Independent Music for Independent Minds

*Excitement Builds For Independents Day 08*

Tuesday 27th May 2008: - It’s T minus 37 days and plans are coming together for Independents Day 08 - the first ever global celebration of independent music, taking place over the 4th July weekend.

Starting in New Zealand and ending in the USA, activities include the largest ever auction of independent and other music memorabilia (via eBay) and limited edition album releases featuring the cream of independent talent, all supported by one-off music shows and retrospectives across the globe.

The limited edition albums, A&R’d on a territory-by-territory basis, will be released on the 4th July for a limited period only, instantly making each a collector’s item.  Partners such as eMusic, Amazon and MTV will be heavily promoting the album and the day itself. 

Beneficiaries include charities MusiCares, CALM and the Musicians Benevolent Fund, with funds also supporting independent artists and labels in poorer countries, bursaries to international trade fairs, and initiatives connecting local music companies with schools and colleges.

The global event is being put together by the Worldwide Independent Network, with national trade organisations responsible for each country’s activities.  Participating countries include the US, UK, New Zealand, Spain, Australia, South Africa, France, Austria, Japan and Italy.

Independents Day UK
Organised by UK's Association of Independent Music, Independents Day UK will see a special double album released on CD, vinyl and digital.   The first disc will feature new tracks by current independent acts covering indie classics, specially recorded or never before released. The second will showcase new bands who have been personally recommended by those artists featuring on the first album. The release will be backed with prominent retail support.

A special auction of memorabilia and money-can’t-buy experiences will, from the 2nd week in June, build to a crescendo over the ID weekend.

Independents Day USA
Organised by the USA's American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Independents Day USA will be offering a special digital-only album available online for an exclusive 72-hour period commencing on July 4th. The album will be comprised of previously unreleased rarities and live material from a diverse array of artists.

A special 10-day auction of memorabilia and money-can’t buy experiences will simultaneously launch with the digital release. Label support for ID USA includes ATO Records, Beggars Group, Concord Music Group, Definitive Jux, Fat Beats, Razor & Tie, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Roadrunner Records, Righteous Babe Records, Thirty Tigers, and VP Records among others.


Independents Day Australia
On Independents Day Australia will see an album, auction and poll of the country’s all-time favourite independent albums, all organised by The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR).  The top 10 independent albums will be voted for by the general public after a variety of artists, labels, promoters, radio presenters and journalists whittled down 200 nominations to a shortlist of 50.


Said WIN President Alison Wenham, “Independents Day 08 is the first event of its kind, bringing together the best in music making and a global auction. It demonstrates the growing strength of the independent sector represented by the Worldwide Independent Network. We hope it raises lots of money and awareness for the charities, and for the sector to continue to push at the margins of creativity.”

Commented Peter Gordon, Vice-President WIN, President Thirsty Ear, who originated the idea “ Many members of our community toil in unheralded corners of the world, individual in pursuit yet united in the unbridled enthusiasm to uncover new musical expressions. This is our day to celebrate the joy, passion and individual freedom of discovery which we know as Independent Music”


About The Independent Record Sector

The independent record sector accounts for some of the world’s most exciting and diverse music, and is responsible for over three quarters of new releases and a quarter of the world market. Independents invest in new musical genres and break exciting new trends, continually pushing the boundaries of popular culture through innovation, experimentation and calculated risk-taking.

In the US, independent-signed artists received a total of over 80 nominations for this year’s prestigious Grammy Awards, while UK independents received the coveted Mercury Music Prize on four consecutive occasions between 2003 and 2006.

Independent-signed artists include Radiohead, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Nickelback, Arctic Monkeys, Bjork, Thom Yorke, Nine Inch Nails, The White Stripes, The Shins, Plain White T's, Tom Waits, Tim McGraw, Carla Bruni, Franz Ferdinand, Rascal Flatts, Slipknot, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Editors, M.I.A., Sufjan Stevens, Fler, LeAnn Rimes, Tiësto, Taylor Swift, The Rasmus, Jose Gonzalez, The Strokes, Basement Jaxx, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Raconteurs, Super Furry Animals, Pixies, Antony & The Johnsons, Jarvis Cocker, Nitin Sawhney, Enter Shikari, Pigeon Detectives, The Go! Team, Royksopp, Roots Manuva, Coldcut, Dave Clarke, Matthew Herbert, Soulwax/2 Many DJs, Tiga, Laurent Garnier, Vitalic, The Prodigy and Underworld.


About WIN And The Global Independent Sector

The World Independent Network is a global forum whose members are the independent record sector trade bodies around the world. It was launched in 2006 in response to business, creative and market access issues faced by the world’s independent communities.

For independent music companies and their national trade associations worldwide, WIN is a collective voice. It also acts as an advocate, instigator and facilitator for its continually growing membership. Alison Wenham is the Inaugural President of WIN.

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