Conference Registration


Registration for the 2019 ISA Conference in Nashville, TN is now open. Conference registration includes all general and breakout sessions, lunch, and two receptions. The welcome reception is open to guests of conference attendees with a $25 additional fee. 

2019 Early Conference Registration Rate (through 4/29/19)

Professional Member: $375
Student Member: $250
Profesional Non-Member: $485
Student Non-Member: $305

2019 Late Conference Registration Rate (starting 4/30/19)

Professional Member: $500
Student Member: $335
Professional Non-Member: $610
Student Non-Member: $390

Additional Benefits

Early career scholars who register for the Industry Studies Conference are welcome to attend the Early Career Development Committee's Professional Development Workshop. This is an excellent opportunity for scholars seeking career-related advice from a network of junior and senior colleagues. For more information about the Professional Development Workshop, click here.

Refund Policy

In the event that an individual wishes to cancel his or her registration, the following guidelines for refunds will apply:

  • 6+ weeks prior to conference: 75% refund
  • 2-6 weeks prior to conference: 50% refund
  • Less than 2 weeks prior to conference: no refund



Music City Excursion

Designed for Industry Studies Association (ISA) Conference Attendees

12:30 - 5:30 pm -- Thursday, May 30, 2019

Come join fellow ISA conference-goers for an excursion to visit music-making places, meet music community leaders, and learn how Nashville has expanded beyond its (still strong) roots in country music to embrace and incorporate different musical genres.

After convening at Vanderbilt’s Curb Center, we’ll make visits covering three phases of the industry’s value stream: 1) Composing Music; 2) Recording Music; and 3) Performing/Distributing Music.

Stop 1 (Composing Music) is the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) at its HQ at the Music Mill, a big log cabin with a legendary recording studio inside.  NSAI is dedicated to serving – and protecting the rights of -- aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.  It also owns and operates the Bluebird Cafe, a songwriters’ showcase venue famous for breaking the careers of many country artists even before its debut on the TV show Nashville.  We’ll meet with NSAI’s Executive Director and key staff.

Stop 2 (Recording Music) is the Quonset Hut, aka Columbia Studio B, the location of many famous country music recordings under the guidance of producer Owen Bradley, now operated by the music faculty of Belmont University and used for student projects.  Studio manager Mike Porter will tell us about the history and current usage, plus he will show us nearby Columbia Studio A, where Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde album was recorded. 

Stop 3 (Performing/Distributing Music) will take us to one of the Performing Rights Organizations (PRO) – ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC – that operate as an intermediary between artists and those who want to use their copyright-protected work, specifically the collection of royalties and protection of “rights holders” from copyright violations.  All have major offices in Nashville and represent a range from world-famous artists to newcomers on the music scene.

We start at the Curb Center with an overview of our visits by Vanderbilt post-doc Rachel Skaggs, whose dissertation examined changes in the patterns of cooperation between recording artists and songwriters in the Nashville music industry after 2000.  Plus we’ll return at the end for refreshments and discussion. 

The maximum group for the excursion is 35 people so sign up now!  There’s a fee of $35 to help cover transportation costs.  We’ll move between sites by bus.  At 5pm, the bus will take everyone back to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel where the ISA opening reception starts at 6pm.