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Welcome Seth Bloom

Posted in News by A2IM

We received a couple of calls asking about A2IM’s new Washington D.C. Lobbyist, Seth Bloom, since the first regulatory filing occurred this past week and there were reports in the press. Seth Bloom, of Bloom Strategic Counsel PLLC, joined the A2IM team the first week of June to represent A2IM on Capitol Hill.  He will ensure that the interests of Independent music labels are represented in the discussions taking place on copyrights and music licensing in Congress and at Federal agencies like the U.S. Commerce Department, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. Prior to starting Bloom Strategic Counsel last year, Seth was General Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee.  Among other things, he led the Subcommittee’s investigation into the Universal/EMI merger in 2012.  At Bloom Strategic Counsel, Seth represents major clients in the media, telecom, and high tech sectors. More information on Seth and his firm can be found on his firm’s web site – Please join us in welcoming Seth to the A2IM team.


Jim Mahoney to Join Merlin as U.S. GM

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Merlin will be opening a U.S. office in New York City this coming Fall and, with our support and blessing, Merlin will be hiring Jim Mahoney as U.S. GM.  Jim will not be moving “next door” until as late as mid-October until we hire and train two new people (because Jim is a big guy) to replace him.  The job descriptions for those two jobs, A2IM Director, Industry Relations/Communications and A2IM Director, Member Relations are here; please refer any interested candidates who meet the position qualifications.

For the past seven plus years at A2IM, Jim has been instrumental in supporting the U.S. Independent music label community, in all our successes, and we will be forever in his debt. We thank him for all he has accomplished while at A2IM. We know that Jim’s strong Indie advocacy will continue at Merlin, on a worldwide basis, and we wish him only the best, always!


A2IM CMJ Reception 2014 (NYC, Oct 20)

Posted in Events, Member Services, Members Only, News, Uncategorized by A2IM

We hope you will join us on Monday, October 20 from 6PM – 9PM at Slate (54 W. 21st St, NYC, map) for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and networking with your fellow members as they arrive in NYC for the annual CMJ conference. NOTE: This event is only open to A2IM members.


Sponsorships available. Please contact for more info.

If you have not yet registered for CMJ, please be sure to use your A2IM discount – info HERE.


Associate Member Spotlight: Rights’Up

Posted in Member Services, News by A2IM


Don’t loose time and money !
Rights’Up offers innovative worldwide solutions for collecting your royalties.

We all know that collecting broadcasting rights revenues worldwide is a real headache for music labels. Rights’Up offers a web platform entirely dedicated to helping  independent labels in their neighboring rights collection around the world.

Through its web platform, Rights’Up bridges the gap between labels and collecting companies around the world. Music labels have access to a variety of online tools dedicated to collecting and analyzing their rights. Built up in an innovative way, its services are constantly improving and its team continues to grow.

Since launching in 2012, Rights’Up has been working with more than 100 independent labels representing a repertoire of 450,000 tracks. Thanks to a constantly growing network (30+ countries), Rights’Up has gained vast experience in worldwide rights management, including many EU collecting societies.

Are you interested  in ways to easily register your music repertoire, manage it online & get relevant and transparent analytics on your worldwide music revenues ?

Get in touch with us to see how Rights’Up could collect for you worldwide:

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A2IM Discount: Billboard Film and TV Music 2014 (LA, Nov 5-6)

Posted in Events, Member Services, Special Offers by A2IM

Billboard_FILMTV2014Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference
November 5 & 6, 2014
Los Angeles, CA

The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard join forces to deliver a cutting-edge, two-day seminar on the role of music in film and television. Now in its 12th year, this Conference offers attendees the unique opportunity to learn from, network and expose their music directly to the best music supervisors, composers, directors, music editors, songwriters and producers in the business. The event also provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas – featuring roundtable discussions, and other networking cocktail parties and sessions.

A2IM Members may take advantage of promo code

This is members only content.


IMPALA SoundCloud Update

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IMPALA, our sister organization in Europe whose mission includes growing the independent music sector and improving political access, distributed the below note today.  A2IM has been receiving calls from members inquiring about the reports of SoundCloud negotiating a deal with the majors so we’re passing the Impala note along.

IMPALA Soundcloud Update


You will probably have seen a few press stories about SoundCloud recently, such as this one here.

In particular - “SoundCloud, a Berlin-based company with more than 250 million listeners a month, is negotiating with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group for licenses to continue playing songs from the biggest labels and avoid potential legal disputes, said people familiar with the talks. In return, SoundCloud is discussing giving each record label a roughly 3 percent to 5 percent stake, along with a percentage of future revenue, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.”

Please note that Merlin is in an ongoing discussion with SoundCloud to strike a commercial agreement on behalf of its members. Merlin would not strike any deal that did not provide its members with commensurate benefits, particularly now that the structure of the major labels deals is public. Any deal striked by Merlin would also need to ensure that the usage of repertoire is remunerated on an ongoing basis in line with other players in the streaming space.

We will keep you posted as negotiations on this issue keep progressing.