Music Biz 2015 to Be Held in Nashville

Music Business Association
Rachelle Friedman

The annual convention will leave L.A. after four years, as seven-term chairman Rachelle Friedman steps down.

The Music Business Association (formerly NARM) will hold next year’s annual convention in Nashville for the first time in the organization’s 50-plus year history.

In addition, seven-time Music Biz chairman Rachelle Friedman, co-founder and president of J&R Music & Computer World, has stepped down from the association’s board of directors.

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Music Biz 2015 will be held at the Sheraton Downtown in Nashville from May 12-14, it was announced by Music Biz president James Donio at this morning’s Opening Breakfast of Music Biz 2014 event.

“Los Angeles has been an amazing host for the last four installments of our annual convention, but now, it is time for us to reach out to another of America’s most storied musical cities,” said Donio. “Home to major musical landmarks such as the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Ryman Auditorium, and Music Row, Nashville is the home base for the country, gospel and contemporary Christian music industries as well as a hotbed of talent for artists of any genre. We look forward to tapping into Nashville’s unique musical culture and bringing Music Biz to a whole new community of artists, executives and fans.”

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Friedman expressed her sadness at leaving the Music Biz board.

“Each and every year, we were able to nurture the next generation of music industry movers and shakers with our Scholarship Foundation, honor the best and brightest artists and executives with our annual Music Biz awards, launch incredibly successful traveling series such as the Music Startup Academy and Entertainment and Technology Law Conference, and realign the entire organization to better reflect our ideas for the future with our rebrand to Music Biz. I’m confident that the association will continue to reach new heights in the years ahead.”

“Rachelle was an incredible chairman, and we will miss her deeply,” added Donio. “Over the years, she has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance Music Biz’s goals and make the industry at large a much better place for physical and digital retailers, managers, artists, record labels and more. Her stature has also been key to ensuring that women receive a strong voice in the future of the music industry, and for that, we were happy to present her and her husband Joe with our Independent Spirit Award at the 53rd annual NARM Convention. We wish her well in all her future endeavors.”

Friedman and her husband Joe founded J&R Music & Computer World in 1971 in New York City, turning it into one of the most important independent retailers in music history. She joined the then-NARM board in 1996 and has presided over many of the association’s biggest advances, including its rebranding from NARM and to Music Biz in 2012. For her efforts, Friedman was named to Billboard’s Women in Music list in 2011 and received the Independent Spirit Award from Music Biz (then NARM) in 2011.

Music Biz board members serve staggered three-year terms. Steve Harkins has joined the executive committee as secretary, and the executive committee is now working together to lead the organization through its transition to the election of a new chairman in the coming months.

The Music Biz board of directors for 2014-2015 will be:

Brent Muhle
 Vice Chairman

Steve Harkins 
(Baker & Taylor)

John Trickett
) Treasurer

Len Cosimano
 Director at Large

Fred Beteille

Christina Calio

Glenn Dicker

Mike Fratt 

Brad Navin
 The Orchard

Bruce Ogilvie
 Super D/Alliance Entertainment

Dilyn Radakovitz Dimple Records

Ryan Redington

Steve Savoca

Matt Signore
 Warner Music Group

Darren Stupak
 Sony Music Entertainment

Jim Urie
 Universal Music Group Distribution

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