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Streaming’s indie opportunities: ‘Niche on a global basis isn’t small…’

With yesterday's IFPI Global Music Report and its press conference featuring Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, we know that major labels are happy with the evolution of music-streaming. But what about independent...
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Merlin boss Charles Caldas: ‘The majors seem to be three years behind us’

Charles Caldas, CEO of indie licensing agency Merlin, sees a host of digital opportunities for independent music companies in the year ahead – but also some looming threats. Caldas gave a keynote speech at indie body...
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UK government launches ‘Music Mission’ to China

The British government’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is launching a new initiative that aims to help musicians and music companies do more business in China. The DIT is working with industry bodies the BPI...
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Tips for independent artists to make the most of merch

From signed CDs and topical t-shirts to snapbacks and fire-starting jigsaw puzzles, merchandise is a vital income stream for independent artists. How to make the most of it? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con conference in London...
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Indie #1: How the Passenger album topped the UK charts

Spoiler alert! Passenger's seventh studio album 'Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea' went to number one in the UK last autumn, despite competing with new albums by Bruce Springsteen and Shawn Mendes. At AIM's Indie-Con...
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Breaking a band in 2017: ‘1m streams on Spotify is not enough’

Breaking new artists is the lifeblood of labels, and independent labels are often the wildcatters of the industry, uncovering cutting-edge genres and artists and being the first to bring them to a wider audience. A panel...
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How can we prioritise mental health in the music industry?

For far too long, mental health issues were either totally dismissed or totally ignored by a music business that wallowed in the fact there was never an ‘off’ switch – seeing long working days and excess as part of...
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Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett: “We’re out of the ‘oh shit’ stage of streaming’

Streaming music? It’s a positive time for young artists according to Ben Lovett, co-founder of Mumford and Sons and independent firm Communion Music. “I think we’re out of the ‘oh shit’ stage of streaming, and...
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UK grime: how artists ripped up the music industry rulebook

Grime is the UK’s most exciting musical and cultural export in decades, but it’s also fascinating on a business level. Many grime stars have broken through entirely independently, going the DIY route rather than signing...
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Internationalising Indies: advice for labels going global

According to indie licensing agency Merlin, 40% of its member labels now make more money outside their home territory than inside it, compared to 16% in the industry’s purely-physical days. At the recent NY:LON Connect...
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10 things we learned from Chris Carey at AIM’s Indie-Con

Based on fresh research from 2,000 respondents in the UK, Media Insight Consulting CEO Chris Carey opened AIM’s Indie-Con 2017 by revealing how consumers are (or aren’t) paying for music, where and how they are accessing...
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Music and brands: tips from Vice, Converse and Levi’s

You know the hardy perennials of any conference panel on brands and music: it’s not just about a big cheque; it has to be authentic; it has to be a meeting of creative minds, etc. Would the ‘I’m With The Brand’...