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
AIM Crisis Fund is extended to June and July
UK independent trade body AIM launched its Crisis Fund in April to help out freelancers and self-employed contractors facing financial difficulties due to the global pandemic. They could apply if projects tied to acts signed...
June 11, 2020
Believe boss hails the ‘rise of local independent artists’
“2010 to 2020, the headline was the rise of streaming. 2020 to 2030, I think the headline is going to be the rise of local independent artists, because we are now at the stage where streaming is the largest form of...
June 4, 2020
Were independents the big winners from 2019 streaming growth?
We covered the launch of the IFPI’s latest Global Music Report yesterday, and the official figures showing that global recorded music revenues grew by 8.2% to $20.2bn in 2019 – the biggest total since 2004. Now...
May 5, 2020
Record Store Day is now Record Store Days with three new dates
Record Store Day was postponed from 18 April to 20 June, but in the face of the continuing Covid-19 crisis, it has now been postponed again, and also reformatted. The event will now take place across three different Saturdays...
April 30, 2020
Merlin COO: ‘We’re significantly enhancing our deal-making capacity’
Indie licensing agency Merlin has promoted its chief commercial officer and general counsel Charlie Lexton to chief operating officer – a new role for the organisation, working alongside CEO Jeremy Sirota. “Charlie...
April 29, 2020