Music Biz Conference returns to Music City May 5-8

(l-r) Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam and Platinum-selling progressive Country artist Kane Brown.

Music Biz 2019, powered by the Music Business Association, returns to Music City USA to unite leaders in the commerce, content and creative communities across the globe to discuss the future of the music business and to build relationships that will steer the industry for years to come. The industry’s premier business-focused event runs Sunday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 8 at the JW Marriott Nashville.

Attendees have keynote presentations from influential industry trailblazers and an Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner, a celebration of artistic & executive achievement sponsored by BuzzAngle Music, City National Bank, Cracker Barrel, Jammber, and TiVo. 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 Hall of Fame ceremony will see the induction of the late Sir George Martin into the Music Business Hall of Fame by his son Giles Martin. The 2019 Hall of Fame class also includes major labels Atlantic Records and Capitol Records; independent label Sub Pop; industry executives Ahmet Ertegun, Herb Abramson and Miriam Abramson; music industry landmarks the Apollo Theatre, CBGB, Hitsville U.S.A., Sun Studio, and the Troubadour; and Rolling Stone magazine.

The presentation exploring the careers of Motown Records President / Capitol Records EVP Ethiopia Habtemariam and Caroline President Jacqueline Saturn, two of a small handful of female label presidents in the industry, is set for Wednesday, May 8 from 10:30 – 11:30 am, and will give insight on each woman’s professional journeys to the top of the organizational chart, their creative collaborations on important projects, and how each has lent their voice to ensure a bright and prosperous future for women across the business.

In her current role as President of Motown Records, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019, Ethiopia Habtemariam is the highest-ranking African-American woman within Universal Music Group. She is responsible for revitalizing the coveted label that hosts cultural hit-makers such as Ne-Yo, KEM and Erykah Badu, as well as musical groundbreakers BJ The Chicago Kid and Zaytoven. In addition, she has been strategic in utilizing Motown as a platform partner for entrepreneurs that operate in the same spirit and legacy of Berry Gordy such as Quality Control / Since The 80’s / Blacksmith. These partnerships garnered important signings such as Lil Yachty, Migos, City Girls, Lil Baby and Njomza.

Music Biz will present platinum-selling, progressive Country artist Kane Brown with a Breakthrough Artist Award at the Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner on Tuesday, May 7. Kane Allen Brown was raised in rural northwest Georgia and the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. He is multiracial; his mother Tabatha Brown is white and his father is black and part Cherokee.