Photo: Little Big Town with Music Biz President James Donio
The 2016 Music Biz seminar came to Nashville for the second time in its 58-year history. The event brings together retailers, subscription services, record labels, publishers, artists, songwriters, managers, startups, branding professionals, music educators, and representatives from all other facets of the industry to discuss some of the most pressing topics facing the music business today, including the explosion of streaming, importance of metadata, collection and utilization of fan data, legal issues around copyright and touring, creation of sustainable startups, direct-to-fan initiatives, music education, and much more. (via musicbiz.org)
This year Little Big Town was given the Artist of the Year along with pop sensation, Halsey, who received Breakthrough artist with Sam Hunt; Rock-n-Roll HOF members Cheap Trick was also given the Lifetime Achievement.
"The fact that these people recognized our efforts and hard work is very special," Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town told us. Little Big Town's perseverance in the industry is well-known amongst industry vets; the group has spoken at CMA EDU to Belmont Univ. music business students and helped the CMA Foundation give back instruments to the metro Nashville schools. Coming up they will also be involved in the CMA Music Festival again at one of the nightly shows in Nissan Stadium.
The Music Biz week also included specific seminars for aspiring musicians and industry players such as the Female Empowerment program “Finding Your Voice: Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out," where Mary Wilson of The Supremes and songwriting trio the Love Junkies gave inspiring words to industry females and artists. The day also ended with the 'Women & Whiskey' mixer at Nashville's City Winery.
During the opening WEA Welcome Reception, iconic band The Monkees were also honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award as attendees crammed in to see Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork of The Monkees take the stage commemorating the band’s 50th anniversary.
The last day we attended the Music Biz 2016 Awards Luncheon where we saw Little Big Town, Cheap Trick, and more accept their respective awards.
See some of the highlights from the week down below: