Editorial

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…

Latest from The IMI

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…

'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.

Why is Alcopop! Records getting into film?

The UK-based independent label announced its first foray into film this month, launching a brand-new distribution arm with the acquisition of feature length documentary Hollywood Bulldogs: The Rise And Falls Of The Great British Stuntman. Founder Jack Clothier tells The IMI that this is just the beginning…

Respects paid to Jamal Edwards after SBTV founder passes, aged 31

Edwards MBE was a YouTube pioneer who went on to become one of music's leading tastemakers and a respected accelerator of emerging talent.

Noemí Planas: WIN’s new GM on building indie collectives around the world

Noemí Planas took over the Worldwide Independent Network's leadership at the end of last year as part of a organisational restructuring. The IMI sat down to talk about her ambitions and objectives in 2022 and beyond...

Merlin’s mission to bring more indie music to YouTube

New Lickd agreement is an opportunity for indie rightsholders to surface and monetise more in the creator marketplace, says Merlin COO Lexton…

Christmas Wishes: IMI members look back on 2021 and forward to the new year

We speak to executives from indie music companies across the world about their challenges and achievements this year, and what they're hoping to see from the business in 2022...

'We sign writers as people – not as assets to be traded or to boost stock value'

Following a cautious 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bucks Music Group ramped up activity in 2021. The family-run indie publisher signed 15 songwriters to exclusive deals this year, as well as capitalising on a more confident sync market...

Lex Records at 20: 'I’m still running off those old rules of thumb - sign artists you believe in and invest in long-term deals'

Beginning life as an imprint at Warp, Lex Records became a fully independent indie in 2005, thanks in no small part to the rising star of Danger Mouse. Here, Lex founder Tom Brown looks back on the two decades that have passed since the label's first release, and talks about the old school principles that have led to Lex’s success…

'If big companies are serious about helping composers, they need to give them creative control of their releases'

Composer talent agency First Artists Management has launched a label. Hamish Duff, Head of the company’s European office, says that First Artists Recordings is in part a response to a reluctance from big corporations to release soundtracks that could boost composers’ careers…

Polish society ZAiKS ‘must take lead role in Eastern Europe’ following publisher membership change

After decades of campaigning for proper representation at ZAiKS, Polish publishers now hope the society will look outward as smaller music markets in the European region are primed for consolidation…

Member articles

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…

Roo Panes: 'There's more opportunity than ever for artists to go direct, to get their music heard, and for independents to make an impact'

Three albums and more than 20 singles and EPs into his musical career, Roo Panes has almost 185,000 followers and more than 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. He recently signed a publishing deal with BDi Music but already has a number of high profile, song-boosting syncs to his name...

How music rights-holders can cash in on performance sports

ClicknClear founder Chantal Epp talks about the difficulties and opportunities that this often overlooked revenue stream presents. From cheerleading to figure skating, licensing sports routines could be a multi-billion dollar market for music rights holders…

Reef's Gary Stringer: 'If the budget isn’t there, fill it with creativity'

Reef shot to stardom in the mid-90s with a major label deal in a music business that was a world away from the one we know now. Their next album lands in April on their own label powered by Absolute. Here, singer Gary Stringer talks about the band's approach in 2022, finding the right people, and doing more with less...

'Labels sign people all the time that never make it big. Doing it yourself is different'

Zuzu has lived the life of a major label signing and felt all the pressures and expectations that come with it. Now an independent artist using label services and D2C to reach her fans, she's in a much healthier position. She still, however, raises questions about the stresses put on young artists in a changing music industry...

How To Build A Sustainable Music Hub Outside of London

AIM's Member Focus series sees independent music companies break down their goals, the journey to achieving them and what others in the indie community can learn from them...

The Overtones: 'It became apparent we would have a lot more freedom and control over our destiny'

On the release of their 10 year anniversary album, and their second with Absolute, The Overtones' Mark Franks and Mike Crawshaw look back on their career, the changing music business and making the transition from major to independent...

Tileyard Connected kicks-off with Creative Communities panel

Nick Keynes, Rebecca Ayres, Kat Ober and Paul Pacifico explore virtual and physical communities within the creative industries, and the core elements that hold them together...

Report: Ayishat Akanbi and Seye Adelekan lead second Sound City Digital

Sound City Digital returned to the Guesthouse streaming platform at the end of April with music professionals, artists and commentators beaming in from all over the world to discuss the state of the modern music biz and beyond...

Keatly Haldeman x Andre Benz: The past, present and future of Trap Nation

With 30 million subscribers and more than 12 billion views, Trap Nation is one of the most successful music curation channels on YouTube. Today, it is the flagship of a genre-spanning group of channels called The Nations. Founder Andre Benz spoke with Riptide CEO Keatly Haldeman about his journey so far, his take on the music biz as an outsider, and his ambitions for the future.