Independent Portuguese record labels, unhappy with the efforts of the local IFPI affiliate, are setting up their own phonographic association.

Independent Portuguese record labels, unhappy with the efforts of the local IFPI affiliate, are setting up their own phonographic association.

The new, as yet-unnamed body is spearheaded by Radio Macao bandmember Alex Cortez Pinto, who also runs indie label Transformadores. About 60 labels have signed on for the initiative. "We're doing this because the current IFPI organization AFP doesn't reflect the reality of this industry here," Pinto says.

The trade group's objective is to lobby for greater support of Portuguese music through increased radio airplay and television coverage. The labels body will also push for a reduction of value-added tax on music to 5% from its current rate of 19%.

A representative for the IFPI-affiliated AFP says the labels associated with the new venture are not counted as current AFP members.

According to the IFPI, Portuguese CD album sales slumped by 30% in 2003 compared to the previous year. Sources say the market is down 20% year-on-year for the first two months of 2003.

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