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News and statements from IMPALA 2011-2007...





14th December 2011


IMPALA calls for European VAT reform to stop discrimination against music

28th November 2011


IMPALA and BUMA/STEMRA create first ever European portal for mechanical rights licensing

24th November 2011


European Rightholders Welcome New Private Copying Mediator

23rd November 2011


IMPALA welcomes EC initiative to set up a fund of €210 million to guarantee bank loans to music companies and other creative and cultural SMEs

14th November 2011


IMPALA statement on the sale of EMI Publishing to Sony

11th November 2011


IMPALA expects sale of EMI to Universal to be blocked outright

8th November 2011


IMPALA raises red flag on Universal and Sony bids for EMI, 8 November 2011

25th October 2011


Move Music inks deal with independent rights agency Merlin

20th October 2011


Will we see a "common artistic policy" for Europe? IMPALA Co-President Michel Lambot launches the idea at the EC Culture Forum today in Brussels

19th October 2011


Merlin Strikes Licensing Deal with YouTube

12th October 2011


As Adele hits thirteen times platinum across Europe, over 60 artists pick up IMPALA Sales Awards, including Manel, Bon Iver, Miossec, dEUS, Agnes Obel and The Horrors

12th September 2011


Independents welcome Europe's decision to extend copyright for performers and producers to 70 years

8th September 2011


IMPALA elects new Board and conducts brainstorming session on online music market

11th August 2011


[PIAS] & AIM Establish Fund for Labels Adversely Affected By The Sony DADC Fire

9th August 2011


[PIAS] stocks burn to ground in London riots - IMPALA wishes the very best to all staff and affected labels in these difficult times. See here for more information on the situation and how you can help

20th July 2011


Latest IMPALA Sales Awards winners to be revealed in September

7 July 2011


European independent music companies welcome ISP copyright collaboration in the USA as a model for Europe

30 June 2011


IMPALA Statement: Independent music companies welcome EC proposal for cultural industry fund

8 June 2011


IMPALA / Popkomm partnership

1 June 2011


IMPALA calls for European VAT reform to boost the online market and stop discriminating against music

25 May 2011


Making Europe a better place for music? IMPALA statement on Europe's new intellectual property strategy

20 May 2011


Merlin: Member survey and independent chart success

6 May 2011


IMPALA encourages Warner's new owner to work with independents on market recovery, predicts regulatory problems for sale of EMI

11 April 2011


Merlin Agrees $Multi-Million Copyright Infringement Settlement with XM

1 June 2011


IMPALA calls for European VAT reform to boost the online market and stop discriminating against music

11 April 2011


IMPALA / World Copyright Summit partnership

31 March 2011


IMPALA announces Europe's best selling independent artists - 100 new silver, gold and platinum awards for Adele, Caro Emerald, Sofia Karlsson, Warpaint, Oliver Pocher, Lichtmond, Bebel Gilberto, Morcheeba, Agnes Obel, and The National among others

4 March 2011


Interview with Efterklang's label 4AD

4 March 2011


Interviews with Efterklang by IMPALA and the Wall Street Journal

28 February 2011


Magic Chairs by Efterklang wins first IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award

16 February 2011


21-album shortlist for European Independent Album of the Year Award, winner to be announced 28th February

9 February 2011


Sweden celebrates independent music as IMPALA presents award to Sofia Karlsson

1 February 2011


Mergers - IMPALA predicts a rough ride in Europe from regulators and competitors

31 January 2011


Tips for running an independent label - The Ten Commandments here. Follow up here . All from the Indie Sumit at MIDEM 2011 organised in co-operation with IMPALA and hosted by Emanuel Legrand.

24 January 2011


IMPALA looks to Europe to create new investment fund and properly value intangible assets

22 January 2011


IMPALA honours Mario Pacheco with Outstanding Contribution Award

22 January 2011


Impala announces European Independent Album of the Year Award

10 January 2011


Rdio to Feature Top Indie Artists from Merlin

26 November 2010


R.I.P. Mario Pacheco

18 November 2010


MERLIN announces global content and syndication deal with Audiotube

29 October 2010


UK VAT loophole website launched

14 October 2010


IMPALA Supports EC Approval of New French Youth Music Card

5 October 2010


New IMPALA Awards include Yolanda Be Cool, The XX, Prince, Katie Melua, Tom Waits and Ida Corr vs. Fedde le Grand

29 September 2010


Berlin Music Week - Panel Highlights - Videos: "A Decade of IMPALA" and "A sporting chance for the Independents"

14 September 2010


IMPALA Celebrates Decade of European Independents

9 August 2010


Merlin settles and signs landmark agreement with Grooveshark

3 August 2010


Rdio: A statement by Merlin CEO Charles Caldas

8 July 2010


IMPALA/Popkomm Partnership

6 July 2010


Second Annual Spanish Independent Music Awards

9 June 2010


European music companies meet EU and Belgian officials at IMPALA summit

8 June 2010


Hein van der Ree, CEO of Buma Stemra collects an IMPALA Outstanding Contribution Award

3 June 2010


Gold IMPALA Award for Benjamin Biolay

2 June 2010


Worldwide Independent Network meeting in New York- June 18th 2010

1 June 2010


IMPALA supports Italian artists and labels in radio dispute

24 May 2010


MERLIN signs landmark deal with simfy

6 May 2010


IMPALA participates in SME Finance Forum

29 April 2010


Music companies welcome EC Cultural Industries Green Paper - market access and SME finance among key issues to tackle

23 April 2010


IMPALA participates in European Commission Hearing on Collective Licensing

9 March 2010


Investing in music - New report highlights record companies' investment in talent

27 January 2010


100 million euros in IMPALA Awards with Vampire Weekend’s ‘Contra’, the first US number one from a UK indie for 20 years, selling ¼ million in just two weeks and receiving IMPALA Diamond.

