Music Biz conference brings big names to Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A move from Los Angeles to Nashville pulled in big names for the Music Biz 2015 conference.

The three-day event at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Nashville brought some of the industry’s top talent, including Jack white, Meghan Trainor and Martina McBride.

“It’s great that you can just get up and basically go out of your own backyard and have such a nice event,” McBride told News 2.

The Music Biz 2015 award honorees were all about Nashville.

“We have become a world music center and for me to be honored here this week is really incredible. I’m truly touched,” President of Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta said.

The Doobie Brothers played two shows in Music City this week before receiving the Chairman’s Award at the luncheon.

“We are kind of speechless right now because we were up very late last night so that’s part of it, and the other part is we are kind of overwhelmed,” the Doobie Brothers said.

Meghan Trainor was also elated, scoring the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award. She told News 2 it’s her first award ever in the states.

“It’s so nice; my first family never gets to come here. My first people that signed me at 17 years old are here, my publishing company, so it’s so nice to have them all here,” said Trainor.

The conference, designed to address the needs of all levels of the music business, also acknowledged Nashville resident Jack White with the innovators award for his vinyl album “Lazaretto.”

“I want to thank everybody in this room for helping keep the beauty and the soul of music alive through objects, through things that are tangible, through things that you can hold in your hands,” White expressed to the group from a podium.

Music is front and center during the event, but McBride also appreciated the recognition for her humanitarian efforts.

“It’s always interesting to me to get awarded for something like humanitarian efforts because it’s just what I do and I never really think about getting recognized for it, but it does give me an opportunity to shine the spotlight on some great causes,” she explained to News 2.

While the honorees all feel at home in Nashville, now the Music Biz conference does as well. Officials said they plan to return home next year to Music City.

More than 1,500 people attended the conference, up nearly 40 percent from last year.

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