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Associate Member Spotlight: SoundExchange

An Ally for the Independent Music Community

SoundExchange would like to thank every member of the independent music community for the continuing opportunity to support your music career.

As a demonstration of our support, SoundExchange salutes independent artist and label members with a new “Declarations of Independents” initiative that captures and champions the spirit, drive and music of indies. Check out our video below featuring Oh Boy Records (Eileen Tilson and Jody Whelan), Weirdo Workshop (Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony), CandyShop Recordings’ Los Angeles-based indie rock band The Mowgli’s, and Title 9 Productions singer-songwriter, Melanie Fiona.

At SoundExchange, we remain deeply engaged with the important work of the creative women and men of the independent music community. That includes transparently and efficiently processing your royalties and participating in rate settings to ensure fair pay for all creators.

SoundExchange is doing the business … that most musicians don’t often spend enough time doing. They’re fighting the big fights and the small fights for you to be protected in every way.    – Claude Kelly, Weirdo Workshop

We’ll share many independent stories and more “declarations” throughout the year, giving voice to artists and labels who represent this vital part of the music industry. In addition, SoundExchange will be at South by Southwest® this week, hosting the SoundExchange SESSIONS on Thursday, March 15 at Mohawk. Don’t miss our lineup featuring a mix of indie artists/labels including:


Outdoor Stage

Jade Bird: 8:00 PM (Glassnote Records)

Billie Eilish: 9:00 PM (Darkroom/Interscope)

Jukebox the Ghost: 10:00 PM (Caroline Records)

Alina Baraz: 11:00 PM (Mom & Pop)

Bishop Briggs: 12:00 AM (Island)

Cut Copy DJ Set: 1:00 AM (Cutters/Astralwerks)


Indoor Stage

Lido Pimienta: 8:30 PM (Kelp Records)

Neil Frances: 9:30 PM (self-released)

Nina Nesbitt: 10:30 PM (Cooking Vinyl)

MAX: 11:30 PM (DCD2)


Mohawk | 912 Red River Street | Austin, TX


Our team will also be on-site in the SXSW Artist Gifting Lounge located in Ballroom EFG of the Austin Convention Center to meet you and answer your questions about digital royalties and membership. If you’d like to add your voice to our “Declarations of Independents” mini-series, we’ll be conducting on-camera interviews Wednesday, March 14 – Friday, March 16 and encourage you to participate. To schedule an interview, please contact Industry Relations representative, Tiara Guy, at [email protected] or (202) 696-1833.

About A2IM:
A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.

Learn more about A2IM here.
For information about how to join our community, see here.