Music Biz And Record Store Day Join Forces For Virtual Couch Camp

The Music Business Association and Record Store Day are co-hosting a virtual Couch Camp educational conference, set for Tuesday, June 2-5 via Zoom. This online event will take the place of Record Store Day’s annual Summer Camp program.

Each day will consist of three hours of programming starting at 3 p.m. ET, including a mix of webinar presentations, roundtable discussions, and more, all culminating in a cocktail party on June 5. Retail store attendees can expect presentations from Patreon, eBay, Instagram, Facebook, Shopify, Broadtime and more, as well as roundtable discussions on subjects including social media best practices, leadership in the time of COVID-19, and financial planning.

“The independent retail community has been impacted in unprecedented ways this year, but continues to show its resilience in the face of adversity,” said Music Biz president Portia Sabin. “We’re thrilled to partner with Record Store Day to bring Couch Camp to life, and arm this community with the knowledge, tools and connections they need to weather this storm.”

“While we are saddened that we won’t be able to gather in person for RSD Summer Camp this year, we’re grateful to Music Biz for helping us put on this essential online forum,” shared Record Store Day Co-Founder Carrie Colliton. “Couch Camp will allow us an opportunity to gather and meet and reconnect with our peers in the retail scene, and examine both the business and personal sides of running a successful record store in 2020.”

Music Biz previously announced it would cancel its in-person Annual Conference due to ongoing concerns around the COVID-19 health crisis in favor of virtual programming and networking opportunities including the upcoming Couch Camp.

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