Paul Pacifico on his AIM legacy, the indie community he leaves behind, and where he might end up next

On the eve of his final AIM Awards show, we speak to AIM's outgoing CEO about how he feels the trade body has evolved during his six-year tenure, some of the key battles he's fought for the sector, and where he feels indie rights-holders sit in today's market...

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Nottingham’s home to dance music Stealth begins new chapter after major upgrade

The award-winning club that regularly features in DJ Mag’s ‘Top 100 Clubs in the World’ is returning with top of the range production to deliver a fully immersive clubbing experience.

DHP Family 26th Sep 2022 MUSIC

Sentric Music Group makes key A&R hires across US

Sentric Music Group, part of Utopia Music, has made four key A&R hires in the United States, bringing experienced executives Matt DuFour, Carlos Escalona Cruz, Kebu Commissiong and Lou Plaia to the company. The hires follow Sentric’s move into North America and establish a presence in all the major markets within the territory.

Sentric Music Group, Utopia Music 26th Sep 2022 BUSINESS

Music Venue Trust responds to the UK Government’s plan to tackle energy crisis affecting grassroots music venues

"Music Venue Trust warmly welcomes this intervention by the Government, which appears at face value to comprehensively tackle the immediate short term energy crisis for Grassroots Music Venues."

Music Venue Trust 21st Sep 2022 BUSINESS
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‘Metaverse can follow gaming’s multi-billion dollar DLC market trajectory’

Perfect Havoc’s Rob Davies draws parallels following label’s anniversary NFT launch…

What happens when a music studio tells artists ‘Pay what you can’?

The Ranch Production House has allowed musicians to name their price for studio use between August and October to combat the cost of living crisis – but the model could become a permanent fixture, says founder Neil Kennedy…

'We’re in the best era for composer creatives to really go for it. Be brave. Take risks'

A couple of music-loving lads from the Midlands who didn’t have any local industry role models when they were coming up are now world-renowned in-demand composers following decades of exceptional contribution to their craft. With industry kudos, multiple international awards wins and an abundance of experience between them, Benji Merrison and Will Slater are here to advocate for an age of fearlessly creative independent composers. 

Jeremy Sirota on demystifying Merlin, explosive growth and the Web3 potential for indies

Since Sirota joined Merlin in 2020, the New York-based exec has brought an experience that benefits from roles at both major music and tech corporations. The independent digital music licensing organisation has seen its ranks increase by 140, shooting past 500 members, while signing deals with no less than 15 new platforms or major new features…

Paris next for Ultra’s growing global network of studios

With recording facilities in Los Angeles, London, Stockholm, Atlanta and (most recently) Liverpool, Ultra founder Patrick Moxey believes studios are still the best incubators for songwriters…

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Press Releases from IMI Members

Nottingham’s home to dance music Stealth begins new chapter after major upgrade

The award-winning club that regularly features in DJ Mag’s ‘Top 100 Clubs in the World’ is returning with top of the range production to deliver a fully immersive clubbing experience.

DHP Family 26th Sep 2022 MUSIC

Sentric Music Group makes key A&R hires across US

Sentric Music Group, part of Utopia Music, has made four key A&R hires in the United States, bringing experienced executives Matt DuFour, Carlos Escalona Cruz, Kebu Commissiong and Lou Plaia to the company. The hires follow Sentric’s move into North America and establish a presence in all the major markets within the territory.

Sentric Music Group, Utopia Music 26th Sep 2022 BUSINESS

Music Venue Trust responds to the UK Government’s plan to tackle energy crisis affecting grassroots music venues

"Music Venue Trust warmly welcomes this intervention by the Government, which appears at face value to comprehensively tackle the immediate short term energy crisis for Grassroots Music Venues."

