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A2IM Discount: AIM’s Indie-Con 2014 (London, Nov 18)

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Indie-Con, AIM’s unique conference devised for independent labels and artists, returns to London England on November 18, 2014. A 1-day conference attended by over 400 people from across the independent music industry, Indie-Con offers networking opportunities and a stellar line-up of notable speakers from across the industry. There’s a 30% discount for A2IM members wanting to attend.

Supported by Clear Sound & Vision, Indie-Con returns to London’s Glaziers Hall. The event will take an in-depth look at all the key areas essential for running a successful independent music business, offering a unique program of sessions aimed at helping independent labels and artists grow their businesses and get their music heard. Indie-Con is the only conference in the UK to focus specifically on meeting the business needs of independent labels and self-releasing artists, and attracts delegates from all over the World.

Indie-Con 2014 runs from 9:15am – 5pm, with lunch served between 12:30 and 2pm. Doors open for registration at 9:15am, with the first session beginning at 10:15am.

Sessions taking place include:

  • The Dark Art of Music PR
  • Successful Music Funding (case studies)
  • What is a Fair Artist Contract in 2014?
  • The 5 Most Interesting Things Happening In The Music Market Right Now – presented by Music Week
  • Is The Album Format Dead?
  • How To Get Your Music On the Radio
  • Record Store Day 2015 – overview for labels from the Entertainment Retailers Association
  • Brits Abroad: Everything You Need To Know About International Showcasing
  • I’m With The Brand: Brands Supporting Grassroots Talent
  • Opportunities for Independent Music on TV
  • Developing A Successful Live Career For Your Artist
  • Surviving & Thriving! Indie Label Success Stories

An impressive line-up of speakers has already been confirmed to speak at the event, including:
Anna Karatziva (MTV) * David Emery (Kobalt Label Services) * Barbara Charone (MBC PR) * Simon Williams (Fierce Panda) * Michael Lightford (Vision Nine / Relentless) * Kelly Chappel (Live Nation) * Tony Arthy (Worn Out / Vans) * George Ergatoudis (BBC Radio 1) * Dan Le Sac (artist) * Beckie Sugden (The Agency) * Joseph Frankland (PRS For Music Foundation) * Caroline Reason (CAA) * Martin Mills (Beggars Group) * Tim Ingham (Music Week) * Charlie Phillips (AIM) * Camilla Pia (BBC 6Music) * Craig Brookes (Cobra Tours) * Alexander Milas (Metal Hammer/Team Rock * Mike Walsh (XFM) * Kim Bayley (Entertainment Retailers Association) * Kieran Yeates (BBC Introducing) * Nathaniel Cramp (Sonic Cathedral) * Jamie Stockwood (The Zeitgeist Agency) * Lauren Wilson & Dan Garber (TAPEREC) * Tom Carson (Jagermeister) * Nigel Adams (Full Time Hobby) * Darius Van Arman (Secretly Group) * Crispin Parry (British Underground) * Louisa Rainbird (Sky) * William Shanahan (Disrupt Ltd) * Alison Wenham (AIM) * Tim Dellow & Toby L (Transgressive Records) * Daniel Cross (Record Play) * Stuart Green (Manager, Fat White Family) * Christian Rodwell (CR2 Records) * Angie Somerside (Red Bull Records) * Martin Talbot (The Official Charts Company) * Anthony Shaw (Best Before Records) * Alex Hoffman (Noisey) * Simon Raymonde (Bella Union) * Shirin Foroutan (Mute) * Adam Ryan (The Great Escape) * Tara Richardson (QPrime) * MistaJam (BBC 1Xtra / Radio 1), Luke Turner (The Quietus) * Nathan Barley Phillips (Basick Records).

Many more to be announced soon! Find out more about the program at


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SXSW Accelerator 2015 Entry Deadline

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2015 SXSW Accelerator: Entry Deadline Is Friday, November 7, 2014

Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders by participating in the 2015 SXSW Accelerator. This event takes place on March 14th and 15th as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival, during which you can improve your product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish your elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW Interactive has to offer. The deadline to register is Friday, November 7 so visit today.


1) Deadline: Friday, November 7, 2014

2) Launch date eligibility requirements:
a. A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March 16, 2014.
b. A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 16, 2015.
c. Companies will be allowed to submit only one product / services to the SXSW Accelerator event.
d. Companies who submit more than one product / services will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW Accelerator pitch event.
e. Founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate.
f. Company must not have raised over five million in funds from combined funding sources.
g. Product or service must fall within one of the SXSW Accelerator pitch event categories.

