Proper Music Group

Proper sign distribution deal with Independent Venue Week

Three year sales and distribution deal covers UK & ROI. Limited-edition, independent store exclusive vinyl due out 3rd December. Compilation includes tracks from Amy Macdonald, IDLES and Frank Turner

London, 30th November 2021

The UK’s leading physical distributor, Proper Music Group, has signed a three year sales and distribution deal for the UK & ROI with Independent Venue Week.

Coming together in support of the independent music and retail sectors, the deal’s debut release ‘Independent Venue Week LIVE 2021’ is the fourth compilation record in IVW’s live album series, this year featuring nine live tracks from 11 artists, all recorded across 13 different IVW venues. Pressed on 180g black vinyl, the single gatefold release will be a limited-edition, 400 unit run, available exclusively through independent record stores around the UK on the 3rd December.

Utilising Proper’s extensive specialist knowledge, the physical release marks IVW’s ongoing commitment to vinyl-only releases and follows a difficult period of temporary closures for both independent venues and indie record stores. Released through IVW’s own label ‘I Like The Sound Of That’, this year’s live album was curated through the complications of lockdown restrictions and features tracks from some of the UK’s brightest talents. It includes IVW Ambassador for Scotland Amy Macdonald, who recorded a special, pre-recorded show at Glasgow’s Òran Mór, members of IDLES recording virtually at some of their favourite Bristol independent venues, and a track from Frank Turner, whose live streamed shows during the pandemic raised thousands in support of grassroots venues.

Charlie Rickard, Independent Venue Week’s Director of Production, said: “We’re over the moon to have such an eclectic line-up of artists on Independent Venue Week Live 2021 from some wonderful venues around the country. We are incredibly grateful to the venues, artists and people behind the scenes that have made this happen. IVW 2022 more than ever will be such a wonderful celebration now that we can all be back together in person again. Having Proper handling the distribution of the record is such a natural fit as we both share the same ethos when it comes to the independent music ecosystem.”

Vangel Vlaski, Senior Label Manager at Proper Music Distribution Ltd, added: “We’re delighted to be working alongside IVW on this year’s brilliant compilation record, highlighting the incredible shows taking place at grassroots venues all around the country. With the limited edition vinyl being an indie store exclusive, it’s a really great initiative, supporting both artists and the shops that champion them.”

Amy Macdonald, IVW Scottish Ambassador 2021, commented: “I was so honoured to be asked to represent independent venues in Scotland for IVW 2021, without small venues I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now, I’m forever thankful for the opportunity they gave me! Oran Mor is such a beautiful venue in my hometown, so it was great to get the guys together and do a few songs there, even if we couldn’t get an audience in.”



1. 1990s Chris. Ft Shauna – The Speckles | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

2. Lau.ra ft NOVA – Vitamins | Hot Box Live Events, Chelmsford

3. Never Not Nothing – Ritual Destruction | The Boileroom, Guildford

4. Young Knives – Swarm | Caravan Sessions / Self Recorded

5. IDLES – Carcinogenic | The Louisiana, The Exchange, The Mother’s Ruin, The Old Duke, Trinity Centre, Bristol



1. Frank Turner – The Gathering | Adlib, Liverpool

2. Connor Fyfe – Truth Be Told | Òran Mór, Glasgow

3. Amy Macdonald – Statues | Òran Mór, Glasgow

4. SOFY – Strawberry Milkshake | The 100 Club, London


About Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week is a seven-day nationwide celebration of music venues around the country and the people that own, run and work in them. The venues – the backbone of the live music scene – give artists their first experience of playing live to an audience and allow fans to get up close to artists who may one day be playing stadiums and festival main stages.

They also provide those wanting a career in music, off the stage, the chance to learn their craft up close in a small venue. IVW highlights why they are also cultural hubs for learning, creativity, arts and culture more widely in the local community for people from all walks of life. IVW brings together venues with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs.

About Proper Music Group

Proper Music Group is a full services company providing everything from global physical and digital distribution to artist and label services, publishing, D2C, and its own record label. Clients are able to tap into as much or as little of Proper’s offering as fits their needs.


Its distribution arm, Proper Music Distribution – the UK’s leading physical distributor, handling over 1,000,000 titles at any one time – is renowned for its specialist knowledge and personal service coupled with its wide market reach and influence.


Distributing for over 1000 independent labels and service companies including Absolute Label Services, ADA, AWAL, Believe, Cherry Red, Concord, Epitaph, Hospital, INgrooves, Kartel, Orchard, Redeye, RSK, Snapper and SRD, the company collectively represent 10% of the UK physical recorded music market.

Proper Music Group received The Company Award: Diversity In The Workplace at the Women In Music Awards 2017, and was also awarded Best Sales Team at the Music Week Awards in 2020 & 2017, and Best Distributor in 2012, 2010 & 2009.

Proper Music Group

Proper Music Group Ltd is the holding company for the music related businesses owned and operated since 1988 by Malcolm Mills. The two principal trading companies are Proper Music Distribution Ltd and Proper Records Ltd.