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Sunday, May 5


Featured Presentation: Turning the Tides with Zane Lowe, Apple Music/Beats 1
The tables are turned in this Featured Presentation as Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, known for his artist interviews across a number of mediums, will give a keynote interview to discuss his rise to prominence in the music business and his vision for our ever-changing industry in the years to come.

The GRAMMY-nominated producer and DJ and has an established career in music broadcasting, first at MTV UK and XFM. He then served 13 years as the host of BBC Radio 1’s New Music show before moving to Los Angeles to join Apple Music in 2015. He is now Global Head of Artist Relations and Host for Apple Music, leading Apple Music’s artist relations team for the world and overseeing Apple Music’s global livestream, Beats 1.

Zane will be interviewed by Hayley Williams, lead vocalist and co-writer of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Paramore. Hayley is also the founder of Good Dye Young, the hair color brand with a vision to create community around self-expression, color and happiness about being who you are.

Zane Lowe, Apple Music/Beats 1

Hayley Williams, Paramore/Good Dye Young

Hayley Williams photo taken by Phoenix Johnson.

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Hayley Williams

Lead Vocalist/Founder, Paramore/Good Dye Young
Hayley Williams photo taken by Phoenix Johnson.Hayley Williams is the lead vocalist and co-writer of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Paramore. Hayley is also the founder of Good Dye Young, the hair color brand with a vision to create community around self-expression, color and happiness... Read More →

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Zane Lowe

Global Head of Artist Relations and Host, Apple Music
GRAMMY-nominated producer and DJ Zane Lowe is the Global Head of Artist Relations for Apple Music. In addition to leading Apple Music’s artist relations team for the world, Lowe oversees Beats 1, Apple Music’s global livestream, where he serves as one of the anchor hosts, broadcasting... Read More →

Sunday May 5, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Griffin Ballroom


WEA Opening Cocktail Party
A day packed with panels, presentations, workshops, meetups and meetings has ended — it's time to celebrate with a breath of fresh air out by the rooftop pool! Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while taking in the sights of downtown Nashville, and preview some of WEA's hottest artists and upcoming releases.

Sunday May 5, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Pool Deck (3rd Floor)
Monday, May 6


CMA Opening Breakfast and Music Biz Presentations
Longtime event sponsor CMA will present a special Country music-focused program following breakfast, and the session will wrap-up with the annual address by Music Biz President James Donio.

Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association

CMA is proud to showcase an exciting and inspiring performance featuring three of today’s most talented rising female stars of Country: Kassi Ashton, Danielle Bradbery, and Cassadee Pope. Set up as an artist round, each of these unique artists will take turns sharing the stories behind their songs and performing them in an intimate acoustic style.

Kassi Ashton brought a whole new attitude of her own to country music upon arrival in 2017. Released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope, her introductory release “California, Missouri” stirred up widespread critical acclaim from Taste of Country, CMT, The Boot, and many more. She maintained momentum on the summer solo song “Taxidermy,” and was named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post and The Tennessean. She’s was also included in Bobby Bone’s Class of 2018, and she continues to defy convention and define a signature style on her 2019 single “Violins.”

Danielle Bradbery stepped into her own lane with sophomore album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, on BMLG Records. Lead single “Sway” and follow-up anthem “Worth It” led to national TV performances on NBC’s “TODAY” and “The Voice.” Bradbery recently returned to radio with “Goodbye Summer,” a fresh take on album cut “Hello Summer” with Thomas Rhett. Since getting her start winning Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice,” she’s garnered multiple ACM nominations as well as being up for CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year and CMT Performance of the Year. Bradbery is currently touring across the country after kicking off 2019 on Kane Brown’s Live Forever Tour and making her Australian debut at the CMC Rocks music festival.

Over the past five years, Cassadee Pope has told her story of triumph and personal setbacks through music. As the winner of Season 3 of NBC’s “The Voice,” Pope has experienced many highs and several lows. Her first full-length debut album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country chart and secured a top 10 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Platinum-selling single “Wasting All These Tears” gained recognition with CMT’s Breakthrough Video of the Year. She’s also received nominations at the ACM Awards and People’s Choice Awards, among many others. Her 2016 hit with Chris Young, “Think of You,” went No. 1 and garnered a 2017 Grammy nod. Her most recent album, Stages, represents an astonishing leap for Pope that tells an important chapter in her tale. Currently, Pope is headlining the CMT Next Women of Country Tour and celebrating the current stage of her life, feeling confident and stronger than ever.

