U.K. dance act Faithless will most likely avoid working with a record company after splitting from Sony BMG last year, according to a briefing from the band's management during MIDEM in Cannes.

Brian Message, of U.K. management company Courtyard, gave a press conference at the first day of the MIDEM international music market and conference, ahead of his keynote.

Message, who also works with Radiohead and pop act Kate Nash, confirmed to Billboard.biz that Faithless split with Sony BMG last year. The band has been one of the biggest dance acts in the U.K., and various other territories, and played arenas on its last British tour.

"I think it's highly unlikely they would make a record deal," says Message of Faithless' plans for partners on future releases. "I hope they would take a whole lot of risk on making the music. They like that empowerment thing."

During the keynote, Message added that he expected Faithless to explore the idea of giving away music online for their next release, as a way of building their profile in certain territories.

"Free is a valuable part of the artist proposition," he said.