A set of groundbreaking meetings aimed at helping Spanish independent music expand into the U.S. market is taking place in New York this week.

A group of Spanish indie labels and publishers are visiting the city for three days of meetings from today (July 16-18) with U.S. music business representatives.

The gathering is the first of its type between representatives from the Spanish and U.S. indie sectors, according to organizers MG Limited, the New York public relations and marketing company.

It came about after members of Spain's independent labels' trade body Union Fonografica Independiente (UFI) contacted the country's Trade Commission in Miami.

The participating Spanish labels and publishers are based in Barcelona and Madrid, and include Blanco y Negro Music, Discos Lollipop, Everlasting, K Industria, Bittersweet Recording and Orange Music.

They are accompanied by Ignacio Dominguez, the Trade Commission's director of cultural industries, and include ICEX head of music Ana Isabel Esteban.

"They wanted to know how indie music could be helped by the Spanish government in the U.S., and we were asked by the Trade Commission to help set up a meeting in New York," MG Limited co-director Tracy Mann says.

The enterprise is sponsored by the Spanish Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Trade Commission, which is part of a network of commercial operations overseen by the Spain's Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX).

The meetings will take place at the Trade Commission offices in New York as well as the W Hotel in Union Square. Invitees include U.S. distribution companies, digital distributors, booking agents, festival and venue bookers and independent label heads.

The U.S. team includes representatives from ADA/Alternative Distribution Alliance, Bar None, Beggars U.S., Caroline Distribution, eMusic, Joe's Pub, Koch Distribution, MTV Urge, The Orchard, Ryko Distribution and SOBs.

"The U.S. representatives were kind of chosen by UFI, as their members sent us wish lists of the sectors they were interested in meeting - distribution, booking, digital activity, and so on," adds Mann.