Music Biz 2019, Nashville TN

Day 2 Was A Huge Success At The 

Music Biz 2019 Conference In Nashville

Longtime event sponsor CMA presented a special Country music-focused program following breakfast, with inspiring performances by three of today’s most talented rising female stars of Country: Kassi AshtonDanielle Bradbery, and Cassadee Pope. Set up as an artist round, each of these unique artists took turns sharing the stories behind their songs and performing them in an intimate acoustic style.

After the performances, Music Biz President James Donio addressed the room with his annual conference speech, sharing some inspiring points about the music business and the Music Biz Conference:  “What inspires you about your life in and around music and this business?  Is there something that makes you excited every day? What is it that, along the lines of what Taylor Swift sings in her newest song, “ME!,” makes this industry and all of our related professions “one of the things that’s not like the others.”

“Whoever you are, and wherever your inspiration comes from, the Annual Music Biz Conference was designed to help YOU along your music business journey. I know I have been inspired each and every day of the past 31 years by the chance to work for, and ultimately lead, an organization with the unique opportunity to be at the nexus of these, and so many other inspiring reasons, to want to be a part of the music business.”

“By the end of our program, I sincerely hope you will leave with the tools that will transform you into the kind of professional that inspires all those you interact with.”

Later in the afternoon, Richard Gottehrer, founder of The Orchard gave a powerful keynote for the Indie Artist & Songwriter Forum.

A day full of workshops and panels ended with a Featured Presentation Keynote by CEO of Def Jam Recordings and veteran artist manager Paul Rosenberg.Rosenberg discussed his professional journey, experience in both the management and label arenas, and his vision for the future of the industry at large with Joe Levy, Content Strategist/Editor/Writer/Host.

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The Music Biz 2019 Conference will continue through May 8th at the 

JW Marriott in Nashville.

Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope, James Donio, President of Music Business Association  

and Kassi Ashton 

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Paul Rosenberg of Def Jam Recordings, James Donio, President of Music Business Association, Joe Levy and Scott Maness, VP of Digital Sales, Def Jam

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Day 2 of the Music Biz Conference started off with attendees getting an insider’s view of the “#NextGen_Now 2.0: Young Voices” of the music business. Rosa Asciolla from Spotify gave amazing advice telling everyone to, “Find your professional North Star and your personal North Star and then align everything else in your life to get to those two stars.” Attendees were also told to surround themselves with people that trust them and that want to work with their vision. For those attendees who went over to the “Radio SuperSession” were treated with a great look into the future of radio. One very important thing that continually was brought up was that radio is here to stay and that streaming services and radio should, can, and does co-exist together. Listening habits are changing as we are seeing play lists put together with all different types of genres in them. Later in the afternoon the panel for “Music Business and Addiction: How Music Hurts The Artist and How It Heals” took a nose dive into talking about a topic that many stray away from. It is something that isn’t talked about enough and is a conversation that for some reason is just now starting to really get talked about. Attendees learned how addiction is about escapism and trying to mute the negative emotions in one’s life. Joseph Gorordo from Recovery Unplugged spoke about how you have to learn to feel emotion and listening to music can help with that on more than one level. Not only can you lean in to music and feel the emotions through music, it also generates dopamine and serotonin that your brain can lack when leaning on an addiction. Doc McGhee from McGhee Entertainment spoke in great detail about really taking ownership for what’s going on in your life with addiction and what you need to do to stay healthy and happy. It was a super informative panel that the attendees were able to take a lot away from. Many attendees went over to the “Finding Your Fanbase: Starting, Managing, and Growing A Fan Club In The Digital Age” to learn more on connecting more with fans. T-Bird from The Zamily (Zac Brown Fan Club) gave some great insight on what has really worked for Zac Brown Band’s fan club and how everyone can learn from that success. One thing that really stuck out was that they have REALLY worked hard on that fan to artist relationship on all levels. You don’t realize sometimes just how impactful things such as greeting fans at each show can really be.The night ended with a great discussion with Paul Rosenberg from Def Jam Recordings and Joe Levy. They dove into Paul’s career from starting out in Detroit as an attorney to managing Eminem to being a partner at Shady Records to the CEO of Def Jam Recordings. It was an incredible story that certainly inspired many attendees. Paul Rosenberg gave great advice when he said, “The difference between good and great is in the details. Take time to tweak the fine details to what you want because it will be worth it in the long run.” They also spoke about the 35th Anniversary of Def Jam Recordings and some of the things coming up this year to look forward to with it. A highlight was being shown the very first sales reel for Def Jam Recordings that had the young Beastie Boys and LL Cool J among others in it. The “Undisputed” album and documentary of sorts was also brought up revolving around 17 new artists that Def Jam Recordings signed that is sure to excite fans of Hip-Hop around the globe. They have it broken into 8 episodes on YouTube that has almost 30 million views combined! The whole discussion was a great ending for the day and gave some insight into the world of Hip-Hop, Def Jam Recordings, and Paul Rosenberg‘s career as a whole.

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(L-R) Derrick Aroh and Rosa Asciolla (#NextGen_Now 2.0: Young Voices, High Industry Impact)

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(L-R) Cherie Hu, Derrick Aroh, Rosa Asciolla, and Cassadee Pope  (#NextGen_Now 2.0: Young Voices, High Industry Impact)

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Cassadee Pope  (#NextGen_Now 2.0: Young Voices, High Industry Impact)

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Doc McGhee (Music Business and Addiction: How Music Hurts The Artist and How It Heals)

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Double Duty With Paul Rosenberg, Def Jam Recordings

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(L-R) Paul Rosenberg and Joe Levy(Double Duty With Paul Rosenberg, Def Jam Recordings)

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(L-R) Paul Rosenberg and Joe Levy(Double Duty With Paul Rosenberg, Def Jam Recordings)

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Paul Rosenberg (Double Duty With Paul Rosenberg, Def Jam Recordings)

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Danielle Bradbery performing at the CMA Opening Breakfast at the 2019 Music Biz Conference

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Cassadee Pope performing at the CMA Opening Breakfast at the 2019 Music Biz Conference.

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Kassi Ashton performing at the CMA Opening Breakfast at the 2019 Music Biz Conference.

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MetaData: Panel discussion for Key Note Presentation:  The Ladies of Metadata Shed Light On How We Got to Now.

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Packaging:  Panel Discussion for The Ins and Outs of Killer Physical Packaging.

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Panel on Emotional Intelligence: Your Ultimate Leadership Differentiator.

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Panel on Emotional Intelligence: Your Ultimate Leadership Differentiator.

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T-Bird, creator of the Zac Brown Fan Club and panel presenter for Finding Your Fanbase:  Starting, Managing and Growing a Fan Club In the Digital Age.

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Jackie Augustus and Jennifer “T-Bird” Gabriel leading a discussion on growing and running a successful fan base.

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