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Nashville hosts the 2016 Music Biz conference

The 2016 Music Biz Conference was held in Nashville for its second year. The event was part of the Music Business Association, known as a non-profit membership organization that advances and promotes music commerce.
Music Biz President James Donio (center) presents the Artist of the Year Award to Little Big Town
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Mayor Megan Barry welcomed the conference saying, “Music is an integral part of Nashville’s DNA and we are excited that Music Biz has assembled industry leaders from across the globe to congregate in the heart of Music City."

The conference delivered for anyone who worked or touched music business with a collection of seminars, meetings, music and parties.

According to James Donio, Music Business Association President, “Music Biz represents nearly 500 different types of companies and organizations with 200 speakers from every facet of the business. It is a unique chance over three days, to meet and be met.”

There were seminars going on throughout the Convention center for three days. After attending a few of the seminars there was insight gained on the direction of digital media, discovering new artists and genres we have in Music City, artist management, forward thinking business models in sync licensing and streaming promotions, Nielsen’s new music tool to help record labels and artists track their reach on various levels and so much more.

Favorite discussion: The Nashville is Not Just Country Music: Music City Rhythm Panel and Showcase

This panel provided information on Nashville’s growth through other genres of music in the urban market versus the stereotypical country music. It provided evidence of Nashville’s growth on the music scene with key local industry players and artists.

The moderator Thalia Ewing of Muziqueen Music Group & Sony/ATV organized and lead this discussion with panelists: Shawn Carnes of Nashville Underground Entertainment, Grammy/Emmy award-wining songwriter and producer Shannon Sanders, CEO of Chiminus Enterprises and Managing Partner of Lovenoise Group Eric Holt and Jim Lidestri CEO/Founder of Border City Music Group and BuzzAngle Music.

There was even a bonus with a showcase with performances from Kiya Lacey, D Powers and Laura Reed.

Thalia Ewing shared, "I'm glad people were expressively engaged in the conversation and having amazing live talent to represent the community in a showcase was the highlight ! I hope to continue the conversation and help bridge the gap between Music Row and Nashville's urban music community."

In addition, the networking was great at the conference. There were people in attendance from across the globe. Multiple people expressed their love and appreciation of Nashville and desire to relocate to the city.

Of course, the last day offered excitement with a beautiful award luncheon sponsored by Dropbox. There were plenty of great artists in the room.

Award winners included: Breakthrough Artist Award recipient Halsey who was ecstatic as she admitted it was first award she won ever (Sam Hunt also won but didn’t attend due to illness), Artist of the Year Award went to Little Big Town, Chairman Award winner for Sustained Creative Achievement went to Rock and Roll Hall of fame group Cheap Trick and TJ Martell Foundation won for the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award.

Earlier in the week the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement was presented to John Esposito of WMN and President to the CMA Board, Board Member of TJ Martell Foundation, Country Radio Broadcasters, Nashville Music Council and Governor of Nashville chapter of NARAS.

Overall, the Music Biz conference was a wonderful event and great time for all who attended. There was so much knowledge and empowerment offered.

For more information on the 2016 Music Biz conference visit Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @musicbizassoc.

KT Highlights of the conference would be:
• Great networking opportunities with key players in the music, technology and social media spectrum
• AWARD Luncheon
• Great panel discussion topics ( Social Music Monetization: Meet the New Class, Nashville is Not Just Country Music: Music City Rhythm Panel and Showcase)
• Internship/Career Networking
• Great LIVE performances /concerts/parties
• Freebies (There were plenty of swag bags, earbuds, T-shirts, notepads, and most important music to go around.)
• Artists/Celebrities- There were plenty of A-list celebrities on the roster at the award ceremony ( Halsey, Little Big Town, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Cheap Trick and Sam Hunt( who was ill and didn’t make it)