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The Real Value Of The Independent Sector

The Real Value Of The Independent Sector | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Over the course of the last year MIDiA has been working with WIN (the global indie label trade body) on a major study to define the independent sector’s contribution to the global recorded music business. The default accepted wisdom is that the indies account for something like 20% of the global revenue total. However, this study revealed, that figure strongly underestimates the actual share…it is in fact 37.6%.

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Know your Indie labels ; facts and figures
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What Is NO POP

What Is NO POP | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
NO POP — music genre, ethical guideline, as penned by Toronto music writer Lonely Vagabond:
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What Is NO POP & Why I Will Use This Tag On All Future Releases

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My latest release is out on The Pirate Bay and I'm OK with it

My latest release is out on The Pirate Bay and I'm OK with it | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The making of these compilations, with the aim to share them for free, appears to be more meaningful now than ever. When the old established music industry is desperately trying to prevent its empire from collapsing, blaming the wrong people for its decline, releasing free music is more than a friendly giveaway, it's a deliberate ethical move. Here's our choice: we either let the masses consider music as any industrial goods, or we try to remember there is more in art & music and see beyond copyrights and profit. Music is about sharing feelings, emotions, decibels. And this should remain priceless. Does this mean music makers should not fulfill their piggybanks ? Of course not, it's time we all create a new economical system working rather for the best interest of musicians than for industrial holdings.

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Actually, I posted it up there myself.

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Indies capture best albums share this century

Indies capture best albums share this century | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Independents have increased their share of UK album sales to a 21st Century high of 26.4% this year, according to a Music Week presentation at AIM's Indie-Con event.
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UK Indie labels are scoring big sales ; and big players like Beggars or Domino are now established as indie heavyweight

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Darius Van Arman: Majors 'too often abuse their scale advantage' - Music Business Worldwide

Darius Van Arman: Majors 'too often abuse their scale advantage' - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Darius Van Arman, co-owner and co-founder of Secretly Group, has warned that true competition cannot exist in the world of record labels when the major companies unjustly leverage scale to their advantage.

The exec’s comments came at the pre-Grammy Entertainment Law Initiative lunch in Los Angeles on Friday (February 12) and echoed much of a speech from his peer, Beggars Group boss Martin Mills.

Like Mills, Van Arman called for majors (and other indies) to offer artists “fair and equitable trading terms and transparent accounting” in order to create a healthily competitive music business.
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The Indie Gospel, according to Darius Van Arman, co-owner and co-founder of Secretly Group

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Ed Rodriguez (Deerhoof) TALKS the Whole Illegal Downloading Thing

Ed Rodriguez (Deerhoof) TALKS the Whole Illegal Downloading Thing | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
So if someone is barely able to pay their rent, I would rather they put what little cash they have towards their bills and go right ahead, download our album for free. On the other hand, if someone figures that if they don’t pay for their music, then they’ll have more money for a fancy pair of jeans or a personal drone, then they might want to spend a little time reflecting on that. We need to break the habit of not paying for art, especially since very often we instead hand our money to the corporations that we can’t get anything from for free. Maybe pick up a shirt at a thrift store instead of the mall, so you have a few extra bucks to throw at your favorite local band at a show. Once you’ve found an album you want, walk to your record store and pick it up or buy it directly from the band’s website. Instead of seeing a good book in a book store and searching your phone for a cheaper price online, this time just walk to the register and screw the difference, buy it directly from the person who actually owns the store. Don’t worry, even without your money, the estate of billionaire Zachariah Amazon will do just fine.
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Ed Rodriguez' (Deerhoof) take on piracy, illegal downloading... and the people's ability to make a difference by using a simple but yet powerful weapon: their money.

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PledgeMusic, CD Baby, and Disc Makers Team Up... - Digital Music News

PledgeMusic, CD Baby, and Disc Makers Team Up... - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
PledgeMusic, Cd Bbay y Disk Makers

PledgeMusic, CD Baby, and CD Baby-affiliate Disc Makers all provide great tools for independent musicians (as well as larger acts). It makes complete sense that these companies have now banded together in a partnership

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Consolidation. Or how to build up a 360 degree offer for indie uprising acts.

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10 Great & Influential Indie Record Labels (Part II) « Think Like a Label

10 Great & Influential Indie Record Labels (Part II) « Think Like a Label | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

This is the second installment of the 10 Great & Influential Indie Record Labels list that you’ve all been waiting for. Again, I acknowledge the bias of my own perspective and choice of music in forming this list, but I guarantee you each of these bands are very influential, each in their own respect. This list was put together to serve as a learning tool for the progression of labels and how they choose to behave and interact with their community, and conduct their business. There is certainly an evolution going on, and the independency aesthetic seems to be taking precedence; it is up to us to further shape the future of the industry– our industry.

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