Agenda Announced for Music Biz 2015 on May 12

Agenda Announced for Music Biz 2015 on May 12-14 in Nashville
● Scott Borchetta, Martina McBride, The Doobie Brothers
to be honored at Awards Luncheon
● Metadata Summit, Music Startup Academy, Entertainment
& Technology Law Conference sessions to be held
February 2, 2015 – The Music Business Association (Music Biz) announced the preliminary schedule for
its flagship Music Biz 2015 conference, the music industry’s premier event. This year, the conference will
be held in Nashville for the first time in Association history on May 12-14 at the Sheraton Nashville
Downtown Hotel.
Bringing together key representatives from the commerce and content sectors – including retailers,
record labels, artists, managers, startups, and more – Music Biz 2015 gives attendees a place to meet
with trading partners, network with new companies, and learn about new trends and products
impacting the music business. This year’s event will feature returning favorites such as the third annual
Metadata Summit, the Music Startup Academy educational sessions, and the Entertainment and
Technology Law Program as well as various Special Interest Town Halls, Genre-Based Meetups, Breakout
Sessions, and Live Music Showcases. Music Biz will also honor Big Machine Label Group President and
CEO Scott Borchetta with the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement, Country
superstar Martina McBride with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award, top-selling Rock band
The Doobie Brothers with the Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, and Waterloo
Records & Video Inc. Owner and President John T. Kunz with the Independent Spirit Award.
“We’re thrilled to bring Music Biz 2015 to Nashville for the first time in the event’s 56-year history and
have crafted a far-reaching program that will appeal to attendees from all industry sectors,” said James
Donio, President of Music Biz. “Whether you’re a major music executive or a student trying to break into
the business, we’ve made sure that there’s something for everyone to expand their knowledge, make
important new connections, and gain crucial insight into today’s trends. We can’t wait to welcome our
attendees to Music City USA.”
Highlights from the currently confirmed agenda are below. Registration is available now, with early bird
discounts available until March 8. To see the full schedule or register for Music Biz 2015, visit
Metadata Summit
Tuesday, May 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join others who share your metadata concerns during our third annual Metadata Summit,
sponsored by DDEX and Sony DADC. From the music datapocalypse to interoperability to highquality images, these conversations are sure to set the course for solutions to current metadata
Music Startup Academy: Startups, Rights & Artists
Tuesday, May 12, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Calling all startups, app developers, and music entrepreneurs: Arm yourself with the knowledge
you need to break through the barriers of entry into the music biz. You’ll meet seasoned music
business professionals, who will lead sessions on licensing, business development, music APIs,
and more. Our popular ‘Elevator Pitch Shark Tank’ session will give you the chance to pitch their
ideas to our biz dev experts.
Breakfast & Business Session
Wednesday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean welcomes Music Biz to Music City. With the highest concentration of
music jobs in the country, Dean will discuss how he and the Music City Music Council work to
attract and retain music industry professionals in Nashville. Music Biz President James Donio will
take the stage to offer an update on Association initiatives. Board Chairman Fred Beteille of
YouTube will announce the Scholarship Foundation Class of 2015 and welcome the 2015-2016
Board of Directors. Rounding out the morning, Donio will present the 2015 Independent Spirit
Award to John Kunz, Owner and President of Austin’s iconic independent record store Waterloo
Records & Video Inc. and an over 40-year music industry veteran.
Metadata for Artists
Wednesday, May 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Metadata. It’s often one of the main things standing between artists and a variety of new
opportunities to make money. Join our panelists to discuss the essentials that artists need to
know about metadata, in addition to more forward-thinking areas of how metadata will be a
catalyst in building the products of the future.
Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 14, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Each year, Music Biz honors some of the biggest stars in the music industry at the Awards
Luncheon. This year, the prestigious Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement
will go to Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and a mentor on
American Idol, who has helped his label’s first signee, Taylor Swift, score three straight millionplus-selling album debuts. Country superstar Martina McBride will then receive the Harry
Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her tireless efforts to end domestic violence, and topselling Rock band The Doobie Brothers will receive the Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative
Achievement. Artist of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year recipients will be
announced shortly.
Entertainment & Technology Law Conference
Thursday, May 14, 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Entertainment & Technology Law Conference program will gather top legal minds from the
entertainment and technology industries to discuss a variety of topics at the forefront of both
trades. Topics currently scheduled to be covered at Music Biz 2015 include “The Rules of the
Road: An Examination of the Current State of Touring” and “Music’s Middle Class: An
Endangered Species?”
Special Interest Town Halls
○ Artists, Management & Touring
○ Metrics & Sales Analysis
○ Music Business Educators
○ Record Store Day
○ Songwriters & Publishers
Genre-Based Meetups
○ Gospel/Christian Music
○ Americana Music
○ Country Music
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,, 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.
Music Biz 2015 Media Contacts
Laurie Jakobsen, Jaybird Communications — [email protected], 646.484.6764
Nicole Hennessey, Music Biz — [email protected], 856.313.5532