Find out more about the people who drive the sector and the work that goes on behind the scenes.

20MinutesWith is a series of bite-sized and informative episodes, curated and hosted in London by Juliana Koranteng business journalist focusing on the international media and entertainment businesses. Editing and production is done in Brussels by Romuald Dagry. 

In the time it takes you to to back up your computer or take your dog for a walk, get a closer look at what moves those who shape the landscape of independent music in Europe today. 

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Vick Bain from vbain consulting and Arit Eminue of DiVA Apprenticeships on their careers as equity, diversity and  inclusion specialists, how they got started, as well as the projects they are currently working on. Vick and Arit give us an insight in what’s it like to deliver EDI training for IMPALA’s members, revealing why it’s important for businesses to talk about diversity with their talent, what you can do to get started and, as always, what’s on their playlists. 

On Vick’s playlist: various playlists on The F-List profileYijia

On Arit’s playlist: Leela James’s Loving You More, Olivia Rodrigo’s SOURLuther VandrossMary J. BligeMs. Lauryn HillAretha Franklin

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Ana Rita Feijão from AMAEI and Sonia Durán from UFI on developing independent conferences and awards shows on the Iberian Peninsula. Our guests talk about how they developed these events and why they were needed in these regions. Find out what benefits they bring to the local markets and how award schemes help talent to grow. Essential listening for national associations in the independent sector all across Europe. Our guests  also talk about their current projects and how impatient they are to attend live concerts again.

On Ana Rita’s playlist: For Emma by Bon Iver 

On Sonia’s playlist: Mujeres

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Dario Draštata and Nikola Jovanović, from RUNDA on this unique association of independents spreading across multiple national territories in the Balkans. Our guests talk about how they got started in the music industry, why they created RUNDA and what the sector looks like in the Balkans. They also talk about the complexity of their territories and why a transnational association was needed in this region. Dario and Nikola share what they’re currently working on and what’s on their playlists.

On Dario’s playlist: Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams, Steve Gunn – Other You, Gibonni – U Po’Ure

On Nikola’s playlist: Olivia Rodrigo – SOUR, Drake – Certified Lover Boy

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Anca Lupes from Indiero and Justyna Masalska from ANPM on opportunities for women in the music industry in Central and Eastern Europe. Our guests talk about how they started their career in Romania and Poland, how the local market is developing in both territories and what they are currently working on. They also share some tips to fulfill your career in the industry and highlight why it’s a thriving sector to work in. Anca and Justyna also share what’s on their playlists. 

On Anca’s playlist: Fresh jazz and classical music from her favourite “discover weekly” playlist.

On Justyna’s playlist : Kwiat JabłoniDawid PodsiadłoDaria ZawiałowBillie Eilish, and also check out Justyna’s own group VOYSYS.

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Kenny Gates from [PIAS] on being one of the most important independent music label groups in Europe and globally. Our guest covers how the [PIAS] family of labels was built, its unique international setup and evolution, what being independent means today and what you need to build a successful music company. Kenny also talks about [Integral] , [PIAS]’ recently renamed distribution and services department, the people who inspired him and what’s on the menu for [PIAS]’ 40th anniversary next year. Kenny also gives us a chance to discover what’s on his playlist.

On Kenny’s playlist: Naima JorisHank Mobley

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Evelyn Sieber from Reeperbahn and Nuno Saraiva from AMAEILusitanian and WestwayLab on European projects and their importance for both local and European music sectors. Our guests cover how EU projects work, the value of inclusivity and capacity-building through projects like IMPALA Campus and the importance of EU support for cultural initiatives. They also share what they learned during the pandemic, what organising a festival looks like these days and what they are looking forward to in the future. As always, our guests tell us what’s on their playlist.


On Evelyn’s playlist: Bear’s DenLewis CapaldiNicklas Sahl


On Nuno’s playlist: José AfonsoExotic Quixotic – Lusitanian GhostsMisia Furtak


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Helene Larrouturou from MEWEM, Celine Bakond from La Neuvième Muse and Louise Cartier from Rooting for Artists about their careers and experience with MEWEM (Mentoring Programme for Women Entrepreneurs in Music Industry). Helene explains how the programme is developing in Europe in six countries and how she became a mentor after being a mentee. Celine and Louise tell us how MEWEM helped them to gain confidence in their work and the sisterhood they developed. They also share what’s on their playlists.

On Helene’s playlist: Art Melody – TengNbiiga (feat D-Oud La Paix), Nepal – Adios Bahamas, Meryem Aboulouafa – Je me promets

On Celine’s playlist: Vicky R – RHC

On Louise’s playlist: Christine and the Queens,”People I’ve been sad”

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Céline Lepage from the French association FELIN, Naomi Baudy from Sparklers Tribe and Victoria Rousselot, aka Vicky R talk about their careers and experience with MEWEM (Mentoring Programme for Women Entrepreneurs in Music Industry). Céline explains how the programme got started. Naomi and Vicky tell us why this type of programme is important for them and the music industry in general.  They also explain why they would recommend it to other women entrepreneurs starting their careers. And, as always, discover what’s on our guests’ playlists.

