American Association of Independent Music

  1. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  2. Nicki Minaj To Receive Breakthrough Artist Award At NARM

    April 07, 2011 3:22 PM EDT Nicki Minaj is the latest artist announced for the upcoming NARM convention's award night; she will be named "Breakthrough Artist of the Year." The convention, which runs May 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Ang ...

  3. A2IM Welcomes 15 New Label Members, 15 Associates

    March 16, 2011 11:03 AM EDT The American Association of Independent Labels (A2IM) announced on Wednesday it has added 15 new member labels as well as 15 new service provider associate members. The new member labels are Allegro Media Group, Alliance Records, Adroit Records, B ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. .Music Domain Debate Is About Control, Not Opposition

    January 26, 2011 5:23 PM EST As with any debate over the music industry's reaction to any kind of online advancement, the hubbub over the .music domain registry is rife with inaccuracies and confusion. On Jan. 5, that ugly head again reared based on a letter sent by 15 n ...

  7. MIDEM Photo Gallery: A2IM Party; WMG Packer's Fan Vs. Ning Bear's Fan; Taylor Hanson

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST At right is Taylor Hanson (yes, THAT Hanson), here promoting his 3CGRecords label ( Billboard.biz's exclusive video interview with Hanson here ). With him are A2IM president Richard Bengloff (middle), and Greenberg Traurig legend Jim Cooper ( ...

  8. MIDEM 2011 Weekend Recap: Tom Silverman on the Collapse of Digital Catalog Sales

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST MIDEM is businesslike during the day and playful at night. But it never stops being about business. While the crowd at the Station Tavern watched the AFC and NFC championship games, networking was alive and well. And as the evening wore on and oth ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. @NARM: A2IM's Bengloff, HFA's Simon Sound Off At Law Conference

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the major labels and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) have agreed and are implementing their late fee settlement, A2IM president Rich Bengloff said he is thankful that the music publishers realized that one size doesn't ...

  11. A2IM Heads To Washington

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A2IM is going to Washington at the end of June to try and get export subsidies for independent labels, organization's president Rich Bengloff told Billboard at the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers convention. While there, A2IM will m ...

  12. NARM: Metal, Urban Panels Set

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers have set the panelist line-up for their metal and urban panels that will be held at the organization's annual convention, to be held at the Hilton Chicago on May 14-17. Metal Blade founder Brian S ...

  13. GlassNote Pulls Act From LimeWire Event

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The shots keep firing in the ongoing controversy over a reception that P2P service provider LimeWire is hosting at the Digital Music Forum East conference. A2IM member GlassNote has decided to pull its act Justin Nozuka from performing at the even ...

  14. Indies Group Takes Stand, Will Not Sip Wine From LimeWire’s Open Bar

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A2IM president Richard Bengloff sent an e-mail to over a dozen members attending this week’s Digital Music Forum East conference highly critical of participating companies LimeWire and Myxer. While it stopped short of outright recommending that me ...

  15. U.K.'s AIM Links Up With A2IM

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie trade body AIM is linking up with its U.S. counterpart A2IM to provide reciprocal access to a range of online resources on each market. Both groups are already members of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), but this will begin a ne ...

  16. NARM Day 2 Video: Execs Discuss Retail Outlook, Catalog Mgmt

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As representatives from 350 different music companies jammed the halls at this year's National Assn. Of Recording Merchandisers convention, which wraps today (June 10) in San Diego, Billboard spoke with three top executives about the major is ...

  17. NARM: Retail, Interactive Execs Weigh Challenges To Biz

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the National Assn. Of Recording Merchandisers convened in San Diego June 7-10 to try to solve the dilemma of a marketplace where music has never been more popular (yet its revenues keep falling), Guitar Hero president and CEO Dan Rosensweig ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. A2IM To Enter NARM On June 7

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A2IM will kick off its presence at the upcoming National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers annual convention in San Diego by holding the "Crash Course" on June 7, the opening day of the meeting. A2IM day, which is designed to bridge gaps ...

  21. MusicFirst Coalition Lobbies Congress On Performance Right

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a move to bolster its campaign to get Congress to pass the Performance Right Act, which calls for artists and master rights owners to be compensated when their songs are played on terrestrial radio, the musicFirst coalition visited the halls of ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Publishers Say Lyrics Are A Growing Cash Cow

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST One of the more pleasant finds in these painful times was discovering the value of lyrics as a cashflow generator, panelists at MIDEM revealed Tuesday. In a panel on maximizing license and business opportunities for lyrics, EMI Music Pubishing exe ...

  24. Survey: Indie Labels Dissatisfied With Airplay

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade coalition A2IM and the Future of Music Coalition have released a survey of 61 indie labels that points to a continuing dissatisfaction on the part of labels when it comes to getting commercial radio airplay. Over 92% of independent lab ...

  25. Editorial: Indies Are Well-Positioned In Today's Business

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Now is the time for independent music labels and their artists. As music goes digital, economic and traditional radio and retail barriers to entry become less important due to this economy shift, and the opportunity for independent labels to thriv ...

  26. Music & Money: Digitalization And Investing In Indies

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The digitalization of the music industry plays well in the indie label sector, according to a panelist at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium. Richard Bengloff, president of A2IM trade association for independent labels and distributors, sai ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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. ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Midem 2006 Reports Attendance Growth

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST A significant jump in attendance from American companies helped push the overall turnout at the Midem 2006 trade fair close to the 10,000 benchmark, organizer Reed Midem said today (Jan. 25). A significant jump in attendance from American companie ...

  37. Wenham To Lead WIN

    January 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alison Wenham has been appointed as the inaugural president of the newly-created Worldwide Independent Network. Her first term as WIN president will be for two years. In future, it is then anticipated Alison Wenham has been appointed as the inaugu ...

  38. Indies To Gather For Midem Summit

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Organizers are looking to establish Midem as a vital annual fixture for the international independent label community. The trade conference will host on Jan. 23 the second annual International Indie S Organizers are looking to establish Midem as a ...

  39. MSN Music Poised To Boost Indies Download Rate

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A2IM seeks parity over online payments. A2IM seeks parity over online payments. News ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. The Indies

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 's NARM convention maintains a strong indie presence despite AFIM's absence. Read Chris Morris' column. 2004's NARM convention maintains a strong indie presence despite AFIM's absence. Read Chris Morris' column. N ...

  44. The Indies

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT This year's NARM convention makes up for AFIM's absence with a slate of indie-oriented features. Read Chris Morris' column. This year's NARM convention makes up for AFIM's absence with a slate of indie-oriented features. R ...

  45. Indie Assn. AFIM To Shut Down

    April 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Assn. For Independent Music (AFIM) is dissolving, effective April 15. All current AFIM members will be offered an opportunity to join NARM. In 2002 and 2003, AFIM held its national convention in c The Assn. For Independent Music (AFIM) is diss ...

  46. U.S. Indies Eye New Trade Organization

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Independent labels and distributors in the United States are taking exploratory steps to found a new trade organization, styled along the lines of the U.K.'s Assn. of Independent Music (AIM). Independent labels and distributors in the United ...

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