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IMPALA INTERVIEW WITH MARK KITCATT (EVERLASTING RECORDS)

In this interview originally published in Music Week, IMPALA met with Spanish record label Everlasting Records founder Mark Kitcatt to discuss Guadalupe Plata winning the IMPALA European Album of the Year award, what’s in store for Everlasting Records and what it is like to run an indie label in Spain nowadays.

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CW! WELCOMES THE CLOSURE OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE REVIEW OF THE EU COPYRIGHT RULES

Creativity Works! welcomes the closure today of the European Commission’s consultation on the review of EU copyright rules. Amongst the thousands of responses received by the Commission in recent weeks are those from industries within the creative sector representing thousands of companies and millions of creators and workers from across the EU, whose businesses and livelihoods depend upon copyright and its effective protection.

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UPFI WELCOMES THE VOLUNTARY AND AMBITIOUS NATURE OF THE MEASURES REGARDING CULTURAL INDUSTRIES BUT EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF SOME PROPOSALS ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

UPFI (Union des Producteurs Phonographiques Français Indépendants) released the following press statement on the Lescure report: UPFI welcomes the voluntary and ambitious nature of the measures regarding cultural industries but expresses concerns about the direction of some proposals on the music industry.

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IMPALA ANNUAL OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD GOES TO MERLIN’S CEO CHARLES CALDAS

Charles Caldas, CEO of MERLIN (www.merlinnetwork.org) is the latest winner of the IMPALA Outstanding Contribution Award. He joins prestigious recipients such as Martin Mills and Mario Pacheco on the winners’ list of IMPALA’s annual award, which recognises the unrivaled efforts of an individual or organisation to promote and develop European independent music and the sector’s diversity.

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NIELSEN MUSIC AND IMPALA RADIO CHARTS HIGHLIGHT MOST PLAYED INDEPENDENT ARTISTS IN 2012, NEW REPORT PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON DIVERSITY OF EUROPEAN RADIO

This month Nielsen Music and IMPALA release two charts, with the overall Top 30 for 2012, and the last quarter charts highlighting the best climbers and new entries. Showcasing independent music, they feature acts from all over Europe such as Michel Telo, Youssoupha, Jose de Rico, Two Door Cinema Club, Alesso, DJ Fresh and of course Adele.

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EUROPEAN PLATFORM ON THE POTENTIAL OF CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES – A STRONG BUDGET FOR CREATIVE EUROPE

Ahead of the 7-8 February Special Summit on the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework, the European Platform on the potential of Cultural and Creative Industries (‘The Platform’) – a group of more than 40 organisations representing a wide range of cultural and creative sectors – calls on EU Member States to adopt a strong budget for ‘Creative Europe’, the 2014-2020 programme for the cultural and creative sectors.

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IMPALA OBJECTS TO EC APPROVAL OF UNIVERSAL/EMI MERGER

The independents welcome the EC’s conclusion that Universal’s power is a problem across the whole market, both digital and physical, including access to media. The Commission’s insistence on tough remedies, despite strong positioning by Universal, is also applauded, as well as its clear rejection of arguments that piracy and larger online players are restraining forces.

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SPAIN TRAMPLES EU LAW ON COPYRIGHT AND NEIGHBOURING RIGHTS, PUTTING AT RISK A MAJOR FINANCIAL RESOURCE FOR ARTISTS AND THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

At a time when the Spanish government is asking billions of Euros of solidarity to bail the country out of its financial problems, the same government is disowning its commitment under EU legislation (article 5.2.b) of Directive 2001/29/EC) to provide a system to compensate artists and the film and music industry for the private copying of audio and audiovisual works.

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MARY HONEYBALL MEP LEADS A DEBATE AT THE EP ON HOW TO GROW EUROPE’S CULTURAL SMES IN THE FACE OF INCREASING CONCENTRATION

British Labour MEP from London, Mary Honeyball, hosted a dinner in the Members’ Salon of the European Parliament Wednesday, 28 March 2012. This evening was an opportunity for key EU officials and parliamentarians, as well as EU member states’ representatives, to get a better understanding of the music sector and to exchange views on the experiences and challenges faced by of some of Europe’s most innovative entrepreneurs, and independent music companies.

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IMPALA WELCOMES REPORTS OF EUROPE RAISING SERIOUS DOUBTS ABOUT UNIVERSAL’S BID FOR EMI

As press reports circulate of findings of “serious doubts” during Europe’s initial market investigation into Universal’s proposed acquisition of its thriving competitor EMI, IMPALA welcomed the prospect of a detailed second stage investigation. This is expected to commence when the phase one deadline expires on 23rd March. It is understood that customers and other actors raised the red flag, as well as competitors such as independent music companies.

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“21” BY ADELE WINS THE IMPALA EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD

Adele’s second full-length album, “21”, has won the second IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award from a shortlist of 23 albums from across Europe, covering genres such as synth-pop (Rubik), dubstep (ModeSelektor and SBTRKT), electro (Little Dragon and M83), metal (Arrayan Path), punk rock (Hladno Pivo, Iceage, The Glockenwise) and post-rock (Sigur Ros)…

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EMI – OPPOSITION TO UNIVERSAL AND SONY MOUNTS AS REPORTS CIRCULATE OF REGULATORY FILINGS IN EUROPE

As reports circulate of regulatory filings in Europe weeks after the USA, independent music companies confirm their opposition to the proposed sale of EMI to Universal and Sony, the world’s biggest music companies. Protest is also spreading at national level, following initiatives led by independent associations such as AIM in the UK, while European body IMPALA fully expects regulators in both the USA and Europe to block the transactions outright.

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