Monday, 30th January 2012 from 10:45 AM to 11:45 AMLerins Hall Music
TOWARDS A GLOBAL MANIFESTO
FOR THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC INDUSTRY
A global collective manifesto for independent music entrepreneurs and organisations will be debated and agreed at Midem, at a meeting led by the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) and the European indie music association Impala.
Trade associations and individual labels from the most active music markets around the world are meeting on Sunday January 29th to establish a collective viewpoint about the future of the music industry and the independents’ place in it. The goal is to establish a 10-point manifesto which can be adopted and applied nationally and globally.
The manifesto will be launched at a press conference after the WIN meeting on Monday 30th, and the discussion points on the agenda are confidential until then.
Speakers already confirmed for this crucial Manifesto debate include Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills, AIM CEO and WIN Chairman Alison Wenham, Impala Executive Chair Helen Smith, A2IM President Rich Bengloff and VUT Chairman Mark Chung. Participants registered so far include Stuart Johnston, President of CIMA, Canada; David Vodicka and Nick O’Byrne of AIR, Australia; Michael Lambot, Co-President of PIAS Entertainment Group and Co-President of Impala; Larry Bringsjord of FONO, Norway; Kees van Weijen of the recently-formed indie association STOMP in the Netherlands and representatives of organisations and labels from Germany, Italy, France, USA, Switzerland and Belgium.
They will tackle a wide range of urgent issues facing the music industry - and independents in particular - at a time when new business models are emerging which challenge small copyright owners’ ability to monetise their creative enterprises, and when the independent music community believes it is essential that it is seen, heard and acknowledged globally as the most important, influential and successful music sector.
WIN and Impala are urging all eligible indies – members of Impala (membership can be checked via the links page on the website www.impalamusic.org) or of any indie trade association - who want to attend to register promptly via the WIN Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org to get confirmation that they have secured one of the limited number of places.
PRESS CONFERENCE- on Monday 30th January in Auditorium H, Palais des Festivals, 10.45am.
Accredited media please RSVP to (email@example.com)
Executive Chair and Secretary General, IMPALA (Belgium)
Helen Smith is IMPALA’s Executive Chair and Secretary General, based in Brussels. Originally from Scotland, Helen has over fifteen years experience in Brussels and London working with various organisations in music. At IMPALA, Helen manages the secretariat and drives the organisation's key strategies on a political, commercial and promotional level. She developed IMPALA’s award schemes to give independent labels and their artists an additional promotional tool. She also helped thousands of independent companies and artists make their collective voice heard in the European Courts when they won a landmark merger judgement. She also developed the IMPALA Action Plan for Music and more recently the Action Plan for Finance. Helen sits on various boards including the Cultural Industries Stakeholders Platform in Brussels and the global network of independent associations and labels, WIN.
CEO, AIM (UK)