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IMPALA – 10 POINT DIGITAL ACTION PLAN

European Independent Labels Launch Digital Action Plan Independent music companies in the EU have launched a unique Digital Action Plan, calling for a new European industrial policy to drive the digital market through the cultural and creative sectors, which account for 4.2% of EU GDP and 7.1 million EU jobs. IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association) have put forth a 10 point…
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ALLTHATMATTERS RETURNS TO SINGAPORE

Two-time award winning ALLTHATMATTERS returns to Singapore with new events and a future focus on mediatainment in Asia.  Highlights Asia’s largest entertainment focused conference and festival returns for fifth year to Singapore All That Matters, winner of the 2012 and 2014 Best Trade Event of the Year Singapore Experience Award, will be held at the Ritz Carlton…
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INDIE WEEK 2015 – CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Sounds Australia, AIR and PPCA are now seeking expressions of interest from Australian independent labels to take part in an Australian delegation to the American Association of Independent Music’s (A2IM’s) Indie Week in New York City this June 2015. Indie Week 2015 is a member-only conference for record labels and service providers with a strong focus…
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Nielsen Releases US Music Industry Data for 2014

Nielsen Soundscan has released its 2014 year-end data for the US market. Here’s a quick summary: Albums 257 million albums were purchased in 2014 (106.5 million digital purchases) – a decline of 11.2% from 289.4 million in 2013. 150.5 million physical albums were purchased, accounting for 59% of the total albums purchased. 106.5 million digital albums were purchased, accounting…
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Proposal for Copyright Reform

This week the Government has proposed to introduce new legislation to amend the Copyright Act with respect to increased rights for copyright owners where rights are being infringed. There will also be provision for the implementation of a code governing ISP responsibilities with respect to the activity of third parties using their networks. The proposed…
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Merlin Sign Deal With YouTube

Late last week, YouTube unveiled their new paid subscription model, YouTube Music Key, which will offer higher quality audio and ad-free viewing. Whilst we had previously reported that YouTube had threatened to block independent content, Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, have since come to an agreement for their involvement with the service. “Although…
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AIR Announces New CEO

AIR has announced the appointment of Dan Nevin as the new Chief Executive Officer for the organisation. Nevin has a long and diverse history working in the music industry. Starting at indie retailer Radical Records, he then spent over 10 years at Shock Entertainment, working in and running their Export Division, garnering 5 Victorian state…
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AIR Announces Rdio as Major Partner of the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

AIR is pleased to announce leading digital music streaming service, Rdio Australia, as a Major Partner of the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Awards. As part of the partnership, Rdio will present the Best Independent Album Award in 2014, further demonstrating the streaming service’s commitment to fostering local talent. “Rdio Australia is thrilled to be able…
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Online Copyright Infringement Update

By Stu Watters Earlier this year, the federal government released a discussion paper seeking input on Online Copyright Infringement Issues in Australia. The paper was a co-branded release between Senator George Brandis (Attorney General and Arts Minister) and Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Communications). AIR welcomes this paper and feels that this is an important step for…
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ANNOUNCING: Nominees for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

We are pleased to announce the nominees for the ninth annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. This year’s nominees include some of the country’s brightest emerging artists, alongside established and respected performers, acknowledging yet another extraordinary year for Independent music. Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Album, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Hip…
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