The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and digitalmusic.org have announced its first-ever Music Industry Metadata Summit, which will be held in Los Angeles, May 6th and 7th, and is part of NARM's Music Biz 2013 conference.

The event is designed to inform newcomers about the importance of managing information through metadata, the “plumbing” that ensures digital tracks are labeled correctly in online music stores, and provide a forum for music-industry executives to find solutions to key issues in this area through a variety of workshop sessions.

Bill Wilson, NARM and digitalmusic.org's VP of digital strategy and business development, was forthright on the conference's focus, saying via a release that metadata "isn’t necessarily the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks about the top issues currently facing the music industry." But, he continued, "it is one of the most critically important. If we want people to consume more music, we need to make it as simple as possible for them to find and discover what they want, and ensure accounting is accurate and expedient. Establishing and maintaining a proper information infrastructure is the only way to do that at scale.”

The event is sponsored by digital distributor Sony DADC, digital standardization consortium DDEX and the digital royalty collection organization SoundExchange.

Additionally, blues musician Buddy Guy will receive the Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, while digital entertainment industry veteran and managing partner at TAG Strategic Ted Cohen will be presented with the Presidential Award for Sustained Industry Achievement during the Music Biz 2013 conference.

The preliminary agenda for the event can be found here. Those interested in registering can find more information here.

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