Swedish act VIAGRA BOYS pockets IMPALA’s European Album of the Year award

The winner of the 9 th edition of IMPALA’s Album of the Year award is V**GRA BOYS with “Street Worms”, released on Swedish independent label YEAR0001. V**gra Boys succeeds previous winners including Gurr, Agnes Obel, The xx, Adele, Guadalupe Plata and Efterklang. Sweden’s worst kept secret, V**gra Boys (** because of spam filters) is a […]

[Europe For Creators] – Open letter to YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki

Europe For Creators is asking YouTube for access to the same tools YT has used to promote its own messages on the EU’s copyright directive and article 13. The request is to allow Europe For Creators to message YouTubers and place banner ads on YouTube’s network, in the same way YT has done. An open […]

Creative sector unite to address the European Parliament ahead of copyright vote

We, the undersigned organisations, representing authors, composers, writers, journalists, performers and others working in all artistic fields, news agencies, book, press and music publishers, audiovisual and independent music producers call on the European Parliament to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This Directive has been long sought to create a much-needed […]

Journalist Markus Tobiassen and newspaper Dagens Næringsliv receive IMPALA outstanding contribution award

Each year, IMPALA recognises a person, an organisation or an initiative whose actions had a major impact on the independent music sector. This year, the award goes to journalist Markus Tobiassen and the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv for their exceptional work investigating alleged streaming data manipulation. The award was handed out to Markus by IMPALA’s Executive Chair Helen Smith during the by:Larm music festival in Norway. IMPALA felt the work […]

18 nominees unveiled for the IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award

2018 was a great year for European independents and it’s time to have a look at the pick of the bunch: there are no less than 18 nominees for this 9th edition of our album of the year award, showcasing once again how Europe’s independent music sector is thriving. Nominees include a wide range of genres and artists, from an Estonian psychedelic dream-pop band to Croatian surf rock and from a Portuguese collaborative project to […]

RUNDA – A new champion for the Balkans’ independent record labels

Today marks the official launch of RUNDA – complete name Regionalna udruga nezavisnih diskografa – the regional association of independent discographers for the Balkans, whose work and membership will cover the whole of ex-Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia) as well as Albania. Based in Zagreb, the trans-national association – a very first structure of this […]

New festival and conference names for the fifth MENT

MENT Ljubljana is announcing 26 new acts that will help turn Ljubljana into a mecca for music between 30 January and 1 February. The current holder of the title of Best Indoors and Best Small European Festival will feature Iranian-Dutch musician Sevdaliza, whose 2017 LP “ISON” has received praise from basically all global media and saw […]

MENT Ljubljana for equal representation of women in the music industry

MENT Ljubljana for equal representation of women in the music industry MENT Ljubljana is the first festival in the region to join the international Keychange campaign. Keychange invests in emerging female talent whilst encouraging festivals to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance pledge by 2022.   Representation of women in the music industry remains […]

Independents Now Represent 39.9% of Global Recorded Music

WINTEL2018 is the third report produced for Worldwide Independent Network (WIN),mapping the global market share of the independent sector at copyright, rather than distribution level. This new report was created and commissioned by WIN to analyse the global economic and cultural impact of the independent music sector. It is created by Mark Mulligan of MIDiA […]

European independents congratulate Sugar Music for Bocelli’s success

IMPALA, the European organisation of Independent music companies in Europe, congratulated Sugar Music and its team for the extraordinary achievement of a number 1 in the album charts at the same time in the USA and the UK with Andrea Bocelli’s “Si”.  IMPALA held its board meeting this week in Milan at the conference Linecheck, hosted by […]