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  1. 2013 Grammy Awards: Indies Continue to Make A Major Impact

    December 21, 2012 11:03 AM EST If Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel (Glassnote Records), takes home the Grammy for album of the year on Feb. 10, it will mark the fifth year in a row an indie act has won the top prize, if you count indies by ownership. The run bega ...

  2. A2IM Speaks Out Against Universal-EMI Merger Again, Even More Forcefully

    July 30, 2012 7:19 PM EDT A2IM, the American Assn. of Independent Music, has reiterated its opposition to the Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI in its most forceful statement yet . The statement is apparently prompted by the remedy package the Universal Music ...

  3. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Music, BMG Chrysalis, Pennywise, Harry Fox, LyricFind, Richard Stumpf

    July 18, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Bicycle Music Partners With Rolf Budde The Bicycle Music Company and its affiliates have partnered with Rolf Budde Muskverlag GmbH to acquire a catalog of songs that includes "The Letter," Always On My Mind," and "Pata Pata.&qu ...

  4. Inaugural Libera Awards cap A2IM Indie Week

    June 27, 2012 8:20 PM EDT On the afternoon of June 21, Beggars Group founder/chairman Martin Mills was on Capitol Hill, where he let a U.S. Senate subcommittee know his opposition to the Universal Music Group-EMI merger. But he had to leave the Senate hearing early, as he ...

  5. YouTube Seeks Label Aid to Secure Artists' Publishing Rights for Videos

    June 21, 2012 7:20 PM EDT YouTube seeks label aid to secure artists' publishing rights for videos YouTube's appearance at the "Indie Week" convention recently held by the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM) in New York was the meet's best-at ...

  6. Backbeat: Topspin CEO Ian Rogers' Haircut Heard 'Round The World @ A2IM MIDEM Party

    January 31, 2012 5:40 PM EST On Monday, the American Assn. of Independent Music held the second of its three MIDEM cocktail parties at Riviera Hall. Among those in attendance was a figure who prompted double-takes when he took the stage earlier in the day to host MIDEM's ...

  7. Seymour Stein Honored With Billboard's Icon Award @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST From left: Billboard Associate Publisher (and former Sire recording artist) Tommy Page, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot (Photo: MIDEM) CANNES -- Billboard honored Sire Rec ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: Rich Bengloff

    January 26, 2012 11:28 PM EST No. 97 Rich Bengloff President American Assn. of Independent Music Twitter: @A2IM Indie Advocate... When Rich Bengloff was named president of the American Assn. of Independent Music in 2007, the then-2-year-old trade group was still struggling to ...

  9. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2011 3:18 AM EST A Complete List of indEpendent nominEES By Category The nominees listed here are independent releases as defined by the American Assn. of Independent Music-that is, master recordings not owned by the four major label groups. Each entry lists the t ...

  10. A2IM Disputes Billboard/SoundScan's Label Market-Share Methodology -- What Do You Think?

    March 03, 2011 12:08 PM EST (Following is an op-ed article from American Association of Independent Music President Rich Bengloff, in which he outlines the organization's disagreement with the methodology that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan use to calculate label marke ...

  11. Clear Channel Revises Indie Contract

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel has revised its online agreement for indie artists and labels who want to upload their music to be considered for broadcast and digital downloading. The agreement, which came under the spotlight when the American Assn. of Independent ...

  12. Groups Increase Efforts For Performance Right

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Artist and label groups amped up their efforts on Capitol Hill to gain a performance right for over-the-air broadcasts of their recordings. A letter signed by seven groups went to 535 Congressional offices on Friday (May 11), urging support for pe ...

  13. Labels, Artists Move For Terrestrial Performance Right

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Record label and artist groups are gearing up to lobby Congress for a performing right over terrestrial radio. Sources say that the groups now laying the groundwork for the push are the RIAA, the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), the Rec ...

  14. NARM Coverage: AAIM's Membership Up To 121 Labels

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) president Richard Bengloff said the indie trade body has upped its membership to 121 labels. He revealed a slew of recent label additions at the annual NARM convention in Chicago. Among the labels who ...

  15. AAIM Taps Mahoney For Director Role

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) has named former head of Fat Beats Records Jim Mahoney its new membership director. Mahoney left Fat Beats in early March to assume the position with the indie trade group. Mahoney was with Fat Beats ...

  16. AAIM Endorses Net Neutrality Cause

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) has leant its voice to the Future of Music Coalition's Rock the Net campaign in favor of net neutrality. A host of indie labels and artists, including Bloodshot, Merge, Ted Leo and El-P, have alr ...

  17. Indie Rights Agency Merlin Names Interim Board

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global new-media rights licensing agency for the independent record sector, has appointed an interim board. Merlin's CEO Charles Caldas has unveiled the team, which will be tasked with fast-tracking the new operation by establishi ...

