A three-hour meeting at Midem earlier this week has resulted in the first ‘global collective manifesto’ for the independent music industry. Led by trade bodies WIN and Impala, the 10-point manifesto sets out indies’ views on collecting societies, new business models and the creation of an industry database, as well as views on piracy and copyright. “We want to be treated fairly. It’s about equitable and fair treatment for artists,” AIM/WIN boss Alison Wenham tells Billboard. “We need an international voice for advocacy. We have WIN. But WIN needs to step up. We have some ideas for that.” Wenham also came up with a zinger of a quote to describe her attitude towards major labels: “We don’t dislike the majors. We’d just like more of them…”

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