Italy has a new representative body for its independent record labels. The new Milan-based body, Produttori Musicali Indipendenti (Independent Musical Producers), currently consists of 21 organization


MILAN -- Italy has a new representative body for its independent record labels. The new Milan-based body, Produttori Musicali Indipendenti (Independent Musical Producers), currently consists of 21 organizations which left the country's main representative body, FIMI, in April. Those members exited after their requests for separate representation within that trade body were rejected by the majors.

Italy's record labels now have four representative groups: FIMI, AFI, Audiocoop (a group of smaller indie labels) and the new PMI.

PMI's members include Sugar -- the label home of Andrea Bocelli -- Edel, Carosello, V2, Ala Bianca and Nar International, whose MD Mario Limongelli was a vice president of FIMI until the April split. "PMI will appoint its governing body and administrators over the next three weeks," Limongelli tells ELW.

In 1998, Limongelli led an exodus of indie members from the AFI representative body into FIMI.

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