Pan-European indie label trade body IMPALA held its AGM at Berlin Music Week last weekend, which included the election of the organisation’s board for the next two years.
The key appointments made by that election were Jonas Sjöström, who represents three organisations on the board (Playground Music Scandinavia, Edel and Swedish trade association SOM) to the role President; Kees van Weejen, who represents Rough Trade Distribution Benelux and Dutch association STOMP, to the role of Chairman; and Geert De Blaere, who represents Belgian association BIMA, and who was re-elected as Treasurer.
Referencing the previously reported agreement between IMPALA, digital rights agency Merlin and Warner Music regarding opportunities to exploit the Parlophone catalogue that the mini-major acquire earlier this year, IMPALA’s Executive Chair Helen Smith welcomed the new appointments and looked ahead at the year to come.
She told CMU: “The independent sector is entering a new era. The significant market share uplift created under the agreement that IMPALA has concluded with Warner Music and Merlin is just one example of the changes taking place. With Jonas, Kees and Geert leading the IMPALA Board, our aim is to ensure that the whole sector can capitalise on this and other new opportunities coming our way”.
The full list of labels and trade bodies elected to the IMPALA board are as follows:
!K7 (represented by Horst Weidenmüller)
8Ball Music (represented by Robin Van Beek)
AIM (represented by Alison Wenham)
Beggars Group (represented by Martin Mills)
BIMA (represented by Geert de Blaere)
Cooking Vinyl (represented by Martin Goldschmidt)
Cosmos Music Group (represented by Fredrik Ekander)
Edel (represented by Jonas Sjöström)
Everlasting Records (represented by Mark Kitcatt)
Epitaph (represented by Roger Dorresteijn)
Fono (represented by Larry Bringsjord)
IndieCo (represented by Tapio Korjus)
Kobalt Music (represented by Johan Ekelund)
Naïve (represented by Patrick Zelnik)
[PIAS] Entertainment Group (represented by Michel Lambot)
Playground Music Scandinavia (represented by Jonas Sjöström)
PMI (represented by Francesca Trainini)
Rough Trade Benelux (represented by Kees Van Weijen)
SOM (represented by Jonas Sjöström)
STOMP (represented by Kees Van Weijen)
UFI (represented by Noemi Planas)
UPFI (represented by Jérôme Roger)
VUT (represented by Christof Ellinghaus)
Wagram (represented by Stephan Bourdoiseau)