3) Is there an application fee?
a. Yes, a non-refundable $200 entry fee will be required from all applicants who would like to be considered for participation in the event.

4) Applicants must be within one of the six categories:

  • Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies encompasses applications and technologies that facilitate comprehension and application of information. These startups seek to improve productivity and management of data, analytics, text, documents, and engagement for business and individual use.
  • Entertainment and Content Technologies highlights applications and technologies for gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment. These are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. This category also contains technologies that focus on other cultural sectors such as sports, travel, mapping, publishing and food as they pertain to entertainment
  • Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies involves patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospitals, clinics) and benefit providers. These products and services enable people to collect and share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels. These may include Internet of Things and wearable devices, but such devices may be more appropriate in the Wearable Technologies or Innovative World categories (see below).
  • Social Technologies includes applications and technologies that enable personal connections. With this category we’re looking for new and interesting uses, cases, products and services, as well as messaging that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share our lives with others. If your business or service has a social component but is primarily focused on Entertainment, Health or Wearable Technologies, then you should enter one of these other categories instead.
  • Wearable Technologies focuses on technology worn on, in, or around the body. As this major technology cycle advances we are seeking all types of wearable products that advance human performance and wellness, as well as those involved in apparel, accessories, fashion and lifestyle. If your product is focused on patient/clinician information, please apply in the Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies category.
  • Innovative World Technologies - Any creative and innovative technology that does not fit in another category is encouraged to apply here. We are currently seeing lots of innovation in the Internet of Things, payments and virtual currencies, data security and privacy, transportation such as autonomous vehicles, energy, space, robotics, and artificial intelligence, If your business / service / application applies to one of these fields (or something not on this list that is even more ground-breaking), then this is your category.

5) Will SXSW announce the Judges and Emcee before the event?

Yes, the Judges and Emcees who are industry experts and/or investors from the financial community will be announced later this year on the SXSW website. Here is an example of past Judges and Emcees – Tim Draper of DFJ, John Sculley of Apple/Pepsi, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital, Chris Hughes of New Republic/Facebook, Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Scott Weiss of Andreessen Horowitz, and Bob Metcalfe of Ethernet/3Com.

6) Where can I get more information:

Visit the Accelerator website at or contact Jennifer Masset, A2IM’s Senior Director of Member Services and Advisory Board Member for SXSW Accelerator.


A2IM Discount: SXSW 2015

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A2IM’s registration discount reflects the lower price from the previous registration period.

Members must use the SXSW online form to access the discount.

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Sept. 13 – Oct. 24 $650
Oct. 25 – Nov. 21 $695
Nov. 22 – Jan. 16 $725
Jan. 17 – Feb. 13 $750
Feb. 14 – March 22 $795

Sept. 13 – Oct. 24 $1345
Oct. 25 – Nov. 21 $1425
Nov. 22 – Jan. 16 $1495
Jan. 17 – Feb. 13 $1575
Feb. 14 – March 17 $1645

Returning registrants can use their existing user name/password, new registrants must create a new account in the SXSW E-Commerce system.

This code is to be entered in the online registration form when prompted in the checkout process. This code is good for A2IM members only. SXSW will verify all discounted registrations.

Please direct any questions regarding registration to

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! A2IM’s Annual SXSW Breakfast will take place on Thursday, March 19 from 9AM – noon. Info HERE.


A2IM Chicago Meetup (Sept 24)

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We hope you will join us at Piece Brewery and Pizzeria, 1927 W. North Ave, Chicago, map on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 6PM – 8PM for an opportunity to meet with your fellow members, drink, eat, and have fun!


Big thanks to A to Z Media for providing the pizzas!


A2IM SXSW Breakfast 2015 (March 19, Austin)

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SAVE THE DATE! A2IM is returning to Austin for our annual SXSW breakfast and Executive One-on-One Sessions on Thursday, March 19 from 9AM – 12PM at Parkside Austin, 301 E. 6th Street @ San Jacinto, Austin, map.

This event is only open to A2IM members.

Sponsorships available. Please contact Jennifer Masset for more info.

Thanks to our first co-sponsor, Sound Performance!


Indie Week 2015 (June 22-26)

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SAVE THE DATE! Let’s do this! Indie Week 2015 will celebrate our 10th Anniversary during the week of June 22-26, 2015 in NYC.

We hope to see you there! Stay tuned for more details. These events are only open to A2IM members.

For a rough idea of what you can expect, visit the overview of Indie Week 2014.

Sponsorships available. Please contact Jennifer Masset for more info.

Thanks to our first co-sponsor, Consolidated Independent!