Music Venue Trust 21st Sep 2022 BUSINESS
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L.A.B return with ‘Fashion Dread Dub’ a dubbed out version of their original track 'Fashion Dread' which arrives alongside a live mixdown video

Following last week's win at the Maori Music Awards, New Zealand Roots Band, L.A.B release their 2nd single, Fashion Dread Dub, from the forthcoming album, L.A.B in DUB, a collaboration with Italian sonic visionary Paolo Baldini and legendary dub label, Echo Beach. L.A.B are a multi-award winning and platinum selling band, they play a seamless mix of reggae, rock, blues, electronica and funk. Their last album, L.A.B V enjoyed 20 million streams on Spotify as well as more than 10,000 radio spins worldwide from over 100 stations including the BBC. L.A.B are selling out stadiums across the Pacific and heading to the UK in 2023.

DVIBES 26th Sep 2022 MUSIC

Music Venue Trust announces Ticketmaster as headline sponsor for Venues Day 2022

Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced Ticketmaster as the headline sponsor for its forthcoming Venues Day annual networking event, which takes place on Tuesday 18th October at Hackney Church (formerly known as St John at Hackney Church), London. 

Music Venue Trust 21st Sep 2022 BUSINESS

Stormzy & Rina Sawayama win big at AIM Awards 2022

Stormzy and Rina Sawayama will be recognised for their outstanding achievements and ground-breaking work at this year's Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards. The final list of nominees are also unveiled ahead of the star-studded ceremony on 28 September at London's Roundhouse, with rising star Pixey completing the line up of the live show.

AIM 21st Sep 2022 BUSINESS

YMU expands into gaming and sports marketing as Digital Sports Mgmt joins the group

Digital Sports MGMT represents leading brands such as Warner Bros and Xbox, and influencers such as Danny Aarons, ShaunaGames and AJ3

YMU 21st Sep 2022 BUSINESS

One-woman neofolk project Ols releases new music video; new album in October

One-woman dark neofolk project from Poland, Ols, returns with darker & bolder music on new album “Pustkowia”, scheduled for a 20 October 2022 release via Pagan Records. Ahead of the album's release, Ols releases a music video to the single "Pustacie". The new album will be available in digipak and digital formats and pre-orders are open now.

Pagan Records 20th Sep 2022 MUSIC

Public Pressure announces partnership with Diesel to promote emerging artists with Web3 culture & technology

Public Pressure, a Web3 media company with a carbon-neutral NFT music marketplace, is joining forces with fashion brand, Diesel, to celebrate the fabric and future of underground music.

Public Pressure 20th Sep 2022 BUSINESS

Becky Hill and Martin Hall to be recognised at the 2022 Artist & Manager Awards in association with beatBread

Becky Hill will receive our Artist of the Year Award for her outstanding achievements in 2022 The MMF & FAC recognise Martin Hall’s 30+ year career in artist management representing clients including Manic Street Preachers, The Script and Wet Leg beatBread confirmed as the A&MAs headline sponsor for the November 17th ceremony

MMF 20th Sep 2022 BUSINESS

Neoclassical veterans ATARAXIA unveil “Aura Magi” lyric video

Italian neoclassical band unveils the third single from its upcoming 28th studio album, “Pomegranate - The Chant Of The Elementals”

The Circle Music 15th Sep 2022 MUSIC
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What happens when a music studio tells artists ‘Pay what you can’?

The Ranch Production House has allowed musicians to name their price for studio use between August and October to combat the cost of living crisis – but the model could become a permanent fixture, says founder Neil Kennedy…

'We’re in the best era for composer creatives to really go for it. Be brave. Take risks'

A couple of music-loving lads from the Midlands who didn’t have any local industry role models when they were coming up are now world-renowned in-demand composers following decades of exceptional contribution to their craft. With industry kudos, multiple international awards wins and an abundance of experience between them, Benji Merrison and Will Slater are here to advocate for an age of fearlessly creative independent composers. 

Jeremy Sirota on demystifying Merlin, explosive growth and the Web3 potential for indies

Since Sirota joined Merlin in 2020, the New York-based exec has brought an experience that benefits from roles at both major music and tech corporations. The independent digital music licensing organisation has seen its ranks increase by 140, shooting past 500 members, while signing deals with no less than 15 new platforms or major new features…

Paris next for Ultra’s growing global network of studios

With recording facilities in Los Angeles, London, Stockholm, Atlanta and (most recently) Liverpool, Ultra founder Patrick Moxey believes studios are still the best incubators for songwriters…