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Please note that Monday, May 15 consists of pre-convention meetings, digital service workshops, the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, and the Industry Jam 2. The full program will take place Tuesday, May 16  through Thursday, May 18.  
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Wednesday, May 17 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Awards Breakfast & Presentations sponsored by CMA

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Enjoy breakfast compliments of the Country Music Association (CMA). 

Doors open at 8:15 AM. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Following remarks from today’s breakfast sponsor CMA and Music City Music Council's Executive Director Justine Avila, Music Biz President James Donio will update attendees on the state of the industry and highlight Music Biz’s top initiatives of 2016 and what to expect from the Association in 2017. Music Biz Board Chairman Fred Beteille of Facebook will welcome the 2017-2018 Music Biz Board of Directors and Board Vice Chairman Steve Harkins of Baker & Taylor will announce the Scholarship Foundation Class of 2017.

Music Biz will also recognize this year’s business award winners. The Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement, recognizing individuals for their exceptional vision, leadership, and commitment, will be presented to Mike Dungan, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville. The Independent Spirit Award, recognizing significant contributors to the independent music community that embody the spirit of new thinking, entrepreneurship, and success in the industry, will be presented to Music Millennium’s Terry Currier.

GRAMMY Award-Winning vocal group Little Big Town will perform live following the awards presentations. 
 

Speakers
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Justine Avila

Executive Director, Music City Music Council
Justine Avila was chosen by the Music City Music Council to serve as the first full-time executive director for the organization after an intensive search process led by music industry executives Ed Hardy and Joe Galante with the support of Mayor Megan Barry, who also serves as co-chair of the Council. Prior to her current role, Avila was concert manager of City Winery Nashville. She co-founded MJ Booking, a boutique entertainment booking firm. Prior to returning to her hometown of Nashville, Avila worked in the entertainment industry in New York City while attaining a Master of Arts degree in Music Business from New York University. Prior to joining the... Read More →
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Fred Beteille

Product Manager, Facebook
Fred Beteille is a Product Manager on Facebook Live, responsible for public broadcasts and publisher verticals including News, Sports, and Entertainment. Prior to joining Facebook, Beteille was Product Manager at Google/YouTube, where he helped spearhead music and rights management products and initiatives, including Content ID, YouTube Audio Library, Music Charts... Read More →
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James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association. Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the current mus... Read More →
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Steve Harkins

VP/GM, Baker & Taylor
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Damon Whiteside

Chief Marketing Officer, Country Music Association (CMA)
Damon Whiteside, Chief Marketing Officer at the Country Music Association (CMA), oversees CMA's Marketing, Digital, Research, and Strategic Partnerships Departments. CMA's signature events include the top-rated CMA Awards, CMA Music Festival, and CMA Country Christmas, all of whi... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:30am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom

Attendees (344)