The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced that Facebook’s Fred Beteille will continue as the chairman of its board of directors.
Beteille recently joined Facebook from YouTube as a product manager for the social media giant’s Facebook Live feature. He was elected Music Biz chairman in 2014 and has promoted the expansion of the organization’s membership base and its role as the forum for dialog across all aspects of the music industry, from creation to the consumer. He also worked on the move of the annual Music Biz event to Nashville in 2015, which has stimulated a 50% increase in attendance in two years.
James Donio, president of Music Biz, a membership organization that aims to promote music commerce, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Facebook to the Music Biz family and eager to add their voice to our ever-broadening community. Facebook is a growing hub for artists and their fans, providing a new resource for musicians large and small to promote their latest endeavors and form personal bonds with those who love their work. We look forward to working with Facebook to open up even more opportunities for music and social media to work together.”
Beteille commented: “Music is a massive part of who we are as individuals. Facebook is all about giving people the power to share and making the world more open and connected. In joining Music Biz, Facebook seeks to bring its tremendous reach and social connectivity to the broader music ecosystem.”
Prior to joining Facebook, Beteille was product manager at Google/YouTube. Prior to joining YouTube, he was COO and SVP technology at the Google-acquired RightsFlow, overseeing the company’s licensing and royalty administration functions and technologies. He is also a musician, songwriter and founder of the independent music catalogue TrackTribe.