Impala publishes its first diversity and inclusion charter
European independent music body Impala has adopted a new diversity and inclusion charter, which is the work of the diversity task force it set up in June this year amid the #TheShowMustBePaused movement. “Not discriminating...
October 21, 2020
Soundtrack by Twitch offers licensed music to streamers
Livestreaming platform Twitch is launching a new feature, Soundtrack by Twitch, with a catalogue of licensed music for its community of creators to use in their streams. The Amazon-owned company has licensed more than...
September 30, 2020
Music Ally Startup Files: Mime takes the music business hyper-local
Made In Memphis Entertainment (Mime), launched in 2015, has a quietly radical idea at its core: 'disruptive decentralisation'. It's about creating a root-and-branch alternative to the traditional music business structure....
August 31, 2020
AWAL says ‘hundreds’ of its artists now earn $100k+ a year from streaming
Music distributor AWAL says that "hundreds" of its artists now earn more than $100k a year from streaming, and that this number (of artists) has grown by more than 40% in the last year. The company also said that "dozens"...
August 19, 2020
Latest Bandcamp Friday looks to build on $75m sales so far
Independent artists and labels have sold $75m of music and merchandise so far on the 'Bandcamp Fridays' series of sale days, during which the D2C platform waives its revenue share. Today's the latest one, as part of Bandcamp's...
August 7, 2020
Independent firms Mom + Pop and Indie-Pop reveal expansions
Even amid a global pandemic, there are still lots of opportunities for independent music companies to expand into new areas. Two of them announced their latest ventures yesterday. US label Mom + Pop Music is launching...
July 28, 2020
Steve Stoute: ‘If Drake goes independent, the music business is over…’
Shock news! The boss of a high-profile distributor that helps artists to operate outside the traditional label system reckons a big artist will soon decide to operate outside the traditional label system! Steve Stoute...
July 20, 2020
Apple Music’s new ‘INDIY’ playlist focuses on DIY artists
Our first response to Apple Music’s new playlist ‘INDIY‘ is wondering how to pronounce it: is it ‘indie’ or ‘indie-why’ or ‘in-D-I-Y’? Whatever: its focus is on independent...
July 2, 2020
Move the Record event to raise money for independent stores
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a grim period for independent music venues and record stores alike, as they ponder not just when they’ll be able to reopen, but whether. It’s been heartening, at least, to see the...
June 24, 2020
Ghostly International confirms merger with Secretly Group
Label Ghostly International is merging with fellow indie Secretly Group, in a deal that Billboard reports was delayed from earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We had poor visibility on how revenues were...
June 18, 2020
One Little Indian Records becomes One Little Independent Records
British independent label One Little Indian Records was the home of Björk, Skunk Anansie, Crass and other artists. Why the past tense? Because One Little Indian is no more: the label has changed its name to One Little Independent...
June 11, 2020