At the Worldwide Independent Music Industry Network meeting held at Midem last month our colleagues from around the world reaffirmed the WIN music label Manifesto (quotes HERE) and the WIN Global Counsel Members were set. The Manifesto sets our worldwide common goals and values and the Council provides our leadership. We thank the U.S. label representatives, Daniel Glass – Glassnote (NY), Jim Selby – Naxos USA (Franklin, TN) and Darius Van Arman – Dead Ocean’s/Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian (Bloomington, IN), for their leadership!
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2013 marked another strong showing for A2IM members at MIDEM, with over 250 U.S. independent music representatives holding court at A2IM’s American Independents Pavilion. A2IM’s presence in its eighth year attending the international conference was bolstered by the U.S. ITA MDCP grant to support independent music exports, which helped eligible independents cover up to 50% of the expenses needed to make the trip.
Highlights from A2IM’s activities this week included two cocktail mixers, one hosted by SoundExchange and one hosted by Counterpoint Systems, and a press conference to discuss the MDCP grant, counting among its guests the U.S. Commerce Department ITA’s Nicole Lamb-Hale, assistant secretary for manufacturing and services at the United States Department of Commerce’s International Trade Adminstration and Andrea DaSilva MDCP’s Project Leader and Senior Media and Entertainment Analyst. Read the International Trade Administration’s Blog Post HERE.
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A2IM is a member of the global independent label community representing our members’ rights and interests pertaining to issues and opportunities that occur or exist outside of the U.S. We represent our members via A2IM being a member of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) which has representatives from over 20 countries looking at areas of common interest on a worldwide basis.
As we’ve previously reported, WIN has published a Global Indie Manifesto and we’re asking for your label’s endorsement of the Manifesto and for you to share the Manifesto with your artists and artist managers and ask them to also endorse this document.
We need all endorsement quotes, with photographs if possible, by September 25th. Please send them to Jim Mahoney.
The purpose of this Indie Manifesto:
The indie music sector is creative, confident and successful. Worldwide it is now impressively big. It is distinct and different from the major multinationals – and is recognized for that by artists and the public and, increasingly, by business and politics.
Now is a very good time to say what this important difference is: that the strength of the indie music sector comes from its character – a shared set of beliefs, ideas, ambitions and ways of working which are at the heart of the independent music business anywhere in the world, even though there are local differences
Why we need your endorsement:
· For the first time there is a clear global view of what are the basic, unchanging beliefs and values which can and should be put into practice by all independent music companies. So through WIN, the Worldwide Independent Network, indie music trade associations have worked together this year to write a 10-point worldwide indie music manifesto.
· We recognise that the global independent music sector has a market share which places it firmly alongside the major multinationals; and as the driver of creativity and artist development, the indie music sector is better than the majors.
· As WIN spreads the common themes outlined in the Indie Manifesto your endorsement adds to the strength and impact of the message which in turn improves your business and how your artists are treated in the market.
This manifesto is not political. It is not aggressive. It is not a binding set of rules.
It pulls together what we already know is generally true, and best, about the indie music sector, and the common goals we all are or should be working towards. For example, the partnership approach of indie music companies and their artists is already widely recognized and respected: where such an approach is embedded in any company’s business practice it leads naturally to fairness in commercial dealings between artists and labels. We should work towards ensuring that this approach is adopted by all indies, and that it is reciprocal – recognizing and rewarding the input of both artists and their partners, the labels. It recognizes that all independent music businesses contribute to local culture, diversity, jobs and export opportunities, and multiply the economic success of related industries- so deserve Government recognition and support. It calls for fair and transparent allocation and distribution of collecting society revenue.
MIDEM 2013 (January 26-29, Cannes) will once again feature the A2IM American Independents Pavilion (see pics from last year HERE) as we host 200+ senior executives from the A2IM membership who will hold their meetings, conduct business, and network from our pavilion overlooking the French Riviera.
* See the list of A2IM members registered to attend MIDEM 2013 so far HERE.
* Information for A2IM registrants can be found HERE.
A2IM members are invited to REGISTER NOW at the discounted rate of €495 per registrant. To use the A2IM discount you must use THIS FORM.
Complete the forms and return them to Sheryl Cohen or via fax to 212 999 7984.
Great news! Due to new tax laws in France, A2IM members will NOT be charged French VAT (Value Added Tax) which you may recall was 19.6%.
This year, in addition to our discounted registration rate and members’ pavilion eligible A2IM members can also apply to participate in the MDCP grant. Read eligibility and application guidelines HERE. This grant will reimburse eligible members up to 50% of the costs associated with attending MIDEM 2013.
A2IM is seeking partner sponsors to co-host our nightly sunset cocktail parties on the Riviera. If you’re interested in being the co-host to these “must attend” parties that take place at our pavilion from 5pm to 7pm and are attended by several hundred VIPs each night please contact Jennifer Masset.