22nd January 2021

The second month of IMPALA's 20th anniversary programme




IMPALA's birthday programme on our IMPALA20 blog page now has a second series of posts, interviews and playlists. As promised, we are doing a newsletter in the week of the 20th of each month to give you a round up of the programme. Another special feature this month is the announcement of our 11th annual shortlist for the European Independent Album of the Year - make sure to listen to this year's nominees - on Spotify, Deezer or YouTube.


IMPALA playlists

20Tracks is a series of playlists to highlight the independent sector in all its diversity. Genre and language playlists are posted every month, curated by IMPALA’s members to celebrate music in Europe today.

20Tracks #3
IMPALA 20th anniversary #3 - 20 tracks in Polish

This playlist features 20 tracks in Polish by 20 Polish independent artists.
Curated by our member ANPM.


IMPALA 20th anniversary #4 - 20 best-selling independent artists

 20 tracks from 20 of the best-selling independent European albums of the last 20 years.


IMPALA podcast

Curated by Juliana Koranteng, key independent music figures talk about what goes on behind the scenes. This is a series of bite-sized and informative episodes curated by Juliana in London and edited in Brussels by Romuald Dagry. In the time it takes you to to back up your computer or walk your dog, get a closer look at what moves those who shape the landscape of independent music in Europe today. 

Episode 3: Jörg Heidemann
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. 

Find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast and Deezer.
Episode 4: Gee Davy
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. Live streaming 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.

Find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast and Deezer.


How well do you know the independent music sector? IMPALA’s discovery series takes us on a journey across the whole of Europe. Each month we look at a different aspect of the sector from labels, managers, venues and much more.




A huge part of IMPALA membership, national associations of independent record labels form our backbone. These structures, gathering the independent record labels active in a specific country or territory, work on a daily basis to facilitate the business of their members and monitor national developments likely to impact the music sector. Together within IMPALA, their knowledge and understanding of the music eco-system is second to none, allowing a permanent exchange of knowledge between territories, record labels and music executives all over Europe. 

IMPALA turns 20 this year and many national associations go a long way back in time. 

The first national associations appeared in Scandinavia as early as the seventies. Swedish association SOM was the European pioneer, being established as early as 1974. Norway followed closely, with FONO being born in 1980. The other Nordic countries followed in 2002 with the set-up of DUP and INDIECO in Finland.  

While Israeli association PIL was established as early as 1988, it is the nineties that saw the independents in the bigger European music markets get organised: VUT, the German association of independents was born in 1993 and is still, to this day, the biggest European association in terms of membership size with close to 1,200 members. French association UPFI followed in 1996 and AIM, the Association of Independent Music, was constituted in 1998, gathering the British independents. The three bigger European music markets now had independent representative groups firmly on the map. 

Collaborating with a few key independent labels based in territories with no national association at the time, a crazy idea was born making sure that independent record labels could also be properly represented at the European level, where more and more decisions were taken that would have an impact on the music eco-system. IMPALA was established in 2000, with most of the above as founding members. 

The noughties would, in the space of a few years, see more associations created, at first mostly in Western European countries: UFI in Spain and VTMÖ in Austria in 2003 or PMI in Italy in 2005. BIMA (in Belgium), STOMP (Netherlands), AMAEI (Portugal) and INDIESUISSE followed suit. 

The last decade saw things getting livelier in Central and Eastern Europe. PLATFORMA (Czech republic) was the first association of its kind to be established in the region, with more indie federations recently appearing in Hungary (HAIL), Romania (INDIERO) and Poland (ANPM). The Balkans even went one step further, with RUNDA (established in 2018) becoming the very first trans-national association of independent record labels, covering the seven territories of ex-Yugoslavia as well as Albania.

Last, but certainly not least, French federation FELIN joined IMPALA in 2020, becoming the second French indie alliance to do so after UPFI. It is not uncommon for European countries to have multiple groups of independents active in the same territory, based on historical differences or different realities (music genres, size, etc). Along similar lines, Italian association AUDIOCOOP is also represented within IMPALA by PMI.   

In a nutshell: 20 territories, for 22 associations and 27 European countries covered in total.

1. AIM – Association of Independent Music (United Kingdom)

2. AMAEI – Associação de Músicos Artistas e Editoras Independentes (Portugal)

3. ANPM – Alians Niezaleznych Producentow Muzycznych (Poland)

4. BIMA – Belgian Independent Music Association (Belgium)

5. DUP – Danske Uafhaengige Pladeselskaber (Denmark)

6. FONO – Norwegian Association of Independents (Norway)

7. HAIL – Hungarian Association of Independent Labels (Hungary)

8. INDIECO – Finnish Association of Independents (Finland)

9. INDIERO – Romanian Association of independent record labels (Romania)

10. INDIESUISSE – Association of Swiss Independent Music Labels and Producers (Switzerland)

11. PIL – The Israeli Federation of Independent Record Producers (Israel)

12. PLATFORMA – Association Czech of Independents Record Companies (Czech Republic)

13. PMI – Produttori Musicali Indipendenti, also representing AUDIOCOOP (Italy) 

14. RUNDA – Regionalna Udruga Nezavisnih Diskografa (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Albania)

15. SOM – Svenska Oberoende Music Producenter (Sweden)

16. STOMP – Stichting Onafhankelijk Muziek Producenten (Netherlands)

17. UFI – Union Fonografica Independiente(Spain)

18. UPFI – Union des producteurs phonographiques français indépendants and FELIN – Fédération Nationale des Labels et Distributeurs Indépendants (France)

19. VTMÖ – Verband unabhängiger Tonträgerunternehmen, Musikverlage und MusikproduzentInnen Österreich (Austria)

20. VUT – Verband Unabhängiger Musikunternehmer (Germany)

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