Milestones

2019

Historic vote in the European parliament to adopt a new copyright directive to address the value gap, introduce a new right for press publishers and establish new rules for artists and writers in their relations with labels and publishers. 

Second edition of Music Moves Europe is launched, with an increased budget of €3m.

European Parliament proposes budget increase for the future Creative Europe programme 2021-2027, and to reinforce the focus on music.

EU agrees on the introduction of a new Cluster on "Culture, creativity and inclusive society" in the next EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe 2021-2027.

European parliament approves a new culture programme with a significant budget increase and a dedicated strand for music – a first for the sector. 

 

2018 

European Commission proposes a specific focus on music as in the next EU culture programme "Creative Europe" 2021-2027 - a first. 

European parliament launches test for Europe’s first dedicated music programme – Music Moves Europe. 

EU tackles “power gap” by regulating platforms business practices

Boost for culture proposed in new EU budget

 

2017 

Launch of IMPALA Balkans Focus Group.

Divestment process with WMG reached completion, resulting in a strengthening of the independent sector.

EU Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility receives  additional €60m through the European Fund for Strategic Investments. 

 

2016  

WIN,  the Worldwide Independent Network is re-launched to boost the international independent network..

The "value gap" is recognised formally in Europe for the first time anywhere in the world.

The EU's Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility, the first EU level loan guarantee instrument for cultural and creative SMEs, launches with a budget of €120m. 

 

2015  

IMPALA celebrated its 15th anniversary with a dedicated set of initiatives including a young label spotlight FIVEUNDERFIFTEEN to shine a light on their work.

Adoption of IMPALA's Digital Action Plan.

IMPALA listed as top influencer by the Commission in Europe's online market strategy.

Apple's attempt to discriminate against independents is thwarted by united stance in Europe and across the world, improving terms for all labels, including the majors.

 

2014

Two thirds of labels signing WIN's Fair Digital Deals Declaration are European.

IMPALA launches complaint on YouTube, Merlin secures deal after platform threatens to remove independent labels' videos.

Guarantee scheme agreed to by the EU to support loans to IMPALA members and SMEs in other sectors.

 

2013 

Divestment process with WMG gets underway to move 2% market share into the independent sector.

IMPALA and Merlin announce agreement with Warner Music Group to strengthen the independent sector.

Launch of the Independent Music Publishers Forum.

 

2012

Biggest ever set of merger remedies secured - Universal ordered to divest two thirds of EMI and respect 10 year behavioural undertakings.

IMPALA takes a stance on Universal/EMI and SONY/EMI mergers.

First pan-European independent charts launched with Nielsen.
 

2011

First pan-European portal service for members on mechanical licences.

Launch of European Mercuries - IMPALA's Independent Album of the Year Award.

 

2010

Adoption of IMPALA's Action Plan for Finance, which introduces a sports style transfer fee.

Publication of IMPALA's Code of Conduct for Collecting Societies.

Launch of IMPALA's friends programme for companies working with the independent sector.

 

2009
First official cultural and creative platform launched by EU.

 

2008   

Adoption of IMPALA's Action Plan for Music including measures to secure market access and finance.

 

2007  

IMPALA signs ground-breaking deal with WMG to rebalance the market in face of increasing concentration.

IMPALA helps create Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector.

 

2006  

IMPALA wins key European judgement - SONY/BMG merger clearance annulled.

Launch of IMPALA Sales Awards.

Creation of WIN, the Worldwide Independent Network, to tackle worldwide industry issues.

 

2005 

UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions introduces a new principle of fair and equitable access.

 

2004  

First class action against Sony-BMG merger launched.

 

2002  

Agreement concluded between independents and iTunes.

VAT campaign launched for reduced VAT on music.

 

2001  

IMPALA blocks Warner and EMI's attempt to merge.

Agreement signed with Napster to license members' repertoire.

 

2000  

IMPALA is created.

 

 

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