AIM presents Cracking the US

News: 3rd November 2010 by Louise Dodgson under Finance, Law & Music Business, Live, Music Training & Careers, Record Labels



6pm - 10pm, 1st December 2010
PRS for Music Boardroom, London

The US music market is the biggest in the world, offering a wealth of opportunities to UK independent labels and their artists.  From Vampire Weekend topping the Billboard Chart, to Adele’s Grammy Award success, to the vast amount of new British independent acts being synched to hit US TV shows, there has never been a better time for UK indies to do business across the Pond.  AIM’s next master class event will bring together international trailblazers to explain how to get a foothold in this important market.

Taking place at the PRS for Music Boardroom on 1st December 2010, the event, which is supported by UK Trade & Investment, will be divided into 3 sections:

1. International Funding
Philippa McEvoy from UK Trade & Investment and PRS for Music Foundation’s Laura Whitticase demystify international funding, outlining the wide range of support available to help you do business internationally.

2. Panel Discussion: “The Land of Opportunity”
How does the current US music market look, where is it going and what are the opportunities for UK independent labels?  Find out what does and doesn’t work in the US, the current trends and how the market differs from the UK.  UK labels and managers who have enjoyed US success join experts in digital and synchronisation licensing from the States.  Panellists include:

Pat Fulgoni – Chocolate Fireguard
Erik Sheinkop – Music Dealers
Gary McLarnan - Sparklestreet
Chair – Phil Patterson – UK Trade & Investment

3. Panel Discussion: “Touring and Showcasing”

Booking agents, showcase organisers and experienced labels discuss the opportunities for acts to showcase and tour in the US, and the things labels must consider to make a success of live activity across the pond.  Panellists include:

Caroline Reason – CAA
Una Johnston – SXSW
Chair – Crispin Parry – British Underground
More TBC…

The event will conclude with networking drinks.

The event will be held from 6-10pm on 1st December 2010 at PRS for Music Boardroom:
Copyright House, 29-33 Berners Street, W1T 3AB.

Tickets for this event are now available.  The event is open to non-members, who can register to attend at via the Events section.  Places are highly restricted.

Tickets are £15 for AIM members, £40 for non-members. Refreshments are included in the ticket price.

About AIM 
AIM is a not-for-profit trade body established in 1999 to represent the UK independent music industry. Now in its 10th year, AIM acts for over 90% of the independent market, with over 800 members from small start-ups to the largest and most respected independents in the world.   AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally, leveraging the sector’s power as a fifth major to enable its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets. 

AIM oversees an independent sector whose artists have delivered six Mercury Prize winners in the last 10 years, a figure which underlines once again the sector's continuing role and importance in launching Britain’s most ground-breaking artists. 

The independent sector regularly accounts for 30% of all UK artist album awards (silver, gold, platinum/multi-platinum). In 2009, independent albums made up half of the fifty “best albums of the year” according to the UK music press, and independents claimed seven of the top ten releases.

Artists signed to AIM member labels include: Adele, Amadou & Miriam, Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Battles, Big Pink, Bjork, Bloc Party, Bon Iver, Bring Me The Horizon, Cancer Bats, Coldcut, Enter Shikari, Fleet Foxes, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, Future of the Left, Grizzly Bear, Infadels, Jack Penate, Jarvis Cocker, Jay Sean, Jose Gonzalez, Justice, Katie Melua, Lost Prophets, M.I.A., Madness, Maximo Park, Mr. Scruff, Nitin Sawnhey, Radiohead, Reverend And The Makers, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Roots Manuva, Royksopp, Seasick Steve, Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals, The Cribs, The Futureheads, The Horrors, The Libertines, The Prodigy, The Raconteurs, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, Villagers, Wild Beasts, The XX and thousands of others.

About UK Trade & Investment

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage.

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