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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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