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Latest Press Releases
- NSAI Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Songwriters Round at Music Biz 2017 Featuring Rhett Akins and Rivers Rutherford
- Music Biz 2017 Career Development Programming Helps Students, Entrepreneurs Break into the Industry
- Adele Is Music Biz Artist of the Year
- Music Biz 2017 Entertainment & Technology Law Conference to Be Held May 15 in Nashville
- Paula Abdul to Receive Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at Music Biz 2017 in Nashville
- Atlantic Records’ Julie Greenwald to Keynote ‘Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out’ Session at Music Biz 2017 in Interview with NPR Music’s Ann Powers
- A2IM’s Richard James Burgess to Keynote ‘Indie Music Forum powered by Hypebot’ at Music Biz 2017 in Nashville
- Facebook’s Fred Beteille Continues as Chairman of Music Biz Board of Directors
- Rising Country Singer/Songwriter Maren Morris to Receive Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2017
- Lukas Graham to Receive Music Biz 2017 Breakthrough Artist Award
- Spotify’s Troy Carter First Keynote Speaker Announced for Music Biz 2017 From May 15-18 in Nashville
- UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan to Receive Presidential Award at Music Biz 2017 Convention in Nashville
- In-Car Digital and Mobile Audio Is on the Rise but AM/FM Radio Remains on Top, Says LOOP Study
- Music Millennium’s Terry Currier to Receive Independent Spirit Award at Music Biz 2017 Convention in Nashville
- Over Half of Americans Gave the Gift of Music in Past Year, Says LOOP Study
- Music Business Association Adds Pandora, Spotify Reps to Board of Directors & Names New Treasurer
- Playlists Overtake Albums in Listenership, Says LOOP Study
- Music Business Association Adds 9 Colleges and Universities to Academic Partnership Program
- Music Biz Mourns Loss of Zia Records’ Brian Faber
- Music Biz Statement on Passing of Board Treasurer John Trickett of immergent
- Music Business Association & Mondo.NYC Announce Agenda for Entertainment and Technology Law Conference September 16 in New York City
- New LOOP Study: Hip-Hop & Dance Fans More Likely to Embrace Streaming, Listen on Smartphones, Spend Money on Music
- Music Business Association Addresses Fundamental Metadata Standards Issue
- Music Biz/LOOP Study: Millennials Turn from Radio to Embrace Streaming
- Music Business Association Opens Member-Exclusive Data Portal ‘Music Biz Consumer Insights,’ Powered by LOOP
- Mondo.NYC and the Music Business Association Partner to Present the Entertainment and Technology Law Conference on September 16
- Music Biz 2016 Convention Brings Industry Leaders Back to Nashville May 16-18
- KONGOS and The Strumbellas to Co-Headline “Pandora Presents” Concert Event at Music Biz 2016 in Nashville
- Statement from Music Biz President James Donio on Pending Discriminatory Legislation in Tennessee and the Upcoming Music Biz 2016 Event in Nashville
- Music Biz 2016 to Bring Its First-Ever Brand & Strategic Partnerships Summit to Nashville
- Music Biz 2016 Artists, Management & Touring Town Hall Sets Sights on Unlocking Data-Driven Opportunities
- Collaboration Platform Dropbox to Sponsor Music Biz 2016 Awards Luncheon in Nashville
- Music Biz 2016 ‘Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall’ to Address Evolving Role of Publishing in the Digital Age
- Global Metadata Challenges Confronted at 4th Annual Summit During Music Biz 2016 Convention in Nashville
- Music Biz Announces “Pandora Presents” Concert Event in Nashville at The Cannery Ballroom May 16
- Music Biz 2016 Welcomes Top Female Execs and Artists for First-Ever ‘Music’s Leading Ladies’ Event May 16 in Nashville
- Music Biz 2016 Tackles the State of Fair Use and Festival & Touring Issues in Its Entertainment & Technology Law Conference May 18 in Nashville
- Music Biz Startup Academy Comes To Nashville: Jumpstart Your Music Tech Startup with a Full Day of Sessions on May 16
