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 […]


Global royalty collections for creators of music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature rose to a record high of €9.6bn (£8.4bn) in 2017, according to the CISAC Global Collections Report 2018. Global royalties from digital income topped the €1bn mark for the first time (£761.6m), with a 24 percent increase in 2017. Figures over five years also […]

First Announcements and Early Bird PRO Tickets for MENT Ljubljana 2019

The fifth edition of the winter festival of music creativity, taking place at various venues in Ljubljana from 30 January to 1 February 2019, is announcing its first performers – 24 acts from 17 countries. MENT Ljubljana, named Best Small and Best Indoor Festival in Europe at the beginning of the year, is doubling down […]

Independent music companies slam decision to green light the Sony/EMI merger

Sony’s move from joint to sole control of EMI Music Publishing has been approved today by the European regulator. This take-over allows Sony to double its catalogue of songs (from 2.16m to 4.21m compositions). Helen Smith, IMPALA’s Executive Chair, commented: “This goes against the regulator’s own precedents. In 2012, it ruled that divestments were required for Sony […]

The Cure to headline award-winning EXIT Festival in Serbia!

Early Birds on October 23rd! After they sold out Hyde Park for 65,000 music fans this year, The Cure are set to perform one of the most anticipated tours of 2019. They will be headlining some of the biggest European music festivals to celebrate 40 years of the band’s outstanding work. Leader of this iconic group, Robert Smith has […]