Deputy Music Editor, Variety
Jem Aswad launched Variety’s music section with executive music editor Shirley Halperin in April 2017 and has written cover stories on Bruce Springsteen, The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion, Shawn Mendes and Spotify, along with daily coverage of the music industry. He has held senior posts at Billboard, MTV News, Spin, Time Out New York and CMJ as well as Atlantic, Warner Bros. and Caroline Records and ASCAP. His writing has appeared in New York, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Esquire and many other publications. He is based in New York City.
A Conversation with Artist Managers Ed Millett & Wendy Ong
10/13/21, 4:00 PM
We welcome you to an intimate conversation with artist managers extraordinaire Ed Millett, Co-CEO and Wendy Ong, President of TaP Music, representing some of the world's most important and iconic artists including Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding and more. Variety's Deputy Music Editor Jem Aswad hosts.
The State of the Music Business 2021
10/12/21, 2:00 PM
Just when it seemed that the music industry had settled around a new model — one where live entertainment is an artist’s main source of revenue — the pandemic completely up-ended the business. Suddenly, publishing and recorded music began growing in value exponentially while the concert business was almost completely shut down for nearly a year and a half. But with the industry slowly — and hopefully — returning to pre-pandemic conditions, what happens next? Will the touring business return fully to normal within a year? Two years? Ever? (And how many independent concert venues will still be in business if and when it does?) Is livestreaming here to stay? And will publishing and recorded-music catalogs keep growing in value, or is this a bubble? It’s all a moving target, but we’ll gather leaders from key industry sectors to try to make some sense of it and offer possible pathways forward.
Weathering the Storm: How the Music Industry Is Coping With the Pandemic
10/13/20, 5:00 PM
Like virtually every business, the music industry has been up-ended by the pandemic: Live entertainment, which was previously the financial engine of the business, is in crisis, while recorded-music revenues and streaming numbers are up, and the value of copyrights is soaring. How are these sectors of the industry coping, and what happens next?