2018 Music Biz Besties Recap

2018 has been a been a busy year here at Music Biz Besties!  There have been lots of exciting milestones and changes this year, and to celebrate our two year anniversary (November 14), we’d love to take you for a trip down memory lane!

A little back story...

Two years ago, Katherine Forbes started a group on Facebook to unite women in the music industry. She had just started her website design business, Designing the Row, and was craving an outlet to connect, ask questions, and share experiences with like-minded women. Two years later and Music Biz Besties has nearly four thousand members from all over the world! Everyone from seasoned label executives to aspiring singer-songwriters have found community and opportunities through Music Biz Besties, and it has evolved into so much more than just a Facebook group.


In January 2018, we launched our blog! The blog has been a great resource for us to keep you in the loop on all things Besties as well as an outlet to share advice and thoughts.  


In February 2018, MBB grew from a one person company to a team of two! Katherine hired Becca Bradley to be the Besties Community Coordinator. We also launched our songwriter series in February! Katherine co-hosts the series with singer-songwriter Tori Martin at Whiskey Room Live in Franklin, TN (a beautiful and intimate live music veune inside King’s Bowl at the Cool Springs Mall) the second Tuesday of every month.  


In March 2018, the Music Biz Besties Facebook group surpassed 3,000 members! The growth didn’t stop there either; we are now closing in on 4,000 members! March was also the launch of a series of monthly co-working meetups at Pinewood Social.


April marked the start of an exciting new partnership between Besties and the Music Business Association when they sponsored our EmpowHERment event at Deavor. Thanks to the MBA, we had a grilled cheese chef (YUM!) and wine bar at the event where Jamie Litt led us through a visualization exercise and Denise Stiff inspired us with the story of her successful career in artist management.


After the success of the EmpowHERment event in April, the Music Business Association invited us to their annual Music Biz Conference in May as a brand partner!


June was full of events and speaking engagements for us as we began booking for our Take Action Now workshops! It was also the beginning of an exciting new partnership between Besties and SoundFly!


In July, we started Bestie Chats back up and had a great time taking with artist manager Erin Anderson!


In August, Music Biz Besties was invited to host a set for Whiskey Room Live at CoolSprings Galleria to help promote the Bestie Songwriter Series!


With all of these changes going into effect, it was only fitting that our website get a new look, too. In September 2018, musicbizbesties.com underwent a rebrand and got a total makeover!


With the holidays quickly approaching, we wanted to create the perfect gift for the musicians and industry professionals in your life - so in October 2018 we launched the Bestie Box! October also marked the launch of the new Bestie Mentorship Program. On top of that, we closed our subscription membership and instead decided to offer downloads of all of our workbook materials for just $5 each! In October we also had the first ever Music Biz Besties photoshoot (check out the new group photo on the homepage!) with Daniel Christopher Photo thanks to Katherine winning an Instagram giveaway.


And that brings us to… now!  November 2018 marks the official two year anniversary of Music Biz Besties! To celebrate, we are doing some exciting giveaways, so be sure to follow us on Instagram to get in on the fun!!


You’re probably wondering why I even have December listed when it’s not here yet… Well, let me tell you! First of all, I’m a little OCD and incomplete lists drive me crazy. But also, I believe in speaking things into existence, so here it goes! In December 2018, we will reach 1,000 members on our website! We are getting really close, so if you’d like to help us reach this goal, click the “Login In / Sign up” button in the bottom right corner to sign up (it’s free)! Already a member? Hit one of the share buttons and invite your friends to join!

We would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you for being a part of this amazing community. It’s been an exciting two years, and we can’t wait to see what the future of Music Biz Besties holds!

xo Katherine & Becca

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