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MUSIC BIZ IN MUSIC CITY: DÉJÀ VU ALL
OVER AGAIN

The allure of Nashville, combined with a hugely successful Music Biz convention that took place there in May, was more than enough to convince Jim Donio and his team to do it again.

Music Biz 2016 has been nailed down for Monday, May 16, through Wednesday, May 18, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. This larger venue will allow for further expansion of the event, while also putting attendees closer to Broadway and its various attractions and live music clubs, according to this morning’s announcement.

“Our first year in Nashville exceeded all of our expectations, which prompted our move to a bigger property that will allow us to grow the event with more hotel rooms, more meeting space, and more sponsorship opportunities,” said Donio. “In that vein, we are happy to announce that WEA has already agreed to sponsor the Music Biz 2016 Welcome Reception on Monday evening. Music City, Mayor Karl Dean and the Music City Music Council have all been incredibly kind to us, and we’re elated to have an encore in Nashville for Music Biz 2016.”

Music Biz 2015 was the Association’s biggest event in eight years, drawing (you’ll pardon the expression) north of 1,300 attendees, an increase of 40% from 2014, with 95% saying that the event was worth the investment of time and money, according to a post-event survey. In addition, 95% of suppliers said they made new contacts or increased business because of the convention; 96% of retail and wholesale attendees said they discovered new vendors, products or artists: and 93% of individual attendees (artists, consultants, educators, lawyers, managers, and students) said they made contacts that will be valuable in helping them advance their careers.

Sounds like a good time was had by (nearly) all.

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