A2IM’s LA chapter welcomed NARM with our annual Pink Taco happy hour mixer on the Monday of the Music Biz conference. This year’s mixer was co-hosted by A2IM associate members finetunes and Musicmetric and was attended by approximately 150 A2IM members eating, drinking and sharing good conversation.
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Music Biz 2013: Open DDEX Meeting
Attendance is FREE of charge and you DO NOT have to be a NARM Music Biz delegate
Wednesday, 8th May 2013: 14:00 – 17:30 – Directors I and II Rooms
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel – 2025 Avenue of the Stars - Los Angeles, CA 90067
Digital Data Exchange, LLC (“DDEX”), in conjunction with NARM and digitalmusic.org, is pleased to announce that it is holding an Open Meeting in the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles as part of the Music Biz 2013 conference programme. As well as providing a general overview of DDEX and its standards, the meeting will focus on the subject of “Royalty and usage reporting to music publishers in the US market”. As such this meeting is a must for music publishers and digital retailers.
DDEX (www.ddex.net) is a consortium of leading media companies, music licensing organizations, digital service providers and technical intermediaries, focused on the creation of digital supply chain standards. DDEX has standardized the format in which information is represented in XML messages and the method by which the messages are exchanged between business partners to support the automated exchange of information along the digital supply chain. These standards are developed and made available for industry-wide implementation. DDEX standards help rightsholders, retailers and technical intermediaries to more effectively communicate information along the digital supply chain. This leads to efficient business transactions, reduced costs and increased revenues for all sectors involved.
The agenda will include:
• A general introduction to DDEX
• A requirements gathering session
• Agreeing next steps
Attendance is FREE of charge and you DO NOT have to be a delegate @ MusicBiz 2013 to attend
Register by emailing email@example.com
Monday, May 6, through Thursday, May 9
Los Angeles Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Music Biz 2013, presented by NARM and digitalmusic.org, offers attendees the chance to participate in face-to-face meetings and brainstorming sessions that will generate the ideas that will make a difference for everyone’s bottom lines in the future. The purpose of Music Biz 2013 is to bring labels and distribution together with the commerce community, artists and managers to confront the critical issues that drive the business forward. If you are committed to innovation and entrepreneurial excellence, make sure your brain power is around the table.
A2IM is having a LA Chapter Reception on Monday Night at Pink Taco next to the hotel. This is a members only event. RSVP Required. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank our sponsors MusicMetric and finetunes.
A2IM Label Member Registration Discount Info:
Of course, the Music Biz 2013 schedule is also loaded with:
- 4 days of educational and informational programming;
- 3 networking events complete with food and beverage;
- Artist appearances, acoustic performances, award presentations;
- And much more!
Take a look at just a few of the program highlights:
- Prescheduled One-One-One Meetings with buyers and senior executives from digital and physical retail and distribution partners.
- Independent Label Meet-Up – Diverse Revenue Streams: Organized by A2IM, these panels will aim to provide real-world examples of how to increase revenues from streaming services and grow your business outside for the United States.
- Music Biz Academy: A mix of our popular Music Business Crash Course and Music Startup Academy, this two-day program is specifically designed for labels, artists, managers, music biz students, app developers and startups as they learn to navigate the music business ecosystem.
- Breakout Sessions that focus on defining the fan versus the consumer and marketing the the constantly connected fan.
For the full Music Biz 2013 schedule, visit musicbiz2013.com.
Be a part of the over 96% of attendees who continue to tell NARM year after year that the event was worth the investment of their time and resources! Registration details are below:
At Music Biz 2013, NARM will present Record Store Day with the 2013 Independent Spirit Award. The honor celebrates those whose innovative thinking, entrepreneurship, and success in their business dealings have helped grow and enhance the business of independent music for both retailers and content providers. If you would like to personally congratulate Record Store Day on this honor, consider an ad in the Music Biz 2013 Official Guide program book. Special discounts apply: $800 for a full-page and $400 for a half-page. Complete the second page of this form, to reserve your space.
ONLINE RETAILERS & MAJOR MUSIC COMPANIES LAUNCH NEW GUIDE TO DIGITAL MUSIC SERVICES
www.whymusicmatters.com aims to be fan-friendly, one-stop educational website for digital music Nokia, eMusic, J&R Music & others, along with indie labels, offer support for new authoritative site
WASHINGTON, D.C. and MARLTON, N.J.– Against the backdrop of an ever-expanding digital marketplace boasting a wide variety of authorized music services, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with NARM, the music business association, and its affiliated organization digitalmusic.org, today jointly launched the “Why Music Matters” website in the United States (www.whymusicmatters.com), a comprehensive one-stop educational guide for fans looking for information about digital music services and other online retail outlets where they can find their favorite music.
Whymusicmatters.com provides fans with a helpful “grid” to learn about 50+ (and growing) online music outlets available in the United States. This includes services such as mp3 download stores, audio and video streaming services, various mobile phone offerings, digital radio outlets, services that sell physical CDs and LPs online and more.
On whymusicmatters.com, fans can learn how these different options work and discover which is the best fit for their music listening habits, with the ability to click through to the sites themselves for quick and easy access. Developed by the organizations for the major music companies, music retailers and ecommerce companies, based on original work done by industry colleagues at BPI in the United Kingdom, the website also includes a popular feature of the original U.K. and Australian/New Zealand versions of the Why Music Matters sites: various educational videos about the value of music featuring artists such as Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Jay-Z, Janis Joplin, Kate Bush, Thin Lizzy and others.
