In a July 1 branding column in Forbes, which describes the surprising scale of the “Indie Movement” A2IM is mentioned as a source of statistics:
According to the American Association of Independent Music, 34.6% of the market for recorded music came from indie labels in 2013. While some of those labels are fair-sized businesses, many of them are the direct output of individual artists or bands.
We congratulate Matador on their #1 debut for Queens of the Stone Age earlier this month. Forbes captured the essence of the Indie ethos in their article (HERE) with this quote: “The independent record label, however, originated not in a profit motive but from a place of heartfelt passion and progression.” We congratulate all at Beggars and Matador!
From Forbes contributing writer Scott Cleland comes this very reasoned look at the anti-piracy bills currently making their way through Congress and his belief as to why they’re likely to pass in 2012. Says Mr. Cleland in his piece, “While the anti-IP forces have disproportionate clout with social media, tech-oriented media, and the blogosphere, to create the perception of significant opposition to this legislation, their “chicken little – sky is falling” rhetoric has not gained traction because it is fact-challenged and way out of the mainstream, because America’s Constitution, economy, culture and success are predicated on enforceable property rights.” To read the full article click HERE.