Independent music representatives from around the world will come together next week for A2IM’s Indie Week (June 13-16), the conference for Independent labels and service providers. Last year over 800 Independent music executives from the US and 15 countries (including Australia, Canada, France, Norway and the UK) attended the conference. Indie Week will culminate in the 5th annual Libera Awards, on June 16th, which will feature a multi-artist performance lineup for the first time, with sets by Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks), Naughty By Nature (Tommy Boy), Nosaj Thing (Innovative Leisure), and Torres (Partisan). The Libera Awards are the biggest award show for independents by independents, and celebrate the continued strength of the independent community, commercially and culturally, from chart toppers such as Alabama Shakes to breakout artists like Courtney Barnett.
Indie Week will include 17 panels, including topics such as “Shrinking Sync,” a panel on how writers and artists can generate higher incremental income for video streaming, moderated by Alisa Coleman (ABKCO Music and Records Inc.), with panelists Jay Rosenthal (MSK), Stephanie Alexa (Atlantic Records) and and Rell Lafargue (Reservoir Media Publishing) and “Playlisting: How Does That Work Then?,” a panel on how to best utilize playlists moderated by Simon Wheeler (Beggars) with panelists Zack Gershen (mtheory), Vincent Clery-Melin (Kobalt Artist & Label Services) and Stephanie Shim (Glassnote Music Group). The conference and Libera Awards will be attended by some of the world’s most accomplished, forward-thinking and pioneering independent music companies in the world.
A2IM is thrilled to have Vevo, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, joining as an official sponsor of Indie Week this year. Vevo has an unparalleled track record as a technology platform for supporting independent artists and labels. Indie content on Vevo now accounts for one billion monthly views. Vevo’s dscvr program, which features live performances and original content of emerging artists, has helped countless indie artists, including Hippo Campus, Hinds, Rapsody and many others find and grow their audience.
Celebrating its 11th anniversary, A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City representing a broad coalition of 391 Independently-owned American music labels. The organization 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, using Nielsen SoundScan data, identified the Independent music label sector as 34.4 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2015 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry segment.
The organization’s board of directors are composed of the following: Razor & Tie President Craig Balsam, Concord Music Group President Glen Barros, INgrooves General Manager Amy Dietz, Epitaph/Anti- General Manager Dave Hansen, Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills, Hopeless Records Owner Louis Posen, Dualtone Music Group CEO/Co-Founder Scott Robinson, Kill Rock Stars Owner/President Portia Sabin, Adshare President Jim Selby, Tommy Boy Owner/CEO Thomas Silverman, and Secretly Group Co-Founder/Co-Owner Darius Van Arman. A2IM’s president’s advisory committee is Curb Records Vice President Taylor Childress, Red House Records Vice President Chris Frymire, and Innovative Leisure Co-Owner Nate Nelson.