Consolidated Independent co-founder warns of indie threats
The opening address at AIM’s Music Connected conference in London last Friday came from Paul Sanders, co-founder of Consolidated Independent. He delivered a warning around the ability to stay independent, for music companies...
April 23, 2018
Three become one for Japanese independent-music trade bodies
There’s a new trade body for independent musicians and labels in Japan. It’s called the Independent Music Coalition of Japan (IMCJ for short) and is a merger of three existing organisations: the Independent Records and...
March 22, 2018
City Slang boss calls for governments to close the ‘value gap’
Christof Ellinghaus, founder of Berlin-based indie label City Slang, is keen for governments to take action to remove YouTube’s safe harbours, and thus address the ‘value gap’. “We’re all stopping to sell records...
March 2, 2018
Smaller channels gauging impact of YouTube’s new policies
As of 20 February, YouTube’s new monetisation policies went into effect, with channels required to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch-time in the last year before they are allowed to be ‘monetised’...
February 27, 2018
Apple not a stakeholder in Doug Morris’ new music label
Could the next keynote speaker at A2IM’s Indie Week or AIM’s Indie-Con be Doug Morris? Don’t laugh: the Sony Music chairman is reportedly leaving the world of the majors at the end of March to launch an independent...
February 26, 2018
Bandcamp paid out more than $70m to independent artists in 2017
Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp has published its annual review of its business, including the stat that its all-time payments to artists are now past the $270m mark. That compares to nearly $200m at the end of 2016, meaning...
February 13, 2018
A&R in the digital age: ‘Learn with your artist and be open to admitting your mistakes’
In a world of streaming, social networks and the ability for any artist to get their music up on digital platforms, how is the role of the label A&R evolving? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con conference in London today addressed...
February 8, 2018
Record labels, huh? What are they good for in 2018?
If Music Ally had a pound for every time we’d heard someone predicting The Death Of The Label, we’d have enough money by now to buy at least two of the majors.
February 8, 2018
Kieron Donoghue talks ‘streaming-only’ label Humble Angel Records
In late January, former Playlists.net and Warner Music Group executive Kieron Donoghue launched his new venture, a ‘streaming-first’ independent label called Humble Angel Records. He promised royalty payout rates for...
February 5, 2018
Coldcut on 30 years of innovation: ‘We are finally growing up’
30 years ago, Matt Black and Jon More met on the mixtape and rare-groove scenes in London and formed Coldcut as a rolling music, technology, art and politics project. They had enormous hits in 1988 with ‘Doctorin' the...
November 9, 2017
Bandcamp launches new app for its artists and labels
Bandcamp has launched a new Android and iOS app, but this one isn’t for its customers, it’s for the artists and labels using the platform to sell their music. “It gives you a real-time mobile view into your stats,...
November 1, 2017
WIN report claims independent labels now have 38.4% global market share
Independent-music trade body WIN has published its second annual ‘WINTEL’ report on the global music market. Its headline claim is that indie labels increased their market share of global recorded-music sales from 37.5%...
October 23, 2017