American Association Of Independent Music Turns 10
It's a great time to be indie; and its primary U.S. advocate, the American Association Of Independent Music, turns 10 tomorrow. A2IM can take more than a little credit for bringing indies together to force Apple Music to pay royalties during free trials. But over the years, A2IM has done much more.
Just a few of their accomplishments:
- successfully blocking YouTube's attempts to push unfair deals on independents for Music Key
- securing Market Development Coordinator Grant for trade missions to major economic powers including China, Japan and Brazil, sharing American music as an export and creating jobs
- testifying to Congress on copyright, making in roads in Washington DC
- founding the "Independent Grammys" (NY Times), the Libera Awards honoring independent artists and labels as voted on by independent artists and labels
- successfully petitioning Billboard to calculate market share by ownership vs. distribution.
"Independent labels are the risk-takers of the music industry, and it was inspiring to be able to celebrate our strength and the growth of our sector," says Porta Sabin, President and Owner, Kill Rock Stars. "As a member of the board, I’m looking forward to an exciting future."