Includes even more opportunities to learn
By Valerie Milano
NARM’s Donio with Milano (5/6/13)
Century City, CA (Hollywood Today
) 5/7/2013 – “There will still be physical product, but it will certainly be much smaller than it is now.” – Jim Donio, President of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), speaking with Hollywood Today about the decline of cd and vinyl record sales. Today began NARM’s annual convention, Music Biz
, at the Los Angeles Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. As the title suggests, the four-day conference is a convergence of music industry professionals and hopefuls, coming together to
share information and ideas on creating new platforms for a rapidly changing business environment. Panelists and keynote speakers include an extensive list of executives from music retailers, streaming services, app developers, artists, managers and even information technology entities. Though this year’s Music Biz
conference does cover more traditional topics like copyright law and royalties, many of the scheduled sessions are specific to the ever-changing face of technology and how it relates to digital content. “This is a very important component of it that’s not particularly sexy in it’s most esoteric terms, but if you talk in terms people can understand, it creates a hopefully deeper and richer experience that will inspire people to want to subscribe to more music.” Jim Donio on the use of “metadata” to increase the connection between content creators and their fans.
Donio became involved with NARM in 1988 and worked his way up the ranks to become president. The Philadelphia native received his degree in journalism, and admittedly still loves writing. Ultimately, however, he cherishes the opportunity to create events like Music Biz
, and interfacing with others in the music community. “I really love events, I like hosting and talking to people and I’m just; I like being engaged with people.” – says Donio. With a capacious background, including theater, broadcasting and music, Jim Donio was an incredible addition to the organization 25 years ago, but has proven quite a success as president. Under his tenure, NARM created and collaborated on campaigns like the Digital Think Tank
, now known as DigitalMusic.org
and Give the Gift of Music
. He has also played a significant role in revitalizing the Music Biz
This year’s convention will include even more opportunities to learn, network and build relationships. Though Donio did decline to share the surprises they have in store, he did let Hollywood Today know that the events for Music Biz 2013 are not too be missed. With artists like blues legend, Buddy Guy and Michael Franti already on the official line up, we will be attending the next few days in great anticipation.