Music bodies protest latest Article 17 developments in Europe
It almost feels quaint to think back to a time when the passage of Europe's new Copyright Directive felt like an all-consuming, existential issue, given the horrors that 2020 has inflicted on us so far. It was clear at...
September 11, 2020
Impala publishes 10-step ‘recovery roadmap’ for music in Europe
European indie body Impala has published its latest thoughts on the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the music industry. It’s a ten-step ‘recovery roadmap’ that sets out what it would like to see governments...
April 29, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (17 April)
Start today with David Guetta’s plans for a ‘United at Home‘ fundraising livestream from Miami this Saturday. The two-hour set will be streamed on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch, with four...
April 17, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry stories (9 April)
We have one more shot of positive news for you before the Easter break. Creators getting paid; industry relief efforts; artists doing good things… It doesn’t drown out the very real challenges that the coronavirus...
April 9, 2020
European music orgs call for more pandemic-tackling investment
A collective of 40 European music bodies are calling for the European Union and also national governments to deliver more support to the music industry and its creators, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “In...
April 3, 2020
Impala Covid-19 task force publishes 10-point recommendations
European independent body Impala set up a Covid-19 Task Force last week, and it’s been quick to swing into action: publishing 10 recommendations to help musicians and the music industry come through the coronavirus...
March 25, 2020
Music Declares Emergency campaign gets an Impala award
Too often, still, the climate emergency is seen by even-senior politicians as an opportunity for puerile stunts of political point-scoring – and this at a time when researchers are warning that the planet may already...
November 29, 2019
Impala to oppose Tencent investment in Universal Music Group
Independent-music body Impala has come out against plans for Chinese technology company Tencent to buy a 10% stake in Universal Music Group, with an option to buy a further 10%. "Even at a low level of shareholding, we...
November 26, 2019
UK and European indies call for greater certainty for the creative sector amid Brexit bedlam; plus UMG sale implications
For our UK readers, Brexit is, well, we all know what it is. For our readers outside of the UK, how do we accurately explain what Brexit is? Imagine the most chaotic thing you’ve ever seen in your life. Multiply that by...
April 8, 2019
Impala hits back at YouTube over Article 13 reforms
European independent-music organisation Impala has published a response to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s latest criticism of the Article 13 section of the proposed new European copyright directive. “Far from threatening...
November 16, 2018
Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared
Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared Impala, representing the European independent music community, is upping its efforts to block Sony’s full acquisition...
October 17, 2018
Mobility of artists key to Impala’s post-Brexit recommendations
Independent body Impala has been debating the potential impact on music from the UK’s upcoming exit from the European Union – aka ‘Brexit’. It has published a list of recommendations for the cultural sectors,...
October 3, 2018