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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2010
One Location: Hundreds Of Indies
A2IM-Created American Independents Pavilion Celebrates Fifth Year At MIDEM, Promises To Be Focal Point Of World's Largest Music Business Trade Event
In a testament both to a robust and thriving American independent music community and the resourcefulness of a sector holding its own on the world stage single-handedly, the American Independents Pavilion at this week's MIDEM convention promises to be a central draw, showcasing over 100 U.S. based independent music companies under one umbrella.
Created and organized by the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and MIDEM, the pavilion is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Says A2IM Vice President Jim Mahoney, "It's an incredibly diverse group, from labels in every genre to partners and associate members with a wide variety of expertise, and it's a pleasure to show the world the sense of real identity and kinship that brings the community together."
A2IM President Rich Bengloff adds, "A2IM is especially proud to be able to make a strong showing, given the competition from foreign government supported efforts. We're hopeful that U.S. funding for the arts will see a renewed emphasis in the near future, but as of now we're one of the only countries present that does not receive official government sponsorship and support while we're promoting one of this country's largest exports around the world."
The A2IM American Independents Pavilion is located at R36.18 at the trade show with a large terrace overlooking the French Riviera. Key events include "Meet The USA", international speed dating, the International Indie Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday, and A2IM's nightly sunset cocktail parties co-hosted by Counterpoint Systems, RightsFlow, and SoundExchange (Sunday-Tuesday, 5p-7p).
Launched on July 4th, 2005 to represent the needs of the independent music label community, this year A2IM will celebrate its fifth anniversary as the sector's pre-eminent advocacy group and trade organization. Currently, the organization counts over 225 music label members and 100 associate members (companies who don't own masters but rely upon, provide services for, or otherwise support independent music labels).
A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization serving the Independent music community as a unified voice representing a sector that comprises over 30% of the music industry's market share in the United States (and almost 40% of SoundScan digital sales). The organization represents the Independents' interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. A2IM is headquartered in New York City.
The organization's board of directors is comprised of the following: Concord Music Group President Glen Barros; The Beggars Group CEO Lesley Bleakley; Wind-Up Records COO Jim Cooperman; Razor Tie Executive Vice President Dan Hoffman; Alligator Records Founder President Bruce Iglauer; Roadrunner Records Executive Vice President Douglas Keogh; Bar/None owner Glenn Morrow; Lookout Records co-owner Molly Neuman: Kill Rock Stars President Portia Sabin.
For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.A2IM.org
or contact Jennifer Masset (Director Membership Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
), Jim Mahoney (Vice President, email@example.com
), or Rich Bengloff (President, firstname.lastname@example.org
) at 212 999 6113.
For press information on A2IM, please contact Nick Baily [email@example.com
] at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171.