Music Biz Announces Full Agenda for Indie Music Forum

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and co-organizer Hypebot have announced the full agenda for this year’s “Indie Music Forum powered by Hypebot,” set for May 18th. The forum is part of the Music Biz 2017 convention at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville which will be held May 15-18th.

The Indie Music Forum will include a Keynote Conversation with Richard James Burgess, Ph.D., CEO of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), a trade organization representing over 400 independently-owned record labels. Burgess will share how his experiences as an artist, musician, producer, composer, manager, educator, inventor, and label executive inform his advocacy for independent labels and artists.

Other sessions include Authentic Artist Branding Bootcamp, led by Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing, CD Baby, and Chris Robley, Editor, CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog; and What’s Your Deal? Understanding Recording Agreements in 2017, moderated by Jamie Starling, Director of Business & Legal Affairs, Entertainment One and including Molly Shehan, Associate, Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley, PLC and Chris Taylor, President, Entertainment One Music.

For more information or to register for Music Biz 2017, visit A special rate of $249 is available for first-time artists, songwriters, managers, and independent labels.



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