Impala Press Release
IMPALA APPOINTS NEW BOARD AND SECRETARY GENERAL
Following its AGM held on Friday in London, IMPALA has elected a new twenty strong Board representing independent music companies across Europe. The association has also appointed a new Secretary General, Helen Smith, who is leaving her role as co-manager of KEA European Affairs. Helen will manage a stand alone secretariat devoted to IMPALA issues. The move marks a new phase in the history of the association aimed at consolidating the presence of the independent music sector in Brussels. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW CONTACT DETAILS AS OF TODAY.
Patrick Zelnik (Naïve, FR) and Martin Mills (Beggars Group, UK) will continue as President and Chairman respectively, with Hein van der Ree, (Epitaph Europe, NL) and Horst Weidenmuller (K7, DE) as Vice Presidents. The full list of board members can be found below.
The Board thanked departing Secretary General Philippe Kern by presenting him with an IMPALA Platinum Award – Icky Thump by the White Stripes. Philippe will continue to advise IMPALA.
Martin Mills, IMPALA Chairman added: We are very grateful to KEA's staff and Philippe Kern for having taken IMPALA to its current level of success and we are confident that the new stand-alone IMPALA under Helen will continue to place the independents on the musical frontline in this challenging and exciting era.
Helen Smith, IMPALA Secretary General said: I am delighted to step up to the role of Secretary General and continue to promote the interests of real creators and innovators at this crucial time. Collectively the independents can and will continue to punch above their weight. Our priorities will be market access, financial access and political access.
Philippe Kern, Managing Director of KEA European Affairs added: IMPALA is now almost eight years old and the stand alone structure makes more sense in view of the increased activities of the association and its responsibility towards its members and the regulators. IMPALA is a pioneer in creative industries representation in Brussels and a model in the way it made use of EU regulatory instruments to the benefits of the independent community. I am sad to see Helen leaving after four years with KEA but I am comforted by the fact that the organisation is in expert hands.
The new Board members are:
IMPALA members: !K7 (Germany), Beggars Group (UK), Bonnier Amigo (Sweden), CLS Kft (Hungary), CNR (NL), Cooking Vinyl (UK), Edel (Germany), Epitaph (US/NL), Gazell (Sweden), Menart doo (SIovenia), Musicvertrieb (Switzerland), Mystic Production (Poland) Naïve (France), Odyssey (Ukraine), PIAS Group (Belgium), Playground (Sweden), Red Bullet (NL), Soyuz Music (Russia), SPV (Germany), V2 Music Group (UK), Wagram (France), as well as national trade associations from the UK (AIM), France (UPFI), Germany (VUT), Spain (UFI), Italy (PMI), Denmark (DUP), Norway (FONO), Israel (PIL) and Sweden (SOM) and the Catalonian association APECAT. For further information on IMPALA, please see http://www.impalamusic.org or contact IMPALA on T: + 32 .2. 503 3138
For more information contact IMPALA : www.impalasite.org. Tel.+32 2 289