- T.J. Martell Foundation to Receive Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at Music Biz 2016 Convention in Nashville
- Cheap Trick to Receive Chairman’s Award at Music Biz 2016 Convention in Nashville
- Music Biz to Celebrate 50 Years of The Monkees with Outstanding Achievement Award at Nashville Convention
- GRAMMY-Winning Country Group Little Big Town to Receive Artist of the Year Award at Music Biz 2016 in Nashville
- Award-Winning Country Star Brett Eldredge to Perform at Music Biz 2016 in Nashville
- Alternative Singer/Songwriter Halsey to Receive Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2016 in Nashville
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Recent Media Coverage
- U.S. Retailers Predict Ed Sheeran’s ÷ to Be “Massive” – Music Week (James Donio, Steve Harkins, and Dilyn Radakovitz quoted)
- Music Biz to Honor Portland Record Store Owner – HITS Daily Double
- Terry Currier to Receive Music Biz Spirit Award in 2017 – Music Row
- Over Half Of Americans Gave The Gift Of Music In Past Year, Says LOOP Study – All Access
- Over Half of Americans Gave the Gift of Music in Past Year, Study Says – Music Connection
- Music Business Association adds Pandora and Spotify reps to board of directors – Music Week
- Spotify and Pandora Join Music Business Association Board – Music Ally
- Music Biz Board Adds Execs From Spotify, Pandora – Music Row
- Music Biz adds streaming execs to board – RAIN
- How James Donio Is Leading the Music Business Association into the Age of Streaming – SmartCEO
- Americans Listening to Playlists Over Albums, Study Finds – TIME
- Playlists ‘more popular than albums’ – BBC News
- Playlists outstripping albums in listenership, study says – Music Week
- Study Claims Playlists Overtook Albums for US Listening – Music Ally
- Report: Playlist Listening Overtakes Albums On Streaming Sites – Forbes
- Record Companies’ U.S. Revenue Up 8.1% in First Half of 2016 – Wall Street Journal (James Donio quoted)
- Paid streaming boosts US music market with revenues up 8.1% in H1 2016 – Music Week (James Donio quoted)
- Music Business Association pays tribute to John Trickett – CMU
- British producer and music executive John Trickett dies – Music Week (James Donio quoted)
- Hip-Hop and Dance Fans Are the Secret Motors of Digital Music – Music Ally
- Hip hop and dance fans are better digital music consumers, new survey reckons – CMU
- Music Biz and DDEX Offer Metadata Guide – Music Connection
- US Teens Love On-Demand Music Streaming – Especially YouTube – Music Ally
- US Research Confirms Radio-to-Streams Shift Amongst Teens – CMU
- Teens Are Big on Streaming, Smartphones and (Sometimes) Subscriptions – RAIN
- Millennials Aren’t Very Interested in Traditional Radio Any More – Forbes
- Millennials’ Consumption Patterns Show Massive Embrace of Streaming in US – Music Week
- Broadcast Radio Losing Influence as Teens Flock to Streaming and YouTube, Says New “Music and Millennials” Study – Hypebot
- Best Benefit Ever: Get Your Data in Tune – Associations Now
- Full Sail Makes a Splash at Music Biz 2016 Conference – Full Sail University Blog
- Music Biz 2016 Honors Little Big Town, Sam Hunt and More – Nashville Country Club
- ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Set for June 17 Hologram Vinyl Release – Forbes
- Little Big Town Talks CMA Memories and Songwriting with The Country Note – The Country Note
- Getting Comfortable with Cheap Trick at Music Biz 2016 – The Country Note
- SOCAN Makes a Mark in Music City – FYI Music News
- The Supremes’ Mary Wilson on Why Protecting America’s Musical Legends Must Be a Priority – Forbes
- Music Business Association’s 2016 Music Biz Conference – Big City Thoughts Magazine
- 8 Takeaways from Music Biz 2016 – Legrand Network
- 5 Tips to Navigating Your Songwriting Journey – Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
- Under the Radar with John Densmore and Robby Krieger – Examiner
- Little Big Town Interview: Music Biz 2016! – Pop Blitz Magazine
- Cheap Trick Interview: Music Biz 2016! – Pop Blitz Magazine
