Editorial

'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…

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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…

Sandé’s only scratched the surface as a songwriter, says Reservoir

The ‘remarkable artist’ is exploring opportunities writing music for screen and stage with her new publisher...

Space Shower FUGA wants to help international artists break Japan

The new JV between global B2B distributor FUGA and Japanese media company Space Shower is looking to provide a platform for businesses inside Japan and abroad to make the most of the territory's new digital music ecosystem...

How The Stranglers scored their best chart position in 38 years with Absolute

The British band’s Dark Matters album entered the Top 5 of the UK Official Albums Chart at the end of September. A bittersweet success, the record pays tribute to the band’s keyboard player Dave Greenfield, who passed away from Covid-19…

Indie Vision: IMI member execs pitch for AIM Board positions

Alexandria Hock, Hugh Worskett, Jason Ngimbi, Jason Rackam, Joseph Hatch and Tobenna Egekwu are among candidates for the 2021 AIM Board to be announced at the organisation's AGM later this month...

Those with the power to eradicate the music biz black box ‘are looking the other way’

Independent operators are being dealt a bad hand by a system that blindly distributes unallocated royalties from streaming, social media and more according to market share. This company says it can solve the transparency issue – but is this a problem that some would rather not fix?

Tributes pour in after X-ray Touring's Steve Strange passes

"A universally known, hugely respected and loved character - if you hadn’t already seen him at a gig or festival, you’d most certainly hear his infectious and infamous laugh."

Toby L: 'Arlo Parks proves indie capabilities on global scale'

"We hope that this is a shining example that truly great art with a loving, hard-working team can reach everyone," says Transgressive co-founder following Mercury Prize win...

Spek: ESMAA launch 'signals new era for performance licensing in Gulf markets’

In territories that have largely ignored performance licensing until now, Popasia and ESMAA founder Spek expects to see a lot of growth that will be meaningful to the local and global music industry...

'NFTs can be core distribution and funding tool for music biz'

Serenade founder Max Shand says there’s an incentive for both artists and fans to support the new technology – and savvy music industry professionals are learning how to make the most of the opportunity…

Artists on Marshall Records now get majority of revenue post recoupment

“We have to continue to learn and not be afraid to challenge convention. It’s what Jim did all those years ago…”

'There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a cottage industry'

The AIM Independent Music Awards returns on August 25. In the weeks leading up to this year's ceremony, The IMI has been sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This week, meet Achal Dhillon and Sam Hong from Killing Moon and, now, The Music Federation...

Member articles

'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.

Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn

Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn: 'We had meetings with big labels and were never impressed'

Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn have been completely independent for more than a decade now. It certainly hasn't held them back - today they have more than half a million monthly listeners and 46,000 followers on Spotify alone. Here they speak to their label services partner Absolute following the release of their latest LP Handle With Care in March.

'I’m not interested in fitting into the music industry, I’m trying to build my own tribe'

A multi-instrumentalist and producer, George Barnett has thrived in lockdown - and gained a new sense of self.

'I don't have a traditional label deal and my level of control is massive'

More than half a million YouTube subscribers, 100 million video views, and Hannah Trigwell is still completely indie.