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 […]

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 […]