26 January 2010


IMPALA recommends sports style development fees and other revenue sharing measures as part of its finance plan voted in Cannes

23 January 2010


IMPALA launches new business affiliate programme

8 January 2010


IMPALA Statement on French "Creation and Internet" mission report

23 November 2009


MYSPACE Music and MERLIN strike comprehensive global agreement

6 October 2009


IMPALA Press Release - Independent artists clock up over 6m sales in new IMPALA Awards list, with Platinum for The Prodigy and Diamond for Placebo and Arctic Monkeys.

16 September 2009


IMPALA AGM brainstorms new French ministerial mission to rethink the internet

11 September 2009


New road map for cultural and creative sectors to be released

4 September 2009


World's leading independents elect new MERLIN Board

3 September 2009


Impala Co-President given mission by the French Ministry of Culture

29 June 2009


Merlin Announces Elections For New Board

10 June 2009


Stakeholders’ platform on cultural industries presents final draft recommendations to the EC

13 May 2009


Independents support new French "Creation and Internet" law

17 April 2009


International reaction to Pirate Bay trial verdict

13 March 2009


Statement from IMPALA on the French “Creation and Internet” law debate

5 March 2009


The Pirate Bay Trial - Statements of support from right holders

21 January 2009


Independent artists win over forty new IMPALA Awards, with European Multi-Platinum for Carla Bruni, Platinum for Katie Melua and Diamond for Die Toten Hosen

19 January 2009


IMPALA meets EC Commissioner Figel' in Cannes - Discrimination of independents to be examined in EC's Cultural Industries Green Paper

16 January 2009


European Border Breaker Awards honour European debut artists in TV-show at EuroSonic Noorderslag Festival, Groningen (NL). 8/10 winners are independent.

18 December 2008


European Parliament challenges the Commission again about competition in the music market and the SonyBMG merger, as independents’ appeal continues without new action over Sony buy out

17 December 2008


10 debut artists to receive 2009 European Border Breaker Awards (EBBAs) in Groningen, the Netherlands. 8/10 winners are independent.

28 November 2008


Merlin Receives first Official Award at FICOD '08

13 November 2008


IMPALA / WIN / MIDEM Announce new cooperation and Indie Summit line-up

24 October 2008


French Minister of Culture obtains the support of the independents in music, film and literature for the Creation and Internet proposal, in a package of concrete proposals presented at the world's first Independents Arena.
Pour lire le communiqué de presse en français cliquer ici

24 October 2008


European Independence Arena Declaration unveiled.
Pour lire la Declaration en français cliquer ici

17 October 2008


European Independence Arena press conference announced

9 October 2008


Over 60 independent artists win new IMPALA Awards, with European Platinum for Adele, Pink Martini and Scooter

25 September 2008


MySpace Music Launches Without World’s Leading Independent Labels And Artists

15 September 2008


IMPALA object to EC’s soft approval of the new Sony-SonyBMG merger

16 July 2008


Recording industry backs EU initiative to close copyright gap with the U.S.

10 July 2008


EC judges refer SonyBMG merger back to lower court and confirm there is no presumption in favour of approving mergers

10 July 2008


Merlin Issues Statement Regarding Artist Royalty Program

16 June 2008


IMPALA appeals EC authorisation of SonyBMG merger without remedies for a second time

27 May 2008


Independent Music for Independent Minds - Excitement Builds For Independents Day 08

30 April 2008


Worldwide music download information campaign helps parents and teachers advise children

13 March 2008


Action Plan for Music

18 February 2008


Music sector united in welcoming EU Commission Plan to close the term of protection gap

29 January 2008


IMPALA announces next batch of sales awards with Platinum for Radiohead, Katie Melua and Manu Chao

28 January 2008


IMPALA starts MIDEM with a new management board, new priorities and a private meeting with the EC Commissioner for Culture, Jan Figel

15 January 2008


'European Border Breakers Awards' — European artists tune in to the future

20 December 2007


European Parliament challenges Commissioner Kroes again on Sony/BMG

17 December 2007


IMPALA / WIN / MIDEM Announce new cooperation and Indie Summit line-up

13 December 2007


IMPALA welcomes opinion that EC Court was right to annul Sony/BMG merger in 2006

7 December 2007


CEOs of Europe’s leading music companies congregate in Brussels, highlighting the EC’s prioritisation of cultural and creative SMEs

7 November 2007


IMPALA calls for first SonyBMG merger annulment to be upheld as parties’ legal interest questioned

5 November 2007


Danish Record Labels receive IMPALA Sales Awards

30 October 2007


European Parliament Interrogates Commission on the Sony/BMG Merger

8 October 2007


IMPALA challenges Universal’s creeping dominance and asks EC to examine sale of publishing assets

3 October 2007


Independent music companies call for enquiry into EC's approval of SonyBMG merger

28 September 2007


IMPALA contributes to EC's Cultural Forum in Lisbon.

20 August 2007


Merlin Appoints Inaugural Board and Formally Incorporates

13 July 2007


Merlin calls elections for full board to run first worldwide music licensing agency for independents

3 July 2007


IMPALA appoints new board and secretary general

15 June 2007


IMPALA announces new award winners for independents music companies

12 June 2007


Europe’s creative industries welcome EC call for a new European Agenda for Culture

22 May 2007


IMPALA statement on EC approval of UniversalBMG

13 June 2006


European Court annuls Sony/BMG merger - Independents win landmark case

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