IMPALA’s Friend of IMPALA scheme is aimed at companies interested in working with the independent sector.
Any company which works with the sector (or would like to) can apply for “Friends” membership. Friends can join the scheme for a year (subject to approval by the IMPALA Board). This can be renewed.
There is an annual fee, in order to guarantee the exclusivity and value of the arrangement.
To join, please contact the IMPALA office with details of the company, relevant market sector, and a brief explanation of why the company would like to become a Friend of IMPALA.
Meet IMPALA’s friends below.


Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with 82m tracks, 400+m users, 180m subscribers, across 184 markets. Our mission is to give a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it.


YouTube is an online video sharing and social media platform owned by Google. It is the second most visited website, right after Google itself. YouTube has more than one billion monthly users, who collectively watch more than one billion hours of videos each day. YouTube is also the partner of IMPALA’s yearly list of “100 Independent Artists”.


AudioSalad is an unparalleled metadata and media asset management, delivery, and distribution platform for the music and entertainment industries. It has become the indispensable choice to maximize reach and revenue for a growing global roster of artists, record labels, and distributors. 


Chartmetric is the all-in-one platform that provides comprehensive streaming and social data for music industry professionals to create successful careers in music. Chartmetric offers access to market-level data from more than 20 music streaming and social media sources — plus, the power of data science … all in one place.

Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS)

Eurosonic is a key European conference and showcase festival organised by the Noorderslag Foundation in cooperation with Buma. It focuses on creating a platform for the European and Dutch music industry and to encourage the exchange of ideas in the sector through live music.  It is also broadcasted each year on national radio stations in more than 20 countries.

Reeperbahn Festival

Reeperbahn Festival combines a diverse line-up of new, international talents with a programme comprising of a wide range of themes in a progressive music marketplace. Since its debut in 2006, Reeperbahn Festival has become one of the most important meeting places for the world of music and combines music programme with music industry interests and social initiatives.  

Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound is an annual music festival held in Barcelona that takes place in early June. Primavera Sound is a meeting point for artists and spectators from all generations. Alongside its live events, Primavera has been holding PrimaveraPro, an international meeting with programmes and roundtable discussions aimed at music industry professionals.


BUSH – Budapest Showcase Hub represents the best that the Eastern-European music industry has to offer.  During the night the stage is for the musicians, while at the daytime the spotlight is on professionals helping the artists take the stage. It’s a place for pioneers and professionals of the Eastern European music industry to discuss the hottest current topics and trends.


Based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, MENT is a three-day music discovery festival of fresh artists from all of Europe and beyond. The international conference focuses on the music industry and creativity. The festival focuses on local, regional and Eastern European scene, yet hosts bands from all over Europe. The same goes for music professionals.


Mastering the Music Business is the first and the biggest professional international event for the music industry organised in Romania. The conference is aimed at all artists, managers, bookers, promoters, labels and any other music business professionals. During the first five editions, more than 3000 speakers from Romania, Europe and the USA have participated.


One of the most high-profile and respected executives in the music business, Keith Harris OBE started out at the then independent label Transatlantic Records over 40 years ago. A brilliant artist manager and record label executive, Keith has also held key strategic roles in the industry including at PPL, UK Music and as Chairman of the MMF, as well as his work as music consultant, currently at IMPALA and with other organisations. Keith Harris is the adviser to IMPALA’s equity, diversity and inclusion task force.


Arit Eminue is the founder and director of DiVa Apprenticeships, empowering individuals to build careers they enjoy and helping employers create an inclusive working environment that enables their staff to realise their full potential. She works with employers in the development of apprenticeship programmes that support workforce diversity, business growth, skills development and talent retention. Arit is IMPALA’s equity, diversity and inclusion trainer. 


Vick Bain is the former CEO of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and a Henley Business School MBA graduate with 25 years experience in music and the creative industries. Vick is author of Counting the Music Industry and Founder of The F-List for Music CIC and IMPALA’s equality, diversity and inclusion trainer.


Julie’s Bicycle is a pioneering not-for-profit, mobilising the arts and culture to take action on the climate and ecological crisis. Founded by the music industry in 2007 and now working across the arts and culture, JB has partnered with over 2000 organisations in the UK and internationally. Combining cultural and environmental expertise, Julie’s Bicycle focuses on high-impact programmes and policy change to meet the climate crisis head-on. Julie’s Bicycle is the adviser to IMPALA’s sustainability task force.


Jane Golding is a senior EU law specialist, and a qualified barrister and solicitor. She has worked in the area of European law for over 20 years, at the European Commission, and in private practice in Italy, Germany, as well as in Brussels, where she spent over 15 years before moving to Berlin in 2009. 


CJA Entertainment Legal is an entertainment legal and advisory business run by Chris Ancliff. Chris has spent over 25 years working in the music and entertainment industries.  He trained as a corporate and commercial lawyer at city law firm Linklaters and is skilled in legal and business affairs, intellectual property and corporate/M&A transactions.

Award Framers International

Award Framers International is Europe’s leading manufacturer of official music awards, and works for clients including IMPALA, Nielsen and BPI among many others. It provides the music industry with a range of awards designed to celebrate those significant events that mark success for both artists and labels.


GingerUp is a Brussels-based company delivering IT solutions and web design. GingerUp built IMPALA’s original website and have taken care of various transitions over the years. They were also included in providing multiple design solutions for IMPALA’s website.


Lay-in & Lay-out is a graphic design team based in Brussels which has been working with IMPALA since 2000, when it first designed our logo. Since then we have continued to collaborate with Lay-in & Lay-out for design solutions for our award schemes, brochures and promotional material.

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