“The music community has transformed how it does business, and the launch of the Why Music Matters site is another great milestone in that evolution,” said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. “For the first time, in 2011 digital music revenues surpassed those generated from physical sales and that marker was reached because of a breathtaking array of services and platforms embraced by music companies. We understand that with so many options for accessing music online, users are eager for more information about which services are legitimate and what kinds of functionality they offer. That’s why we’re excited to be partnering with NARM and digitalmusic.org to launch whymusicmatters.com, which will hopefully make it easier for fans to access and discover sites that offer their favorite music.”
“We’re grateful to our colleagues at BPI for creating Music Matters in 2010, followed by versions in Australia and New Zealand. We’re pleased to be able to expand the brand to the United States,” added Sherman.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with the RIAA to launch Why Music Matters. NARM and digitalmusic.org are all about making it easier for fans to get to the music they want, when they want it, and whymusicmatters.com provides them a single, convenient place to survey the legitimate online options that are available in the U.S.,” said NARM President Jim Donio. “With oversight from both our organization and the RIAA, Why Music Matters is almost a ‘Better Business Bureau’ for music on the Internet, and we hope it will increase music fans’ comfort with online music and help promote even more growth in that area.”
“The U.S. music market is vibrant and provides a wealth of choice for consumers looking to discover and explore music. We’re thrilled to put Nokia Music and Mix Radio at the heart of Why Music Matters and share our innovation with the advances taking place throughout the ecosystem,” said Jonathan Dworkin, Nokia’s Global Head of Business Affairs & Strategy, Entertainment. “Our U.S. and Global footprint brings a unique perspective, and it’s exciting to join the collaboration between NARM and the RIAA in educating consumers about the best services for their needs.”
“Without a doubt, the number one frustration music fans have with digital music stores is their lack of a personalized way to discover new music,” said Adam Klein, President and CEO, eMusic. “With catalogs ranging from 15 to 30 million tracks, it can be extremely difficult to find the music most relevant to each individual. Why Music Matters is playing a critical role in addressing this important issue, and we enthusiastically support this initiative.”
“Whymusicmatters.com will be a vital tool for music retailers and fans, and I am thrilled that the RIAA, NARM, and digitalmusic.org could come together to create this informational database,” said Rachelle Friedman, Chair of the NARM Board of Directors and CEO of J&R Music & Computer World. “I am particularly pleased at the inclusion of all the Record Store Day participants who are not only active with their physical stores but have active website presence as well, giving people more options as they look for music online.”
Said Rich Bengloff, President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), “In the digital realm as long as our artists’ fans are provided with choices as to how to access the music they want, our fans will support music creators by using sites and services that respect the rights of creators. We applaud the Music Matters website as providing both education for fans and a guide to authorized services.”
The services and retail outlets listed on whymusicmatters.com are offered online or via a mobile carrier. All listed services have an agreement with at least one of the three major record companies in the United States and most offer significant catalogs of independent music. A service will be listed even if it does not have agreements with all three major record companies so long as the service is not using the copyrighted music of a major record company without authorization. The list also includes services that have signed up for the statutory license available to certain types of radio services, such as SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. For more information on how the services were selected and how a service can be added to the site, please visit http://whymusicmatters.com/pages/faq.
NARM will again be holding their annual convention in Los Angeles this year at the Los Angeles Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. In addition to participating in NARM, A2IM will also be holding two member only events during the convention. We encourage all A2IM members in L.A. to come as well as encourage A2IM members from outside of L.A. who have business in L.A. to try to come to L.A. during that period.
A2IM Events that require no NARM Registration:
- Monday May 7th- A2IM L.A. Chapter/NARM Attendee Reception from 6:30-9:30 at Pink Taco at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, CA (right in the shopping center next to the above NARM hotel), your staff are welcome, please RSVP now! Big thanks to our sponsor, Spotify!!!
- Tuesday May 8th- A2IM L.A. Label Chapter/NARM Attendees Meeting from 11AM-1PM- A2IM member meeting (limited to 1-2 representatives per label) – update on A2IM initiatives and feedback from members Los Angeles Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel at 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Brentwood Room please RSVP now.
NARM 2011 again has a very full agenda focused on the new music business with something for everyone. A2IM participation includes:
- Monday May 7th from 3 to 5 and Tuesday May 8th from 1:30-3:30 we will have the annual one-on-one meetings for labels to meet with retailers and technology companies, sign-ups will start shortly.
- Wednesday May 9th, from 8:30-10:45 the NARM breakfast will include the presentation of the Independent Spirit Award to A2IM founding member and Epitaph founder Brett Gurewitz and Topspin Media’s Ian Rogers will bring his ‘This Week in Music’ web series live to the Music Biz 2012 stage. If you wish to take an ad honoring Brett discounts are available.
- Wednesday, May 9th from 2:00-3:30 A2IM will host label meet-up panels on the independent label business and the current government regulation controversy over control over the Internet. Member panelists will Beggars Group, Dangerbird Records, eMusic, Hopeless Records, Kill Rock Stars, Nettwerk Records, Side One Dummy and Topspin. More on the panel agenda.
Registration information is HERE, and please call Jim or Rich for more information and we hope to see you soon.
A2IM is hosting an LA chapter cocktail mixer on Monday, May 7th at Pink Taco located in the Westfield Century City Mall.
A2IM is hosting an LA chapter cocktail mixer on Monday, May 7th at Pink Taco located in the Westfield Century City Mall.
We need a head count so please RSVP HERE if you plan on attending.
Who: A2IM Members
What: Informal Cocktail Party Mixer – FREE beer, wine & Mexican finger foods
When: Monday, May 7th beginning at 6:30pm
A Big Thanks To Our Sponsor Spotify!