American Association of Independent Music

  1. Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Daptone, Bruce Iglauer Honored at A2IM's Libby Awards

    June 20, 2014 5:25 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music’s third annual Libera Awards (a.k.a. The Libbys) hit NYC's Highline Ballroom last night, recognizing achievements throughout the independent music sector, which now constitutes some 34.6% of the ...

  2. A2IM, WIN Join to Fight YouTube's Licensing Tack

    June 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, has joined its European counterparts in asking the regulatory agencies to intervene on their behalf with YouTube, which it accuses of using heavy-handed tactics to force them to license the vide ...

  3. Licensing Hearings in June Expanded, to Include David Israelite, Neil Portnow

    June 04, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Witnesses from around the music business are set for two House Judiciary Committee hearings that will help shape the future of music licensing. The first hearing, previously announced, will take place on Tuesday, June 10th at 10am ET. Billboard ha ...

  4. Dualtone, Alabama Shakes, Tom Silverman Take Honors at 2013 Libera Awards

    June 21, 2013 10:36 AM EDT It was a big night for Dualtone Records and the Alabama Shakes at the American Association of Independent Music’s second annual Libera Awards Thursday, with representatives from 400 independent labels across the country gathered to honor their p ...

  5. Secretly Canadian, Ultra Music, Robbins Execs Talk Monetization at A2IM Indie Week

    June 20, 2013 5:34 PM EDT Discussion centered on maximizing revenue from streaming platforms and YouTube during day two of Indie Week, hosted by A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music. Representatives from 500 of the group’s member labels and organizations ...

  6. Indie Beat: Sub Pop’s Jubilee, Caroline Sponsors the Libbys, and CocoRosie Teams with Redeye

    April 10, 2013 8:11 PM EDT Sub Pop’s Jubilee Sub Pop is turning 25 this year, so naturally it’s time for a big blowout party in honor of fading youth. The legendary Seattle label announced its Silver Jubilee on Wednesday, a one-day festival to take place July 13 in the Se ...

  7. A2IM's Trade Mission to Brazil - Applications for Travel Subsidy Due Tomorrow

    March 04, 2013 1:52 PM EST The American Association of Independent Music is heading to Brazil in mid-April as part of its Market Development Cooperator Program, and today is the last day to have your costs halved. This is the second trip planned by A2IM through the MDCP, wh ...

  8. Backbeat: Indies Go To China: A2IM's Trade Mission To Shanghai

    October 01, 2012 1:05 PM EDT World Party: The A2IM trade mission to Shanghai, from left: Randy Chin (VP Records), Jean Hsiao Wernheim (Chief International Executive a-Peer Synergy), Bill Zang (CEO & GM Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group), Sam Alpert (Eleve ...

  9. Morning Fix: EMI/Universal; Scooter Lands Psy; AEG's Michael Jackson Emails

    September 04, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's FREE music-business newsletters. SCOOTER BRAUN, KOREAN VIRAL VIDEO SENSATION PSY ANNOUNCE LABEL PARTNERSHIP: Scooter Braun and Psy, the Korean pop star whose video for "Gangnam Style" this summe ...

  10. A2IM Using Federal Grant To Expand Trade Missions, Bolster Indie Music

    August 31, 2012 5:12 PM EDT A2IM went to Washington, D.C.'s U.S. Trade Information Center at the Ronald Reagan Building to pick up the award certificate for the MDCP funding. From left: Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services Maureen Smith, who ...

  11. Business Matters: Sirius XM to Offer Personalized Radio

    May 01, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Sirius XM To Dive Into Personalized Radio Internet radio is going to become even more competitive. Sirius XM is following Clear Channel and Pandora into the personalized radio business, the company announced Tuesday. CEO Mel Karmazin mentioned the ...

  12. Business Matters: AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas

    March 21, 2012 8:03 PM EDT AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas -- AEG's deal to kick in $59 million for the construction of a new arena in Sacramento, Calif., will not only help keep the Sacramento Kings from bolting for Anaheim, but it could bolster AEG Live ...

  13. A2IM To Produce First Ever Independent Music Awards

    February 22, 2012 1:02 PM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) annonuced that the launch of the first-ever American Association of Independent Music Libera Awards, or the "Libbies," this June 21. The award show will be the first of its kind to hon ...

  14. Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, OK Go Among Artists Cosigning Anti-SOPA/PIPA Open Letter

    January 18, 2012 4:05 PM EST Entertainment industry players including Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, and OK Go have written and published an open letter to Washington expressing their concerns about SOPA/PIPA, the pending Congressional bills that would give the government and c ...

  15. Protect-IP and SOPA Acts Will Not 'Break the Internet': Guest Column by A2IM's Rich Bengloff

    December 14, 2011 4:57 PM EST (Following is a guest column from Rich Bengloff, president of American Association of Independent Music ("A2IM"). Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary--please contact Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad at jem.aswad@billboard.com for infor ...

  16. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  17. Backbeat: Robert Levine, David Carr Trade (Friendly) Barbs Over Levine's New Book, 'Free Ride'

    October 27, 2011 12:45 PM EDT When former Billboard executive editor Robert Levine decided to call his new book, "Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back," he clearly wasn't pulling any pu ...

