Can a recording studio be built on community rather commerciality?

AJ Abram founded Stone Dime Music Group to connect the dots between independent players and boost the profile of emerging artists, particularly from underrepresented groups. A North London studio is the latest addition to his operation…

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Over 100 UK festivals commit to tackling sexual violence

103 UK festivals have committed to The Association of Independent Festivals’ (AIF) Safer Spaces At Festivals campaign, which is aimed at tackling sexual violence at festivals and has been relaunched today to address the issue in 2022 and beyond.

AIF 16th May 2022 BUSINESS

mom+pop music and Exceleration Music agree to strategic financial alliance

Leading independent record label mom+pop music and Exceleration Music, the venture led by industry leaders for investing in the future of independent labels and artists, have agreed to a strategic financial alliance. This provides mom+pop with the ability to rapidly expand its scope of operations, including new signings.

Exceleration Music 12th May 2022 BUSINESS

Distiller Music Group announces publishing agreement with Downtown Music Services

London based independent music company Distiller Music Group has announced a new agreement for its music publishing division with Downtown Music Services, which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners.

Distiller Music Group 11th May 2022 BUSINESS

Reservoir continues to execute against emerging markets growth strategy

Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR), an award-winning independent music company, in conjunction with PopArabia, the leading music publisher and independent music company in the Middle East and North Africa, announced two new deals as the Company continues to execute on its emerging markets growth strategy. The deals include the signing of Egyptian rapper and singer Mohamed Ramadan to a worldwide publishing deal, which includes hits from his catalog and future releases. Reservoir and PopArabia separately announced the acquisition of Egyptian label 100COPIES, as well as a joint venture with the company to sign and develop Egyptian talent.

Reservoir Media, PopArabia 10th May 2022 BUSINESS

Downtown's found.ee launches landmark premium video advertising tool

found.ee, the first-party data and digital marketing platform acquired by Downtown Music Holdings in 2021, has launched its landmark self-service Premium Video Ad Buying tool.

Downtown Music Holdings 9th May 2022 BUSINESS
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YMU’s new label: ‘We have the flexibility and funding to take careers to the next step’

Launched in April, AmperSounds has been billed as a home for emerging artists based on decades of artist management experience…

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Charlie Simpson: ‘If I’d have had a tenth of the stuff that kids have now, it would have blown my mind’

From Busted to Fightstar to establishing himself as a solo artist, Charlie Simpson has witnessed arguably the music industry’s most turbulent transition over a 22-year career. Here, he talks about his new album and life as an independent artist in the modern music business…

'We're taking The Music Federation membership and turning it into the most robust and autonomous A&R network that’s ever existed'

With the launch of a new advance facility, The Music Federation is marching towards its vision of a music ecosystem financed at release level - and backing its members to spend on new talent...

Future of grassroots music venues 'still uncertain' post-pandemic, warns MVT

“The stress of the last two years has taken a toll on confidence,” says Trust's COO Beverley Whitrick.

Manga Saint Hilare: 'If you can do it all yourself, you can’t be stopped'

After nearly 20 years in the game, Manga Saint Hilare has earned a reputation as one of grime's most gifted MCs. A member of Roll Deep as a teenager, today he is thriving as a self-managed, self-releasing artist...

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Press Releases from IMI Members

Over 100 UK festivals commit to tackling sexual violence

103 UK festivals have committed to The Association of Independent Festivals’ (AIF) Safer Spaces At Festivals campaign, which is aimed at tackling sexual violence at festivals and has been relaunched today to address the issue in 2022 and beyond.

AIF 16th May 2022 BUSINESS

mom+pop music and Exceleration Music agree to strategic financial alliance

Leading independent record label mom+pop music and Exceleration Music, the venture led by industry leaders for investing in the future of independent labels and artists, have agreed to a strategic financial alliance. This provides mom+pop with the ability to rapidly expand its scope of operations, including new signings.

Exceleration Music 12th May 2022 BUSINESS

Distiller Music Group announces publishing agreement with Downtown Music Services

London based independent music company Distiller Music Group has announced a new agreement for its music publishing division with Downtown Music Services, which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners.

Distiller Music Group 11th May 2022 BUSINESS

Reservoir continues to execute against emerging markets growth strategy

Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR), an award-winning independent music company, in conjunction with PopArabia, the leading music publisher and independent music company in the Middle East and North Africa, announced two new deals as the Company continues to execute on its emerging markets growth strategy. The deals include the signing of Egyptian rapper and singer Mohamed Ramadan to a worldwide publishing deal, which includes hits from his catalog and future releases. Reservoir and PopArabia separately announced the acquisition of Egyptian label 100COPIES, as well as a joint venture with the company to sign and develop Egyptian talent.

