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
Stem’s Zoë Gholson: ‘Education and transparency are really important for empowering independent artists’
“It’s something that’s struck me for years working in this industry: people just don’t know how to talk to artists about the business in the artist’s language!” That’s something that Zoë Gholson has worked...
July 27, 2018
Deutsche Bank claims major-label unrest over Spotify playlists
Analysts from Deutsche Bank have suggested that major labels are unhappy with their share of slots on Spotify’s curated and algorithmic playlists. However, the caveat is that according to Business Insider, their note...
July 16, 2018
Merlin says indie market-share is higher on paid streaming tiers
Indie licensing agency Merlin has published a report to celebrate its 10th anniversary, including the previously-reported stat that its annual payouts to members are now more than $500m. There are other new figures though....
June 28, 2018
A2IM boss wants Spotify to share more data with indie labels
Recent reports on Spotify’s moves in to signing direct licensing deals with some artists have drawn criticism from major labels, but the independent community is also mulling what it all means. US trade body A2IM’s...
June 22, 2018
Merlin approaching $500m in annual collections for members
As it approaches its 10th anniversary, Merlin has revealed that it will collect $500m on behalf of its members this year. To put that in context, the indie digital rights body collected $1bn in the first nine years of its...
June 19, 2018
Indie labels and tech: ‘We’re not going to start building our own blockchain…’
How can independent labels make the most of disruptive new technologies, from blockchain and AI to virtual and augmented reality? A session at the Midem conference last week explored the issue. The panel included Jason...
June 11, 2018
Merlin turns 10 and celebrates indies: ‘We’re over-indexing’
Independent licensing agency Merlin is celebrating its tenth birthday by revealing that 2017 saw its highest number of new members since its first year of operation. The organisation has grown from a team of three when...
May 25, 2018
Sound Royalties launches funding program for distributors
Music-finance firm Sound Royalties has unveiled its latest funding program: this one aimed at music distributors – and by extension, to independent labels. It’s called The Edge Funding Program. “For independent...
May 22, 2018
Consolidated Independent co-founder warns of indie threats
The opening address at AIM’s Music Connected conference in London last Friday came from Paul Sanders, co-founder of Consolidated Independent. He delivered a warning around the ability to stay independent, for music companies...
April 23, 2018
Three become one for Japanese independent-music trade bodies
There’s a new trade body for independent musicians and labels in Japan. It’s called the Independent Music Coalition of Japan (IMCJ for short) and is a merger of three existing organisations: the Independent Records and...
March 22, 2018
City Slang boss calls for governments to close the ‘value gap’
Christof Ellinghaus, founder of Berlin-based indie label City Slang, is keen for governments to take action to remove YouTube’s safe harbours, and thus address the ‘value gap’. “We’re all stopping to sell records...
March 2, 2018