April 4, 2013 – Music business association NARM and digitalmusic.org, the home of NARM’s digital initiatives, have announced that Billboard will present the Keynote Panel at Music Biz 2013, showcasing the perspectives of young executives from its 2012 “40 Under 40” Power Players list, who were honored for “propelling [the] industry with their artistic and business vision.” The panel, named “The Future of the Biz on the Future of the Biz,” will be the centerpiece of the annual industry event’s Opening Session on Wednesday, May 8, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The panel will be moderated by Billboard’s Senior Correspondent Phil Gallo.
The Billboard 40 Under 40 Power Players confirmed to participate are:
- Joe Belliotti (Director of Entertainment Marketing, Coca-Cola), who has created direct relationships with the music industry, making Coke one of the most powerful brands in business.
- Ethiopia Habtemariam (EVP/Head of Urban Music, UMPG and SVP, Motown Records), who is revitalizing the Motown brand with seasoned acts like Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Ne-Yo along with newcomers like Kevin Ross and B. Smyth.
- Rebeca León (VP of Talent, AEG Live/Golden Voice and Manager, Juanes), who is the most powerful woman in Latin touring, putting together the joint tour of Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez as well as Mana’s historic seven-night run at the Staples Center.
- Tricky Stewart (President of A&R, Epic Records), who has had a leading hand in songs with sales topping 25 million records, including Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”
“These executives are moving the music industry forward in exciting arenas, from artistic to innovative,” said Jim Donio, President of NARM. “Since the goal of Music Biz is to collaborate on new solutions for the music industry of tomorrow, it made perfect sense to partner with Billboard to position these fresh ideas, viewpoints and experiences at the forefront of the program this year.”
The keynote will be open to all Music Biz 2013 registrants. Music Biz 2013 runs May 6-9, and includes a full slate of panels, keynotes, and townhalls ranging from the Music Business Academy for those just starting out to the first Metadata Summit for those already immersed in the business. The event closes with an Awards Dinner, and honorees include Buddy Guy, who will receive the Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement; Emeli Sandé, Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award;and Ted Cohen, Founder and Managing Partner at TAG Strategic, receiving the NARM’s Presidential Award for Sustained Industry Achievement, with more to be announced. For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.narm.com/events/musicbiz2013.