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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Merlin reveals streaming growth for independent label members in Japan

•    Merlin’s Tokyo office celebrates its second anniversary as distributions to Merlin’s Japan-based members increase 200%year-on-year •    Merlin CEO, Charles Caldas, to deliver keynote speech on “global growth” today at TIMM 2018 22nd October 2018, Tokyo: – Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, celebrates two years since the opening of its Japanese office – […]

New agenda for culture – A historic opportunity for the EU

Member of the European Parliament Giorgos Grammatikakis calls for the doubling of the funding for Creative Europe and for securing dedicated funding for “Music Moves Europe” in his report on the New European Agenda for Culture. “The New Agenda for Culture is a historic opportunity for the EU to adopt a comprehensive and coherent policy for culture […]

ESNS & IMPALA introduce the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards – EU new prize for music

IMPALA is a proud member of a unique alliance of European music industry partners supporting new music talent. The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are the new European Union Prize for popular and contemporary music implemented by ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag). The prize is to be awarded annually to those artists who represent the European sound […]

IMPALA supports key Brexit recommendations for cultural sectors

Following key recommendations on Brexit debated by IMPALA and other cultural organisations in Brussels last week, further IMPALA discussions will take place on implementation for the music sector at IMPALA’s AGM on 5 October. Hosted by the Finnish independent labels association Indieco, IMPALA’s AGM will take place at Music and Media conference in Tampere. Last week, more than […]

Research reveals Sony’s post-merger power over national music charts in Europe

Analysis of national music charts for 2017 carried out across key European countries  raises further concerns about the true impact of Sony’s take-over of EMI Music Publishing. Control of national charts is the test the EC uses when it examines mergers in the music market. The research show that Sony would control on average around 70% […]

Ten years: Merlin expands global team and celebrates a decade of growth

* Marta de la Hoz, Chaida Kapfunde and Quentin Martins will extend the level of service and expertise offered to Merlin’s independent label members * 2017 saw highest influx of new members since the agency’s inaugural year Today, 24th May 2018, Merlin celebrates its tenth anniversary as global digital rights agency for the independent label sector with the […]