- Mary Wilson Interview: Music Biz 2016! – Pop Blitz Magazine
- Forbes 30 Under 30 Alumna Halsey Receives Music Biz Breakthrough Artist Award – Forbes
- 10 Quotes from Music Biz 2016 – Music Week
- Music Biz 2016 Report: Audio Streaming Continues to Grow in the US – Legrand Network
- Little Big Town Accepts No. 1 Challenge Coins from ‘MusicRow’ – Music Row
- LGBTQ People Are More Passionate About Music Than the General Population, Study Finds – i-D (Vice)
- Nashville Hosts the 2016 Music Biz Conference – Examiner
- Music Biz Offers Consumer Data Through New Subscription Portal – Music Row
- Inside the Music Biz 2016 Conference – American Songwriter
- At Music Biz, Nashville Publishers Offer Advice to New Songwriters, Praise PRO Efforts – Music Row
- Little Big Town Awarded Artist of the Year at Music Biz Conference – Music Row
- Music Biz Panel Examines Complex Fight For Streaming Revenue – Music Row
- Music Biz Panels Focus on Fan Insights and Brand Partnerships – Music Row
- Hey, Buddy: Presidential Edition – HITS Daily Double
- Music Biz’s Jim Donio Invites Music and Tech to “Find Common Ground” – Music Week
- Overnight News from Around the World (multiple items) – Music Week
- Donio Speaks Out at Music Biz – HITS Daily Double
- LGBT Community’s Close Connection to Music & Legislative Battles Addressed at Nashville Conference – Billboard
- Warner Music Nashville’s John Esposito Honored, Brett Eldredge Covers Sinatra at Music Biz 2016 – Billboard
- Music Biz Conference Honors John Esposito, Redeye Distribution – Music Row
- Ciao, Bellas – HITS Daily Double
- Music Biz Conference Shines Light on Women in Country – The Tennessean
- Music Biz Offers Women’s Insight from BMLG’s Kelly Rich, “Girl Crush” Songwriters – Music Row
- Music Biz 2016 Explores Artist Management in Modern Era – Music Row
- Notable: Project Music + Music Biz Team Up for Tonight’s Startup Showcase II – Venture Nashville Connections
- Music Biz Convention 2016 in Nashville to Focus on Data Issues – Music Week
- Donio Gives Nashville the Biz – HITS Daily Double
- Music Biz Conference to Focus on Diversity, Metadata Issues – The Tennessean
- Music Business Reacts to David Bowie’s Death: ‘I Thought He’d Live Forever’ – Billboard.biz (James Donio quoted)
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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. 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.
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), the music industry association in the United States. Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the current music business, including digital distribution, mobile, games, video, applications, and other entities that monetize music. This expanding membership vision includes not only Board-level representation from companies such as iTunes, Microsoft, Spotify, and Google/YouTube but also the introduction of membership levels for individuals and students, not just corporations.
In 2009, he conceived the Digital Think Tank to explore and resolve objectives related to enterprise-level digital music commerce, recruiting Bill Wilson to helm Digital Strategy and Business Development to oversee this area. In 2011, this evolved into digitalmusic.org, which served as the home for NARM’s digital initiatives. digitalmusic.org introduced the workgroup concept, which has since become integral to the organization of Music Biz, with four workgroups dedicated to Business Development, Digital Supply Chain & Operations, Digital Asset Management, and Music Subscription. The organization also produced materials such as the Metadata Style Guide and the API Directory to directly address current issues in digital commerce. It also held Music Startup Academy events around the U.S. and in collaboration with ERA in London to help newcomers to the industry create healthy, sustainable music-based businesses. digitalmusic.org was folded together with NARM when the latter rebranded to Music Biz, and its initiatives have been carried on by the new organization.
