Indie Labels

The Incredible Shrinking Royalty Check: Apple Music Joins Spotify In Demanding Lower Payments To Artists, Labels

It was inevitable that other music streamers would seek reductions after Spotify negotiated lower royalty payments. Now, with it’s own major label contracts just days away from expiring, Apple Music is also seeking to lower the share of revenue that it pays to rightsholders. _________________________________________ Apple Music is asking for…

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An Interview With A2IM CEO Richard Burgess: Challenges and Opportunities For Independent Music

This week, in a moment of temporary insanity, Michael and Jay let me take the reins of the Music Biz Weekly podcast to share a very special love interview that I did at this year’s Music Biz Convention with Richard Burgess, the CEO of the American Association Of Independent Music…

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Believe Digital Actively Seeks Sale, Major Players Show Interest [EXCLUSIVE]

Global independent distributor and label services provider Believe Digital is for sale, sources tell Hypebot, and a two to three week deadline has been set for initial bids. France based Believe acquired US based DIY distributor TuneCore in 2015 and French indie label Naïve in 2016. ____________________________ Believe Digital is…

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A2IM Declares June ‘Independent’s Month’ To Celebrate Indie Music

The Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has declared June 5th through July 5th, Independents’ Month "to shine a spotlight on the labels and artists who blaze trails beyond the roads built by the gatekeepers of the music industry." ______________________________________ Music retailers, distributors, music streamers and media outlets are joining together…

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Portia Sabin (Kill Rock Stars), Glen Barros (Concord) Vic Zaraya (Razor & Tie) and Thaddeus Rudd (Mom+Pop) Join A2IM Board

A2IM (The Association Of Independent Music) has named four top independent label execs to its Board of Directors, along with three new members of its CEO Advisory Board. The announcement came last week during A2IM’s annual Indie Week in New York City. From A2IM: Newly elected A2IM Board of Directors…

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Former Etsy Exec Chad Dickerson Joins Bandcamp Advisory Board

Former Etsy CTO Chad Dickerson has joined Bandcamp’s Advisory Board. His addition is a rare shift for closely held and often secretive indie music services provider and fan destination. "His passion for music and appreciation of our artist-friendly model make him uniquely suited to help us grow Bandcamp in a…

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

This week we offer a whole slew of valuable advice for independent and DIY artists, including a guide for promoting your music on Pandora, how to increase your chances of running a successful crowdfunding campaign, and how Instagram pods can be used to get more fans. A Guide To Promoting…

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A2IM Libera Awards Showcase Indie Music’s Best: Radiohead, Run The Jewels, Bandcamp & More [Full List Of Winners]

A2IM honored the best in all facets of independent music at an awards ceremony Thursday night at NYC’s PlayStation Theater. Presented by SoundExchange, the A2IM Libera Awards annually offer members of the indie community the chance to celebrate their peers. __________________________________________ Libera "Breakthrough Artist" Winner Whitney Radiohead took home the…

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At Indie Label Kill Rock Stars, Chicks Still Rule [INTERVIEW]

As part of their ‘Indie Voices’ series, the people at SoundExchange sat down with Portio Sabin, president of Kill Rock Stars, about the label’s origins, its place in the indie community, how its been impacted by technological changes over the years, and where the label might be headed in the…

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5 Branding Lessons From Third Man Records

After an exciting and illuminating visit to Jack White’s baby, Third Man Records, Chris Robley shares some valuable insights into what made the venue/studio/record store such compelling place to visit, and how the lessons learned there can be applied to the branding of other artists. __________________ Guest post by Chris…

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