American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)
A2IM, launched in 2005, helps independent music labels improve business by promoting access and parity through advocacy, education and connection-building with one another and affiliated businesses. The Independent Music Sector has introduced, developed and supported nearly every new musical form which has impacted our society since the beginning of the recording industry. In the present day – perhaps more than ever – the independents are vital to the continued advancement of cultural diversity and innovation in music.
A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization with over 270 independent Label Members (which include labels for globally top-selling artists such as Adele and Taylor Swift) and over 140 globally-recognized Associate members. A2IM serves the Independent music community as a unified voice representing a sector that, according to Billboard Magazine, comprises over 34.5% of the U.S music industry’s market share, as much as 80% of the music industry’s releases, a significant portion globally. The organization represents the Independents’ interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community.
A2IM also has over 140 Associate Members, such as Apple iTunes that accounts for 63% of global digital music market according to Apple Insider with a catalog of over 26 million songs, available in 119 countries. Other Associate A2IM members include Pandora (72.4m active users), Spotify (6m paid subscribers, 24 million active users in 35 countries) and Youtube, the largest video site in the world. Other A2IM Associate members also include entities associated with global governments, such as France (BureauExport), China (China Audio Video Association) and Germany (Initiative Musik), which represent significant economies in the music sector.
Membership Information: http://www.a2im.org/about-joining/
Support Letter: http://music.us/letters/A2IM.pdf