60th Anniversary Music Biz Conference Explores the Future of Music

Nile Rodgers is the 2018 Music Biz Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement recipient.

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) celebrates its 60th anniversary at this year’s annual Music Biz 2018 conference, May 14-17, at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Also in its 60th year, the conference is the music industry’s premier event, giving the commerce and content sectors a place to meet with trading partners, network with new companies, and learn about new trends and products impacting the music business, as well as music creatives a place to discuss their craft and learn more about the legal, metadata, financial, and other matters that impact their royalties. The program, featuring more than 300 speakers, provides a unique opportunity for the full breadth of the industry — from major and independent labels to artists, songwriters, managers, publishers, digital music services, record stores, entrepreneurs, startups, students, and educators — to gather in one place, discuss and plot solutions to major business problems, and connect today’s top executives with those who will carry the industry forward.

“Our 2017 conference in Nashville was our biggest in over 15 years with more than 2,000 attendees; we’re excited to carry that momentum into our 60th anniversary event,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “Music Biz 2018 will honor our past with our first-ever Music Business Hall of Fame induction as well as returning sessions that address the issues of today — including Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out.”

Music Biz 2018 begins Monday, May 14, with the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, featuring an in-depth discussion of modern artist development, the recently introduced Music Modernization Act, collective management of rights, and trademark protection for bands. Also on May 14, Music Biz will bring together Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, SoundCloud, Spotify, and YouTube for Digital Service Workshops, and the Financial Literacy Summit, entitled “Podcasting: Licensing and Monetizing This New Success.”

Career Development Workshops beginning Monday will provide music business students and young professionals with valuable guidance on breaking into the industry. Music Biz’s annual Career Opportunities for Students event on May 16-17 will give them the opportunity to meet with representatives from 15 top companies for potential internships and jobs.

Tuesday, May 15 kicks off with the “#NEXTGEN_NOW: Young Voices Rewriting the Rules” panel, along with the sixth annual Metadata Summit. This year’s Indie Artist & Songwriter Forum will address artist and streaming income, the artist-label relationship in the digital era, and how independent labels or artists can successfully manage releases. The day ends with the Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out program.

Wednesday’s program begins with the Awards Breakfast & Presentations, with a live performance from Kelsea Ballerini, then continues with the Music Business Educators’ Meetup. The first-ever “Sync It!” program follows with a series of panels focused on music syncs in TV, film, commercials and more. The Brands & Strategic Partnerships Summit will provide insight into innovative new brand partnerships, the future of brand-artist partnerships, and how data can impact these deals. Wednesday’s programming closes with a keynote by Pandora’s Roger Lynch, joined by Sony Music Nashville’s Randy Goodman, about how increased music streaming is impacting music labels, how it will benefit emerging artists, and how it is influencing the future of Country.

The conference concludes Thursday with breakout sessions throughout the morning and afternoon. The Awards Luncheon honors the past year’s most exceptional artists and executives, recognizing Ed Sheeran (Artist of the Year), Nile Rodgers (Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement), Julia Michaels (Breakthrough Artist), hit song “Despacito” (Outstanding Achievement Award), and Scooter Braun (Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award), with acclaimed actor and director Colin Hanks then inducting late Tower Records founder Russ Solomon into the Music Business Hall of Fame.

Registration for Music Biz 2018 remains open on the Eventbrite website. For more information on Music Biz 2018, visit the official Music Biz 2018 website.