What we do

 
Formed in 2000 by prominent independent music companies and national trade associations, IMPALA is a non-profit making pan-European organisation with a scientific and artistic purpose, dedicated to small, micro and medium sized music companies and self releasing artists. With over 5,000 members, IMPALA has a broad ranging agenda. You can read more about our mission, what we are currently working on and our milestones below, as well as more detail and accompanying documents on specific priorities on our resources page.

Mission

IMPALA’s mission is to grow the independent music sector sustainably, return more value to artists, promote diversity and entrepreneurship, improve political access and increase access to finance.

Grow the independent sector

Promoting growth is about maximising all commercial opportunities, delivering a proper regulatory framework, with improved market access, better finance, true diversity and greener business practices. Our goal is not just a level playing field, but also a premium for independent music.

Return more value to artists

Removing all barriers to licensing online and off-line is vital. Closing these “value gaps” is important as they transfer value away from all creators. Returning value to artists also means full transparency, proper reporting and revenue sharing.

Promote diversity and entrepreneurship

By discovering and releasing the most innovative artists, our members play a key role in developing the cultural landscape and delivering choice for artists and fans. We seek an economic and regulatory environment that promotes this work and also actively fosters diverse and inclusive entrepreneurship. We also promote the right conditions to reduce our carbon footprint and tackle climate emergency.

Improve political access

We help smaller businesses to work together to match the influence of larger companies and make themselves visible at political level. IMPALA provides an active single voice for the independent sector.

Inspire change

By broadening the agenda and offering new solutions, IMPALA is a sector leader and aims to inspire decision makers to improve conditions for cultural SMEs, achieve inclusion and diversity, promote sustainable and green economic growth and unlock future investment.

Increase access to finance

To maximise the full potential of Europe’s cultural and creative SMEs, we call for a new financial approach to culture. Investment in culture would increase if fiscal and other incentives were promoted. Reduced VAT rates on cultural goods and services, loan guarantee schemes, tax credits and valuation of intangible assets are key tools. Ending double taxation is also crucial.

Find out more about IMPALA’s achievements under milestones. 

What we are currently working on

IMPALA enables the independents to leverage their collective strength with credibility and experience.

IMPALA’s actions include:

Milestones

To see what has been achieved, read our IMPALA’s milestones here.

Resources

For more detail and accompanying documents on specific priorities click here.

IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association

Coudenberg 70, 1000, Brussels, BELGIUM

+32 2 503 31 38

info@impalamusic.org