outstanding Achievement Award to record-breaking animated film soundtrack Frozen; the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award to Twisted Sister frontman and philanthropist Dee Snider; and the Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to Bad Company and Free lead singer Paul Rodgers.
The Luncheon will be followed by the latest installment of Music Biz’s Entertainment and Technology Law Conference series, at which attendees will receive CLE credits. The event will have a special focus on digital music models, with panels zeroing in on licensing and royalty payments as well as the intersection of technology and traditional views on copyright. Concurrently, the afternoon also includes the Country Music Meetup, sponsored by CMA, and additional breakout sessions on topics including Internet radio, high-quality audio, brand partnerships, and global expansion of digital music services.
Registration remains open. In addition to company pricing, tickets can be purchased for Music Biz 2014 at special rates for individuals ($349) and students ($69). A discounted rate of $199 is also available for first-time independent retail and label attendees. For more information or to register for Music Biz 2014, visit www.musicbiz2014.com.
Music Biz 2014 Schedule
Tuesday, May 6
8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Music Biz Academy
• Welcome and Introduction to Music Biz Artist and Startup Services
• Labels & Publishing Basics
• Keep Social Sexy: Using Your Profiles to Build Your Brand
• Navigating the Music Industry Online
• Alternative Revenue Streams: Making It in Today’s Music Biz
• Building Better Products for Bands: The Independent Artist’s Toolkit
• Maximizing Ticket Sales and Revenue in the Touring Lifecycle
• API Services 101: The Sky Is Your Limit
• The Music Industry Infrastructure of the Future
• Grow Your Audience on YouTube
• Beyond the Jingle: How to Get Your Music Into Film Trailers and Commercials
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Metadata Summit: Information and Technology in the Music Business
• Keynote: Why Is Solving the Problem So Hard? Understanding the Challenges of the Data Supply Chain in Books, Film & Music
• Acronym Salad
• Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Resolving Chronic Issues in Music Industry Infrastructure
• Gimme What Record!?: The Role of Curation in Today’s Music Business
• Open Style Guide Discussion
• Royalty Reporting: The Who, What, When, Where and How
• Future of the Album
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Live Upward Spiral Podcast
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception – Sponsored by WEA
Wednesday, May 7
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Opening Breakfast (Sponsored by Sony Music Entertainment) & Business Session
• President’s Address by James Donio
• Chairman’s Message by Rachelle Friedman, J&R Music & Computer World
• Announcement of Scholarship Foundation Class of 2014
• Announcement of 2014-2015 Music Biz Board of Directors
• Presentation of Independent Spirit Award to Jonathan Poneman
• Presentation of Presidential Award for Sustained Executive Achievement to Sylvia Rhone
Afternoon Breakout Sessions including:
• How Retailers Use Music Lockers to Add Value to Physical and Digital Purchases
• Managing the Complexity of an Artist’s Digital Experience
• Evolution of Dollar Making: A View Through the Lens of Technology, Culture and Curation of Dance Music
• Live Streaming Concerts: Fresh Data, Strategies and Best Practices
• Harnessing the Power of Social Media Trends in 2014
• CryptoCurrencies and Alternative Payments: Benefitting Entertainment Companies
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 8
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Music Biz Sector & Workgroup Meetings
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
• Presentation of Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award to Ariana Grande
• Presentation of Outstanding Achievement Award to the Frozen soundtrack
• Presentation of Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award to Dee Snider
• Presentation of Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to Paul Rodgers
2:15 PM – 4:05 PM
Country Music Meetup
• Country Music Goes Digital
• A 360 View of the Country Music Listener
Afternoon Breakout Sessions including:
• Providing a Global Digital Music Experience for Local Tastes
• High-Quality Audio: Does It Matter?
• The Future of Internet Radio
• Evolution of Social Media Marketing and Communication
• Strategies & Best Practices for Implementing Advertising in Music Streaming
• Multi-Dimensional Brand Partnerships
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Entertainment and Technology Law Conference
• Welcome & Introduction of Music Biz’s Legal Sector
• Licensing & Royalty Payments from an Artist’s Perspective
• Disruption as a Business Model: Can the Music Industry Survive as a Totally Free Unregulated Market?
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
About the Music Business Association
The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is a membership organization that advances and promotes music commerce — a community committed to the full spectrum of monetization models in the industry. It provides common ground by offering thought leadership, resources and unparalleled networking opportunities, all geared to the specific needs of its membership. By leveraging the legacy of the former National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and its hub for digital initiatives, digitalmusic.org, Music Biz brings a unique perspective and valuable insight into the trends and changes that innovation brings. Today, we put our collective experience to work across all delivery models: physical, digital, mobile and more. Music Biz and its members are committed to building the future of music commerce — together.
Laurie Jakobsen, Jaybird Communications — firstname.lastname@example.org, 646.484.6764
Nicole Hennessey, Music Biz — email@example.com, 856.313.5532