On Céline’s playlist: Shannon Wright

On Naomi’s playlist: Air – Moon Safari; Pandhora – Euthymia, Amentia – La Nuit, Milo Häfliger – Kairos

On Vicky’s playlist: T-Pain ft Kehlani –  i like dat, Nemir ft. Lala &ce – F.M.E., Joanna –  Maladie D’amour 

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Francesca Trainini, IMPALA’s Chair, on her career in music, chairing IMPALA, what an industrial policy is and why Europe needs this for culture. Francesca also talks about copyright and why the creative sector is important to policy makers. Francesca also talks about her busy schedule as Vice President of PMI, MD of peermusic Italy, VP of the Italian Music Publishing Association, board member of WIN and founding member of IMPF.

On Francesca’s playlist: Arlo ParksMassimo PericoloDeephoTe Quiero Euridice

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Linda Coogan Byrne, Gender Diversity & Equality Activist and CEO of Good Seed PR & Marketing on how the music sector can contribute to making sure a range of voices are heard, why Linda chose the business side over her work as an artist, her podcast series and what she discovered and achieved with the inspiring Why Not Her campaign. Tune in and find out what makes Linda hopeful about the future and, of course, what she’s listening to at the moment.

On Linda’s playlist: YebbaDenise ChailaOrla Gartland

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Maddy Read Clarke and Fay Milton from Music Declares Emergency on what inspired them to start with MDE, what they plan to achieve, what’s in the pipeline and their highlights up to now. Maddy and Fay also share their tips for anyone interested in learning more and taking action. IMPALA’s sustainability programme is highlighted as well as why it’s important for organisations and governing bodies to start taking the climate emergency seriously. And, as always, Maddy and Fay share what’s on their playlists.


On Maddy’s playlist: John Grant’s Boy from MichiganRoscoe Roscoe’s Jacob’s Ladder (out in June) 

On Fay’s playlist: Ahmad Jamal’s The Awakening, demos of her bands Savages180DB


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Ben Wynter on diversity in the music industry, his entrepreneurship and outreach role at AIM, Power Up programme at PRS Foundation. Founder of Unstoppable music group, Ben recounts his 20 years in the sector, why it’s important that everyone has a seat at the table and feels represented and why all independent music companies should complete IMPALA’s diversity and inclusion survey. Find out Ben’s take on how the industry has evolved, why diverse teams mean everyone makes more money, what needs to happen now and more…

On Ben’s playlist: DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, AJ Tracey, Dave.

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Jonas Sjöström on the importance of collecting societies, the EU’s review of how societies are governed and IMPALA’s priorities in this vital area of work. As chair of IMPALA’s collecting-society committee, founder and CEO of the Swedish label Playground Music, Jonas has amazing insight into this essential topic. Find out why caps are needed to make voting rules fair and proportionate, why the EU should stop 125m euros a year being lost to countries with no domestic rights (eg USA), how societies should allocate unclaimed monies, and more…

On Jonas’ playlist: Neil Young, Art Pepper, Motown artists, Ehrling

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Eva Karman Reinhold, co-chair of IMPALA’s diversity task force, CEO of Swedish SOM, music lawyer, publisher and a musician herself on celebrating EU’s Diversity month, how the music sector has mobilised,  what IMPALA and SOM are doing to promote diversity and inclusion, plus the first ever diversity survey in the European music sector. Eva also talks about IMPALA’s charter and diversity advocates who play a key role across all areas of IMPALA’s work, what’s coming up next and, as always, what’s on her playlist.

On Eva’s playlist:  Bob MarleyJoni MitchellThin LizzyAne BrunVera Vinter, and also check out Eva’s own group MahRoot

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Alison Tickell from Julie’s Bicycle and Horst Weidenmueller from !K7 on IMPALA’s climate programme, #EarthDay celebrations, #turnupthevolume campaign with Music Declares Emergency, why we should tackle climate emergency in the music industry and where to start, as well as IMPALA’s targets. Alison and Horst also talk about quick and easy wins for music companies, the importance of having access to practical guidance and best practices that explain the benefits of taking early action and why IMPALA’s programme underlines that there is no one size fits all in Europe. 


On Alison’s playlist : Esperanza SpaldingOscar JeromeLove SsegaJB FM playlist on Spotify


On Horst playlist: DJ-Kicks mix for !K7Floating PointsPharoah Sanders.


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Marius Mihalache, the exceptional dulcimer player from Romania on his world famous career, why the instrument is so special, what inspires him when writing music and working on film scores, his view on diversity on digital services, and how his playing is influenced by energy with his audience. Marius also talks about growing up in a family of musicians and how music has always been part of his life.