Reservoir Media, PopArabia 10th May 2022 BUSINESS

Downtown's found.ee launches landmark premium video advertising tool

found.ee, the first-party data and digital marketing platform acquired by Downtown Music Holdings in 2021, has launched its landmark self-service Premium Video Ad Buying tool.

Downtown Music Holdings 9th May 2022 BUSINESS
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Louisiana Hip-Hop Artist Feedbackotw Release New Single 'Moving On'

Feedbackotw was raised on the Hip-Hop music scene to & swayed by the Neo soul culture. Even at the young age of 17 his passion began to take over when he started joining in on cyphers in high-school. Surrounded by musical culture his Father (a musician/vocalist), encouraged him to pursue his dreams. With years of musical experimentation behind him, Feedbackotw remains a strong force in today’s Hip-Hop culture.

God Speed Records 20th May 2022 MUSIC

We come in peace! SONO announces the debut single by CAVA

CAVA, we come in peace! Their debut single's sound draws from and mashes together indie, electronica, world music, primitive rhythmics and electro-pop through electro-acoustic manipulations into catchy futuristic tunes.

SONO Music 19th May 2022 MUSIC

Return of DHP Family’s Charity Music Festival Beat the Streets Raises Another £76,000 for Framework

Charity music festival all dayer Beat the Streets made a welcome return this year to raise vital funds to help the homeless in Nottingham. Back with a bang with an in-person event this year after being forced online in 2021, the festival raised £76,000 to provide housing and specialist support to rough sleepers in and around Nottingham.

DHP Family 19th May 2022 MUSIC

The Floor is funding creators' projects

The Floor has increased its Creator Fund. Creators can request up to £5000 to get the most out of their upcoming project.

The Floor 18th May 2022 BUSINESS

Reservoir announces publishing deal with Roxy Music's lead guitarist, Phil Manzanera

Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a worldwide publishing deal with Roxy Music’s lead guitarist, musician and songwriter-producer, Phil Manzanera. The deal includes works from Manzanera’s catalog, which features songs by Roxy Music, as well as Pink Floyd, Tim Finn, and Brian Eno amongst others, plus future works.

Reservoir Media 18th May 2022 BUSINESS

BDi Music signs Ellysse Mason to exclusive deal

Independent publisher BDi Music has signed emerging artist and songwriter Ellysse Mason to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.

BDi Music 18th May 2022 BUSINESS

NFT marketplace Serenade announces $6m fundraise and expansion plans following breakthrough first six months

Serenade, the eco-friendly music NFT marketplace whose mission is to support artists by creating new revenue streams from unique fan experiences, has announced significant new investment and plans to expand its global operations following a breakthrough first six months.

Serenade 18th May 2022 BUSINESS

Calyx & TeeBee Drop Their Plates LP on RAM Records

Years in the making, and with tracks in the spotlight across the DJ circuit throughout this time, Calyx & TeeBee’s brand new ‘Plates’ project has finally hit stores. The standard which was set for ‘Plates’ remained clear; not just through the album’s art, but also in the return to dubplate culture which was the primary ethos behind its release. Calyx & TeeBee wanted to strip back the way in which people consumed their music through ‘Plates’, especially within the new digital age. And despite a global pandemic, they persevered in delivering their cuts across clubs, through DJ sets and online through live streams for RAM Records as well as music festivals around the world. So each individual release featured music which had already done damage, but with a less disposable feel to every single; something which has resonated with the pair's deep history within drum & bass.

Ram Records 13th May 2022 MUSIC
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Charlie Simpson: ‘If I’d have had a tenth of the stuff that kids have now, it would have blown my mind’

From Busted to Fightstar to establishing himself as a solo artist, Charlie Simpson has witnessed arguably the music industry’s most turbulent transition over a 22-year career. Here, he talks about his new album and life as an independent artist in the modern music business…

'We're taking The Music Federation membership and turning it into the most robust and autonomous A&R network that’s ever existed'

With the launch of a new advance facility, The Music Federation is marching towards its vision of a music ecosystem financed at release level - and backing its members to spend on new talent...

Future of grassroots music venues 'still uncertain' post-pandemic, warns MVT

“The stress of the last two years has taken a toll on confidence,” says Trust's COO Beverley Whitrick.

Manga Saint Hilare: 'If you can do it all yourself, you can’t be stopped'

After nearly 20 years in the game, Manga Saint Hilare has earned a reputation as one of grime's most gifted MCs. A member of Roll Deep as a teenager, today he is thriving as a self-managed, self-releasing artist...