  18. Indies Cast Collective Digital Spell With Merlin

    January 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST A slew of top independent labels and trade groups have joined forces to launch Merlin, described at the MidemNet event in Cannes today (Jan. 20) as "the world's first global new-media rights licensing agency." Accounting for almost ...

  19. AAIM Names Bengloff President

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) has named Richard Bengloff as president. Bengloff was most recently the CFO/VP of finance and administration for public radio station WNYC, and will assume his duties as the head of the New York-based ...

  20. IODA Taps Weitzner For Biz Role

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Exec had been with AAIM. The Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) has named Rob Weitzner its VP of business development. Weitzner is taking over for the business responsibilities from VP of marketing Tim Mitchell, who will now focus exc ...

  21. IODA Taps Weitzner For Biz Role

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Weitzner was formerly with AAIM. The Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) has named Rob Weitzner its VP of business development. Weitzner is taking over for the business responsibilities from VP of marketing Tim Mitchell, who will now f ...

  22. Update: Kill Rock Stars Founder Jumps To Nonesuch

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Famed indie will downsize, move to New York. Kill Rock Stars founder Slim Moon is leaving the label for an A&R role at Warner Music Group imprint Nonesuch Records. The indie label will be moving its headquarters from Olympia, Wash.-to New York ...

  23. 9,000 Artists, 2,000 Indie Labels Owed Royalties

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange trying to locate them by Dec. 15. SoundExchange is trying to locate about 9,000 recording artists and 2,000 independent record companies before Dec. 15 when their claims for performance royalties will no longer be accepted for 1996 t ...

  24. A2IM To FCC: Amen, Brother

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade body met Commissioner Adelstein. The American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), a new trade association less than a year old, is happy with its meeting yesterday with FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and their discussion of a set o ...

  25. First Reports From NARM

    August 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Indie retail, Music Monitor Network and more. Music label exes, retailers, distributors, merchandisers and artists flocked to San Diego Thursday for the opening day of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) convention held at the Mar ...

  26. Indie Labels Are Seeking Their Fair Share

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Defining the independent music sector by label ownership rather than distribution. Don Rose is acting president of the American Assn. of Independent Music. Independence is about spirit. The spirit of entrepreneurship. The spirit of innovation. And ...

  27. MSN Music Poised To Boost Indies Download Rate

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT MSN Music has pledged to "level the playing field" for indies when it comes to paying the labels for digital downloads. That was the good news that American Assn. of Independent Music acting president MSN Music has pledged to "level ...

  28. MSN Music Poised To Boost Indies Download Rate

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT MSN Music has pledged to "level the playing field" for indies when it comes to paying the labels for digital downloads. That was the good news that American Assn. of Independent Music acting president MSN Music has pledged to "level ...

  29. Independent Trade Body Sets L.A. Meeting

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rose, Silverman, Gottlieb slated to attend. The American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM) has firmed up details for its first West Coast meeting, to be held Monday, July 25, at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles. Acting president Don Rose will b ...

  30. Grokster: Indies Weigh In

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The decision elicited varying opinions from independent sector. Don’t look for consensus among America’s independent labels when it comes to today’s Grokster decision. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against peer-to-peer network Grokster, favo ...

  31. AAIM Launches With New York Conclave

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade body reveals members, due procedures. Representatives from V2, Artemis, Smithsonian Folkways, Saddle Creek, Spin Art and Putumayo World Music were among the labels on hand for the official launch of the American Assn. of Independent Mu ...

  32. AAIM Launches With New York Conclave

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade body reveals members, due procedures. Representatives from V2, Artemis, Smithsonian Folkways, Saddle Creek, Spin Art and Putumayo World Music were among the labels on hand for the official launch of the American Assn. of Independent Mu ...

  33. AAIM Names Don Rose As Acting Pres

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) has named Don Rose as its acting president, according to sources. Rose, a founding partner of Rykodisc, left the company in 2001 to run the London office The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) ...

  34. With Strength In Numbers, Indies Have Cause To Celebrate

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Why would anyone want to read an Opinion piece enthusing about the joys of the independent world? Well, I for one am fed up with the negative stories permeating every level of the industry. Sit up and Lesley Bleakley is CEO of Beggars Group North ...

  35. AAIM Launch Imminent

    January 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) is "very close" to appointing a chief, and is likely to launch in the next few months, Billboard.biz has learned. The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) is "very close" to ...

  36. AAIM Launch Imminent

    January 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) is "very close" to appointing a chief, and is likely to launch in the next few months, Billboard.biz has learned. The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) is "very close" to ...

  37. With Strength In Numbers, Indies Have Cause To Celebrate

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Why would anyone want to read an Opinion piece enthusing about the joys of the independent world? Well, I for one am fed up with the negative stories permeating every level of the industry. Sit up and Lesley Bleakley is CEO of Beggars Group North ...