On Marius’ playlist:  INNAThe MotansOvidiu Lipan TandaricaMike Godoroja & Blue Spirit, Alexandra UngureanuByronVUNKLuiza Zan


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Michel Lambot from [PIAS] on setting up IMPALA in a garden, why there was a need in 2000 and how it evolved, as well as why he thought having open market access was a good idea. Michel also talks about IMPALA’s highlights in the last 20 years, including merger work and developing links in central and eastern Europe. Based on his energetic entrepreneurial spirit, Michel also gives advice to upcoming industry professionals.


On Michel’s playlist: Sister Europe by The Psychedelic FursS. Marie KeyrouzArlo ParksNick Cave, Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy




IMPALA’s 10-point plan on streaming models explained by Paul Pacifico, CEO of AIM, the UK Association of Independent Music. Find out what models IMPALA proposes and their recommendations to make streaming work, why equitable remuneration isn’t the answer (and why it doesn’t equate with fair remuneration), as well as IMPALA’s view on user centric, the UK streaming inquiry, and why a systemic change is needed to provide a dynamic & responsible future for artists, labels and fans.


On Paul’s playlist: All New Independent Playlist (AIM)




All about Brexit with Jane Golding, IMPALA’s regulatory lawyer and Mark Kitcatt from Everlasting Records, Spain. So what is life after Brexit for music companies, artists and citizens? Mark and Jane (who is also co-chair of British in Europe) talk about the current impact of Brexit on the music sector and also their own lives, why it is important for music companies and artists to be informed and vocal about the issues of mobility, touring, the economy and of course, what’s on their playlists.


On Jane’s playlist: “Such a Shame” by Talk Talk

On Mark’s playlist: Sleaford Modsblack midiMonodramaSofia Comas


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Kees van Weijen from STOMP on the EU copyright directive, the Netherlands being the first to implement it nationally, what it means for platforms and what changes now, IMPALA’s work in navigating the legislative process, the impact it could have on the global scale and of course why copyright is important in the first place. Kees also talks about his career and lets Juliana know what music he is listening to at the moment.


On Kees’ playlist: Danny Vera, IMPALA album of the year award nominee


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Three members of My Ugly Clementine, the latest winners of IMPALA’s Album of the Year Awardtalk about their debut album, “Vitamin C,” what it means to be a non-male band, challenging stereotypes, as well as their plans for playing live. The 20MinutesWith host Juliana Koranteng also discovers what Sophie Lindinger, Mira Lu Kovacs and Nastasja Ronck have in store for the future and, as always, what’s on their playlists.


On Nastasja’s playlist: Arlo ParksClaudThe Weather StationAldous HardingPhoebe BridgersBig Thiefalyona alyona

On Sophie’s playlist: Perfume GeniusFleet FoxesJulia Jacklin, Sharon Van Etten

On Mira’s playlist: Nina SimoneTom WaitsAdrianne LenkerBlake MillsFiona Apple


Be sure to listen to MUC’s award winning album, Vitamin C!



Remi Harris MBE talks about “Easy Money?” her guide to funding in the music business, why we need to stay optimistic in this crisis, her pathway to becoming a renowned financial expert and her work at UK Music on diversity and inclusion. Juliana Koranteng also discovers what’s Remi often heard saying and much more in this episode of 20MinutesWith.

On Remi’s playlist: Lauren Housley


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Jérôme Roger from SPPF on European performance income, US repertoire, why 125m euros a year will be lost for European labels and performers unless EU moves fast. With all this coming out of a court case in Ireland and the USA being one of the only countries in the world where radio and cafes and bars don’t pay labels and performers (yes you heard right… even China has better protection now) this is full of intrigue.

On Jérôme’s playlist: Francis CabrelChristine and the Queens


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Gee Davy, the first COO of AIM UK on live streaming opportunities and challenges, AIM’s place in Europe, her own career path, and of course what’s on her playlist. Livestreaming is booming to connect artists and fans during the coronavirus pandemic – get practical tips and hear how being a scientist impacts Gee’s view of technology and embracing change.

On Gee’s playlist: Sufjan StevensArlo ParksKOKOROKOFour Tet


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Jörg Heidemann from German indie association VUT on Covid-19 – how music has been affected, crisis responses from governments, the EU and IMPALA, as well as the positives we can take away and what he’s been listening to in 2020.


On Jörg’s playlist: Charles Pasi, Oscar Jerome


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Jason Rackham, Co-founder of #LoveRecordStores and MD of [PIAS] UK, talks about how the campaign #LoveRecordStores got started, the highlights so far, what it felt like winning IMPALA’s Outstanding Contribution Award, his vision for more collective action in the sector, as well as tips for focussing on artists, whatever type of work you do in the music sector.

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The first episode features Helen Smith, IMPALA’s Executive Chair. Smith takes us on a personal journey…. what brought her to Brussels, her experience at IMPALA, views on hot topics like Brexit, Covid-19, the copyright directive, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, as well as her tips for anyone wanting to work in the music sector.

On Helen’s playlist: IMPALA 20th Anniversary #1 album of the year  playlist– the first 10 years

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