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
Impala calls for European Commission to block Sony / EMI deal
Fresh from approving Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, the European Commission is now turning its attention to another music-industry merger: Sony’s proposal to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, which was announced...
September 25, 2018
European indies say Sony’s acquisition of EMI “has to be blocked”
As Sony Music Publishing moves to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, European independent trade body Impala says a deal on this scale – and the market consolidation it will deliver – must be stopped. It has...
August 15, 2018
Pressure builds ahead of European vote on safe harbour
Music rightsholders in Europe are preparing for the latest stage of lobbying in the debate over safe-harbour reform – ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament next week. PRS for Music is flagging up a ‘Make...
June 29, 2018
Impala warns of regulatory fight ahead for Sony / EMI deal
When we reported yesterday on Sony’s plans to up its stake in EMI Music Publishing, we noted that the deal would require regulatory approval before it could go through. Now independent body Impala has warned that this...
May 23, 2018
Life as a young European indie label in 2017 (#midem)
We’re pleased that independent labels are getting stage time at this year’s Midem conference. The latest example was a session this morning of young European labels sharing their experiences. Andreas Ryser of Mouthwatering...
June 7, 2017
Apple Music latest: A2IM, Impala and indie publishers
Apple Music received another pair of endorsements from the independent labels sector yesterday, but it has more work to do to bring indie publishers on board. US labels body A2IM mirrored the praise of WIN and Merlin in a...
June 25, 2015