Donio has worked on collaborative industry campaigns to inspire music sales since he first joined the organization in 1988. Music Biz has worked with every music awards show, from the GRAMMYs ® to the Country Music Awards, to translate televised experiences into exciting in-store campaigns. In 2007, the association collaborated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to create the “Definitive 200,” a ranked list of the 200 albums and soundtracks that should be in every music collection.
More recently, Donio worked with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to revive the “Give the Gift of Music” campaign in May 2010, which provides consumers with ideas on how to give music – both CDs and digital formats – as gifts, and providing retailers support materials that highlight “giftable” titles. In 2012, the two organizations launched WhyMusicMatters.com, a comprehensive one-stop educational guide for fans looking for information about digital music services and other online retail outlets where they can find their favorite music.
Music Biz also continues to be strong supporter of Record Store Day, held every third Saturday in April since 2007, and their organization’s newer event, Back to Black Friday, held after Thanksgiving, bringing together independently owned record stores and artists to celebrate the art of music with exclusive releases and live in-store performances.
Donio has also revitalized Music Biz’s annual convention, making it the definitive gathering for about 1,000 executives engaged in the business of music in the United States. Donio has also worked to expand Music Biz’s event offerings beyond the convention, introducing the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series in 2010 and a regular schedule of webinars on a diverse variety of topics of interest in the industry.
Donio also finds time to participate in other industry events. In 2009, he was a keynote speaker at the TM Forum’s Management World Americas and was a panelist at MediaTech’s Future of Packaged Media as well as Digital Music Forum East. He has also spoken at the Jazz Connect Conference and the Americana Music Festival & Conference. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University’s Music Business program, and he has also guest lectured to students at NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music and Drexel University.
Donio worked his way up through Music Biz since joining the organization 26 years ago as Director of Creative Services. In 1991, he added PR and marketing functions to his Music Biz resume and was promoted to the position of Communications Director. In 1995, he took on oversight of Music Biz’s conventions and conferences as Vice President of Communications & Events. In 2000, he was elevated to Executive Vice President, adding most of the organization’s day-to-day administrative and operational responsibilities to his job description, before assuming the top job in 2004.
Prior to joining Music Biz, Donio held a variety of editorial, PR, and event-related positions for the Association of Information Systems Professionals (AISP), an international individual membership organization focused on the needs of office systems professionals.
A Philadelphia native, Donio earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Temple University. He has been involved in the city’s Mummers Parade tradition since his college days and has supported the Mummers Museum since it opened in 1976. This folk tradition, one of the oldest in the country, celebrates the New Year with elaborately costumed participants, songs, and dancing. Jim has participated in a variety of ways, including as a musician, costume designer, choreographer, and television commentator, and won a local Emmy Award in 1986 for “Outstanding Cultural Programming” for his coverage of the event.
Donio has also acted professionally, and if you look closely, you can see him in the movies “Mannequin,” “Clean & Sober,” and “Stealing Home.” The first record he recalls receiving as a gift was Meet the Monkees, which is still on his personal “Definitive 200” list.
As Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development, Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the Music Business Association (Music Biz), including initiatives and working groups related to metadata and startups. A music industry professional with over two decades of experience working in varied roles within independent and major record labels, internet ventures, and mobile content, he brings a well-rounded perspective to the industry trade association. His efforts have led to the creation of user-friendly resources such as the Metadata Style Guide, API Directory, Association infographics, Music Biz Consumer Insights platform, and Music Startup Network as well as the traveling Music Startup Academy event series. From 1989 to 2004, Wilson founded and ran Blackout! Records, which began as a NYC hardcore imprint and evolved to include releases from such notable acts as Guided By Voices, H2O, and Kill Your Idols. He has also worked with Atlantic Records, MCA Records, Relativity Records, Caroline Distribution, Dot Blockchain Music, Earache Records, Dubset, Cellfish, Qwire, and more.