  18. Rich Bengloff, President of A2IM, Answers Six Questions

    June 22, 2011 2:23 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music is holding its sixth annual Indie Week, June 20-23, with labels flying into New York to participate in educational seminars and good-old fashion brain-storming sessions. The not-for profit trade organi ...

  19. Billboard Pro Hosting RootMusic, Topspin Party in NYC

    June 20, 2011 2:00 PM EDT First in Nashville, then in Los Angeles, and now our hometown: Billboard Pro is teaming up with RootMusic and Topspin once again, this time to party in New York City! If you're lucky enough to be in the Big Apple this Wednesday, June 22nd, co ...

  20. Rhapsody Asking Labels for New Internet Radio Rules -- A2IM Disagrees

    March 29, 2011 5:52 PM EDT Streaming music service Rhapsody , which on Friday will be celebrating a full year of independence from former parent company Real Networks, is taking steps to augment its Internet radio features -- to the chagrin of some in the music industry. Th ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Grammys Confirm Rise of Indies, Despite 11% of All Music Sales

    February 15, 2011 8:01 AM EST Independent labels are reveling in their success after grabbing the spotlight and many of the biggest awards at the Grammys. It marked one of the biggest nights in years for indies, setting the stage for a surge in their online music sales. Meanwh ...

  23. UPDATED: Industry Execs Call Out PC Mag For Encouraging Piracy

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Post updated Nov. 24 with a response from PC Mag (at bottom) Irked by an article published in PC Mag listing a number of alternative P2P services in the wake of the LimeWire shutdown, a number of music industry executive earlier this month sent th ...

  24. NARM, RIAA Giving the Gift of Music Via New Website

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The two-year-old effort to revive the "Give the Gift of Music" campaign paid off. Program originators the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have launched a branded w ...

  25. Business Matters: Google Vs. iTunes, WaTunes, Reverb Nation and More

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Google 's past, present and future music strategy ...

  26. Business Matters: Warner Music, Robbie Williams, Topspin

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Expectations for Warner Music Group 's fiscal Q4, according to Thomson Reuters, is a 2% drop in revenue (to $836 million) and a 50% increa ...

  27. Digital Briefs: Livekick, Clear Channel, Sirius XM

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Concert recommendation and search engine Livekick has emerged from beta mode, going live with a service that notifies members when their favorite artists are playing locally and helps them search for the lowest-cost tickets online. The search e ...

  28. Future of Music Coalition Reports Grim Airplay Data

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition has released a report detailing the grim state of indie airplay on commercial radio stations. The data, drawn from Mediaguide playlists for seven specific music formats (AC, Urban AC, Active Rock, Country, CHR Pop, Tr ...

  29. The 'Free' Debate

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported music sites, file-sharing services and a wealth of music posted online are adding to the topic of "free" become a more common talking point. As companies search for new ways to monetize recorded music, expect free music to b ...

  30. Wenham Extends Reign At WIN

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST The board of international independent music association WIN has unanimously requested that Alison Wenham continue to head the organization in the newly created position of chairman. Wenham has been president of WIN since its inception in 2006. Du ...

  31. Gibb Raps EC In Popkomm Keynote

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bee Gee member Robin Gibb has opened Popkomm 2008 in Berlin with a keynote speech in his role as president of CISAC, the umbrella group which represents 222 authors' societies in 118 countries. He accused the European Commission of behaving i ...

  32. Full Coverage Of The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

    February 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST From the nominations to the grand event, full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which took place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Winehouse, West Win Big At 50th Annual Grammys Alicia Keys "dueted" with a vintage performance by Frank Sin ...

  33. A2IM Taps Cohen For Digital Role

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has hired Ted Cohen to serve as a digital business development consultant for the organization. In the role, Cohen will assist the members of the independent record label trade organization in n ...

  34. A2IM, Txttunes Team For Online Grammy Platform

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced a partnership with Txttunes.com to create an online platform for their label members to feature Grammy nominated artists from the independent music sector. Throughout the Grammy vo ...

  35. Merlin Invites Board Nominations

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural full board of directors for Merlin, the independent labels' first global digital licensing agency, is open for elections. The board is inviting nominations from indie labels, distributors and music-content aggregators worldwide. ...

  36. FMC: Clear Channel Asking Artists To Sign Away Digital Royalties

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition says Clear Channel, in accepting music submissions from artists for possible play on the air and online, is forcing "local and independent artists to give up hard-won performance royalties as a condition for cons ...

  37. Impala: Indies Need Better Access To Euro Radio

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala has called for European measures to promote independent airplay in the wake of the $12.5 million U.S. payola radio settlement earlier this month. A side deal to the Federal Communications Commission settlement over paid airtime claims gives ...

  38. A2IM Discloses Radio Rules Of Engagement

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the trade group that, as previously reported, secured commitments from Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Citadel and Entercom to adhere to a set of radio Rules of Engagement, as well as blocks of progr ...

  39. Microsoft To Share Zune Sales With Labels

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Barely a week before its Zune digital music player hits retail shelves, Microsoft has agreed to share the revenues gained from the device's sales with record labels and artists. This is the first time Barely a week before its Zune digital mus ...