Editorial

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…

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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…

‘The majors have benefitted from AI for years. I want to bring it to indie labels and artists’

Music collaboration platform Aux App is investing in artificial intelligence to help independent operators find the right partners and collaborators early on during any given music project. Founder Ben Bowler says it’s something that the big players are already way ahead on, but he wants to change that…

Jan Bang and Erik Honoré are launching a new label. Here’s the inside scoop

Linked to Norway’s Punkt Festival, and a sub-label of Jazzland Recordings, Punkt Editions is set for launch in September and billed as a brand-new platform for Punkt related music past, present and future…

‘If I'm able continue to release records the way I want to, I am succeeding’

The A2IM Libera Awards return next week, on June 16. In the lead up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This time, meet Don Giovanni Records…

‘Put your fans first and they won't steer you wrong’

The A2IM Libera Awards return next week, on June 16. In the lead up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This time, meet Oh Boy Records…

‘Now any artist or label can potentially reach a global audience. That’s powerful’

The A2IM Libera Awards return next week, on June 16. In the lead up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This time, meet Innovative Leisure…

‘Independents have as much power as we're willing to fight for’

The A2IM Libera Awards return next week, on June 16. In the lead up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. Say hello to Sundazed Music…

'There's a huge gap for more music TV programming, especially for upcoming artists'

Newly launched PGTV is bringing high production music TV to a new generation on social media - and hoping to play a big part in artists' release strategies as they fight to cut through the noise...

Grassroots venue landlords ‘extremely willing to sell’ as MVT looks to step in with 50% rent reductions

Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd reveals details and strategy of new Music Venues Properties project…

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…

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...

Member articles

Tia Kofi: ‘I want to be recognised as an artist beyond being a drag queen on a reality show’

Tia Kofi found fame during the second series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK. Since then, she has surrounded herself with respected industry names to help develop a musical career that can stand on its own…

Marina Elderton: 'You have to be obsessed to get there without a really big team around you'

With a dual career as a sought-after composer for media and a recording artist currently under her ELDR moniker, Marina Elderton reflects on life as an independent artist following the release of a new EP...

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...