Music Biz Cancels 2020 Conference In Nashville

This year’s Music Biz conference has been canceled, the Music Business Association announced on Wednesday (May 20). The conference had previously been slated for Aug. 16-19, 2020 at JW Marriott Nashville, after being postponed from its original May event.

“The COVID-19 crisis has created conditions that we feel will not safely allow us to offer the in-person experience Music Biz Conference attendees are used to, thus we sadly announce the cancellation of our 2020 physical event,” commented Music Biz President Portia Sabin. “However, we plan to follow up the success of our Music Biz LIVE series by virtually offering segments of our Conference through the rest of the year. This is a challenging time for our global industry, but it has created an opportunity for Music Biz to offer our programming in exciting new ways and to bring our community together despite our physical separation.”

Music Biz will continue conference staples including Metadata Summit, Entertainment & Tech Law Conference, #NEXTGEN_Now, Financial Literacy Summit, The Future Is Now new music tech experience, Indie Artist & Songwriter Forum, Podcasting Summit, and Brand & Strategic Partnership Summit as virtual sessions. It also plans to integrate breakout programming on more niche topics including catalog releases, music fan experiences, building a release team and more into its Common Ground Webinar Series. Details on all these initiatives will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

In addition, with the cancellation of Record Store Day’s Summer Camp program, as well as the Town Hall panel at Music Biz 2020, Music Biz will co-host Record Store Day Couch Camp, an online educational program for independent retailers taking place June 2 – June 5.

The 2021 Music Biz Conference will be held at the JW Marriott Nashville on May 10-13, 2021.


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