Conventions & Awards

Music Biz Association Announces Agenda For May 6-8 Convention

image from musicbiz.orgThe Music Business Association (formerly NARM) has announced the preliminary agenda for its annual Music Biz 2014 event May 6-8 in LA. Highlights include returning favorites like the Music Biz Academy educational sessions, the 2nd Metadata Summit, and the Entertainment & Technology Law Program. The gathering will also honor Sylvia Rhone, Founder and CEO of Epic Records label Vested in Sound, with the Presidential Award for Sustained Executive Achievement and Jonathan Poneman, Co-Founder of Sub Pop Records, with the Independent Spirit Award.

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Highlights from the currently confirmed agenda are below. More sessions and speakers will be announced shortly.

Music Biz Academy
Tuesday, May 6, 8:30am – 4pm
A spin-off of the national Music Startup Academy series, this event is meant to give aspiring music industry entrepreneurs and startups the information they need to bring their products to market legally and sustainably. To that end, the Academy will provide an overview of key industry concepts such as labels and copyright, recording contracts, marketing and social media, and leveraging user data. There will also be presentations from top companies such as Next Big Sound, CD Baby, Loudr, the Harry Fox Agency, SoundExchange, and YouTube.

Metadata Summit: Information and Technology in the Music Business
Tuesday, May 6, 8:30am – 4pm
Following a highly successful debut at last year’s Music Biz 2013, the Metadata Summit returns to continue the important conversation about ensuring that all digital music files come complete with reliable, high-quality, and uniform metadata. This year’s event will feature a keynote from Vinnie Freda, COO of Isolation Network Inc. (parent company of INgrooves Fontana and INscribe Digital), as well as updates on major metadata initiatives such as ISRC, GRD, DDEX, and ISNI; a discussion on how to resolve chronic issues such as artist disambiguation, street date, style, and genre; a discussion of the Open Style Guide; and panels on curation, royalty reporting, and the future of the album.

Opening Breakfast and Business Session
Wednesday, May 7, 8:30am – 10am
The jam-packed Opening Session will bring attendees up to speed with Music Biz’s latest initiatives and point toward the future of both the organization and the industry as a whole. It will kick off with speeches from Music Biz President James Donio and Board of Directors Chairperson Rachelle Friedman of J&R Music & Computer World, followed by the presentation of the Presidential Award for Sustained Executive Achievement to Sylvia Rhone, Founder of Epic Records-distributed label Vested in Sound, and the Independent Spirit Award to Jonathan Poneman, Co-Founder of Sub Pop Records.

Entertainment & Technology Law Program
Thursday, May 8, 3:30pm – 6pm
Bringing the nationwide Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series to Los Angeles, this event will gather top attorneys and legal representatives from all corners of the industry to discuss some of the most pressing legal issues impacting music today. Program to be announced shortly.

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