Following CMA’s program, Music Biz President James Donio will update attendees on the state of the industry and highlight Music Biz’s top initiatives for 2018 and what to expect from the Association in 2019 and beyond. Music Biz Board Chairman Steve Harkins of Baker & Taylor will welcome the 2019-2020 Music Biz Board of Directors and announce the Scholarship Foundation Class of 2019.

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James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association. Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the current music... Read More →
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Steve Harkins

VP of Sales & Marketing/Chairman, Ingram Entertainment/Music Business Association
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Sarah Trahern

CEO, Country Music Association (CMA)
Sarah Trahern has more than 30 years of experience in the television business, including 21 years producing or overseeing Country programming. Today, she is the CEO of the esteemed Country Music Association (CMA), which was formed in 1958 as the first trade group to promote a single... Read More →

Monday May 6, 2019 8:00am - 10:30am
Griffin Ballroom


Featured Presentation: Double Duty with Paul Rosenberg, Def Jam Recordings
CEO of Def Jam Recordings and veteran artist manager Paul Rosenberg will keynote at a Featured Presentation, where he will discuss his professional journey, experience in both the management and label arenas, and his vision for the future of the industry at large.

An accomplished attorney, Rosenberg is also the founder and CEO of Goliath Artists Inc. — the New York-based management firm that handles the career of global Hip-Hop superstar Eminem and other recording artists including Detroit’s Danny Brown. He also continues to oversee Shady Records, the boutique record label he launched in 1999 with Eminem that has released breakthrough albums by such Hip-Hop acts as 50 Cent, D12 and Bad Meets Evil (Eminem’s collaboration with Royce Da 5’9”). Rosenberg has also served as a producer on films including 8 Mile, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, and Southpaw.

Paul Rosenberg

Joe Levy, Content Strategist/Editor/Writer/Host

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Joe Levy

Content Strategist, Editor, Writer, Host
Joe Levy is a Content Strategist, Editor, Writer and Podcast host. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone, where he served as Executive Editor from 1997 to 2007. Levy was the former Editor of Billboard, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal... Read More →

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Paul Rosenberg

CEO, Def Jam Recordings
Detroit native Paul Rosenberg began 2018 on the cover of Billboard’s annual Power 100 issue, alongside his longtime friend, partner and client Eminem. Rosenberg - one of the music industry’s most prominent artist managers and label executives thanks to a combination of sharp business... Read More →

Monday May 6, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Griffin Ballroom


J.P. Morgan Cocktail Party
Does a day full of weighty discussions about “metadata who?” and “licensing what?” have your head spinning? Come decompress in the Griffin Ballroom Foyer after the day’s Featured Presentation with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by JP Morgan!

Monday May 6, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffin Ballroom Foyer
Tuesday, May 7


Awards Dinner Red Carpet
Stop by the Red Carpet early to see this year’s star-studded Music Biz Award recipients and Music Business Hall of Fame inductees as they make their way to this year’s Awards Dinner event.

Tuesday May 7, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Griffin Ballroom Foyer


Music Biz Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner Sponsored by BuzzAngle Music, City National Bank, Cracker Barrel, Jammber and TiVo
Doors open at 7 pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. The program will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. All attendees must present badge for entrance for security purposes. There will be no exceptions.

Every year, Music Biz gathers to celebrate the artistic, executive and philanthropic achievements of those in our industry who continue to push the bar of excellence forward. Join us as we celebrate those artists whose music has impacted the lives of countless fans, those industry executives who have helped pave a path of sustained success for the industry as a whole, and those among us who strive to make our world a better place through their platform.

Receiving honors at the event will be Bebe Rexha and Kane Brown (Breakthrough Artist Awards); Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman (Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement); industry innovator, songwriter, and Co-Founder of The Orchard Richard Gottehrer (Outstanding Achievement Award); Record Archive owners Richard Storms and Alayna Alderman (Independent Spirit Award); Darius Rucker (Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award); and Peter Frampton (Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement).

This year’s ceremony will see the induction of the late Sir George Martin into the Music Business Hall of Fame by his son Giles Martin. The 2019 Hall of Fame class also includes major labels Atlantic Records and Capitol Records; independent label Sub Pop; industry executives Ahmet Ertegun, Herb Abramson and Miriam Abramson; music industry landmarks the Apollo Theatre, CBGB, Hitsville U.S.A., Sun Studio, and the Troubadour; and Rolling Stone magazine.

Tuesday May 7, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Griffin Ballroom


Official Music Biz Awards After Party Powered by Symphonic [FURTHER RSVP REQUIRED]
Join Symphonic and the best in the music industry as we host the official Music Biz Awards After Party. Enjoy drinks, snacks, and rooftop views at Acme Feed & Seed on us while you celebrate the executive and creative achievements highlighted at Music Biz 2019.

