MIDEM kicks-off regular indie gatherings.

Independent label trade groups are moving ahead with plans to establish a worldwide network of indie organizations, Billboard.biz has learned.

The decision was made during a Jan. 22 meeting of various trade bodies at the MIDEM trade show in Cannes. Organizations present included European body Impala; AIM (U.K.); AAIM (U.S.); the Canadian Independent Record Production Assn. (CIRPA); Brazilian Music & Arts (BMA); Australia's Assn. of Independent Record Labels (AIR) and France's UPFI.

An informal group will regularly meet to discuss collective positions on issues directly affecting indies, said a source present at the meeting. "We also want to address the perception that the world has of the music business in particular and of indie labels specifically," the source says.

This group could lead to the creation of an international confederation of indie label organizations, according to the source. The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Europe this June.

Details on the co-operation are expected to be announced Monday.

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