British independent-music body AIM is launching its latest report today: ‘Distribution Revolution’. It promises a “comprehensive analysis of the modern distribution landscape”, including the trend for distributors to add more artist and label services to their offerings.
AIM worked with CMU Insights on the report, which is being published for free (people can sign up to receive a copy here) and launched at an event tonight in London.
The report is partly practical advice for independent artists and labels/managers, helping them to decide what they need from a distributor, and who’d be best to work with. It also makes some recommendations, including calling for the independent community to “agree on codes of practice for distribution partnerships” and to “promote a distribution checklist” for the industry. In fact, AIM has already created exactly that checklist, which it says it will be sharing “with its members, and especially newer labels, self-releasing artists and other businesses releasing music”.