Open to all Music Biz Conference badge holders, we only request that you RSVP at the link provided.

Tuesday May 7, 2019 10:30pm - Wednesday May 8, 2019 1:00am
Acme Feed & Seed 101 Broadway
Wednesday, May 8


Featured Presentation: Inside the Lives of Power Duo Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown, and Jacqueline Saturn, President of Caroline
In a joint interview, President of Motown Records/EVP of Capitol Records Ethiopia Habtemariam and President of Caroline Jacqueline Saturn will discuss how their individual professional journeys to the top and their creative collaborations on important projects, and how they have lent their voices to ensure a bright and prosperous future for women across the business.

In her current role as President of Motown Records, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019, Habtemariam is the highest ranking African-American woman within Universal Music Group. She is responsible for revitalizing the coveted label, and has been strategic in utilizing Motown as a platform partner for entrepreneurs that operate in the same spirit and legacy of Berry Gordy.

Based in Hollywood's iconic Capitol Tower, Saturn is President of Caroline, Capitol Music Group's indie label services division. Under Saturn's leadership, Caroline doubled its U.S. market share to more than three percent in a year’s time and scored several No. 1s on the Billboard 200 over a 14-month period.

Gail Mitchell, Billboard

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Gail Mitchell

Executive Director, Billboard
Gail Mitchell serves as Billboard’s Executive Director of R&B/Hip-Hop in addition to writing and reporting about music business news for the magazine and online. Mitchell has moderated panels and Q&A’s for industry organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, the Recording Academy, the GRAMMY... Read More →

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Ethiopia Habtemariam

President/EVP, Motown Records/Capitol Records
Ethiopia Habtemariam is the President of Motown Records and EVP of Capitol Records. In her role with Capitol, she is responsible for revitalizing the coveted label that hosts cultural hit makers such as Ne-Yo, KEM and Erykah Badu, as well as musical groundbreakers like BJ The Chicago... Read More →
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Jacqueline Saturn

President, Caroline
Based in Hollywood’s iconic Capitol Tower, Jacqueline Saturn is President of Caroline, Capitol Music Group’s indie label services division. The promotions veteran, who previously held the title of GM at Caroline, leads the division’s 50-person team in the US and oversees all... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffin Ballroom


As a Music Biz badge holder, you are admitted into this event for free. All we ask is you RSVP to Tom Truitt at TomT@BuffkinBaker.com. The event takes place at City Winery; doors at 6:00, program at 7:00.

For the 4th year in a row, WHO KNEW is thrilled to close out the Music Biz Conference with an amazing lineup of accomplished music executives each delivering a 10 minute “TED Talk” about their careers. This special WHO KNEW is our annual Women Who Rock event and we are pleased to present this lineup:

  • Shannan Hatch — VP of Creative Services at SESAC PRO
  • Cherie Hu — Music Business Journalist
  • Neeta Ragoowansi — Co-Founder and SVP of Business Development & Legal Affairs, NPREX
  • Amy Kurland — Founder, The Bluebird Cafe
  • Toni Wallace — Head of Music Brand Partnerships, United Talent Agency
  • Rachel Whitney — Country Music Programming Lead, YouTube/Google Play
  • Heather McBee (Emcee) — VP of Operations, Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Musical Guest – The Shindellas

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Heather McBee

VP of Operations, Nashville Entrepreneur Center

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Neeta Ragoowansi

President, MMF and SVP, Business Development & Legal Affairs, NPREX, MMF and NPREX
Neeta Ragoowansi is Co-Founder and SVP of Business Development & Legal Affairs for NPREX (National Performing Rights Exchange), the first-ever online marketplace for direct licensing of performance rights with the ability to bundle mechanical and sync between music copyright owners... Read More →
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Shannan Hatch

VP of Creative Services, SESAC
Shannan Hatch serves as VP of Creative Services for SESAC PRO, a subsidiary of SESAC Holdings, Inc.  In this role, she leads the Nashville-based Creative Services team in supporting SESAC-affiliated songwriters and publishers, as well as working closely with senior management in... Read More →
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Cherie Hu

Contributing Writer/Editor, Freelance
Cherie Hu is an award-winning journalist focusing on the intersection of music, media and technology. She writes regular columns for Billboard, Forbes and Music Business Worldwide, with additional bylines in Variety, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and the Columbia Journalism Review. In... Read More →
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Amy Kurland

Founder, The Bluebird Cafe
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Toni Wallace

Head of Music Brand Partnerships, United Talent Agency
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Rachel Whitney

Country Music Programming Lead, YouTube/Google Play

Wednesday May 8, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
City Winery 609 Lafayette St.