A2IM These cats mean BIZ!! For all my Indy Labels out there!

January 10, 2008

Me and my Patna’s over @ Shaman Work Recordings have been keeping an ear and eye open for A2IM and all I can say is these cats mean BIZNESS!! This post right here is dedicated to all my Independent Label heads who are fighting to keep the dream alive… We have help out there yall!!


The Prez

John Robinson

Powerful, articulate lobbyists are spending MILLIONS of dollars right now, trying to convince Congress and consumers that music labels and artists should receive less than fair royalties or no royalties at all for the commercial use of their music. Groups representing every facet of our industry know that the whole game is changing and that the successful navigation of this altered landscape is crucial to the survival of music labels. The next few years will reveal the most critical and sweeping economic changes in the history of the music industry. It could be the worst of times; it could be the best of times. But the music dollar is being completely re-divided as we speak. Historically, the Independent music sector has been under-represented or ignored when important decisions affecting our industry have been made and the Independents have almost always had to accept leftovers or lesser terms as a result. That isn’t the case anymore. INDEPENDENTS MEAN BUSINESS! A2IM is working everyday to improve the business of Independent music labels.

Members of A2IM (American Association of Independent Music – www.a2im.org) are supporting an organization that has made crucial in-roads promoting the value of Independent music to radio, retail, press, emerging technology companies, the telecoms, within the music industry, and to Congress. We are involved with important lobbying efforts involving royalty rate settings with the non-terrestrial webcasters, the establishment of a performance right royalty payable by terrestrial broadcasters, and the upcoming mechanical rate setting. In addition to our lobbying efforts, A2IM continues to evangelize the importance of the Independent music sector to every possible business partner or income producing stream and as a result our members are receiving regular ‘members only’ special offers and discounts from the growing community of Associate Members of A2IM (these Associate Members don’t control masters but work with, rely upon, or otherwise support the Independent music community). Further, A2IM continues to increase the scope of our member services, education and networking events, and our Independent music community to the benefit of A2IM members who are more engaged and more aware of the issues and opportunities facing them than ever before. A2IM is the ONLY central voice representing the Independents – all genres of music, from all geographical regions. In 2007 we added nearly 75 new members including Curb, Victory Records, Razor & Tie, Century Media/Nuclear Blast, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Madacy, and Nettwerk. Our membership now represents a market share of nearly 12% making us collectively larger than EMI.


We’d love to have you “join the fight” for Independents by becoming a member of A2IM.