For the past three years, Midem has partnered with four of the world’s leading independent associations – IMPALA, Merlin, WIN and IMPF  – to give the voice to the indie music scene and provide a global overview of the state of the independent music ecosystem by creating the “Global Indie Voices” programme at Midem.

This half day of panels and case studies is designed to take the pulse of the indie community today by bringing together both high-level and new generation executives to share their experiences and visions for the future of the music business.

Before taking part in Midem 2020 next June, the heads of these associations share their vision of the global indie community in a series of interviews. Next up in our series of interviews is with Pierre MOSSIAT, President of IMPF.


> Why was the creation of the Global Indie Voices at Midem important?

For IMPF it’s a great event to focus exclusively on indie publishers. Last year we were really pleased with the turn out. It seemed like everyone was there!


> How has the place and role of the indie community changed in the past years?

Having established IMPF in 2013 we are in awe of the growth rate of indie publishers everywhere and in particular in emerging markets. This has been reflected in the rapid growth of IMPF itself so as to service all of those members globally.


> How do you expect it to evolve?

IMPF recognises that not every publisher encounters the same problems and the situations are different in the US, Continental Europe, Africa, Asia, and Anglo-Saxon Europe but we will endeavour to focus on that which is experienced widely by, or common to, our broader membership.


> What are the main challenges faced by the indie community globally and how could they be resolved?

IMPF is looking at how to promote the expansion of the digital market particularly in small markets; the ongoing battle of ensuring fair shares and proper remuneration of rights holders from digital revenues and; how to bring to an end discriminatory practices so that there will be no more distinction between publishers whether indie or not, local or foreigner, writers, etc.


> In this fast-changing environment, how has the role of trade associations evolved and how have you adapted?

IMPF set itself up as a forum so as to address together the long-term sustainability of our community. Our community cannot be weakened so that others can develop new commercial services at the expense of our work, and that of our composers and authors that contribute so much to enriching the lives of people everywhere. Now, more than ever, the indie voice is strong and unified.


> Can you share a specific success story of an indie company/artist that you have been particularity excited / inspired by?

Personally I am inspired by those smaller music publishers and their artists who continue to contribute to this ever evolving world of music and who seize the opportunities despite the many obstacles. The vitality of this relationship between indie publisher and songwriter at the very personal level which we experience every day of our professional lives (and sometimes beyond ) is a big factor in our success and longevity.


This interview is part of a series of 4 interviews. Discover more about Global Indie Voices


Make sure to catch the full Global Indie Voices track at Midem, next June!


As part of the Global Indie Voices, Spotify has partnered with Midem for an exclusive workshop dedicated to independents – artists, managers, songwriters or labels and distribution companies – that will present strategies and tools to make the most out of Spotify and reach global audience. Want to attend it? Apply here!

About Author

Manon Jessua is in charge of Midem’s conference programming, specializing on international music markets. She was instrumental in giving booming new music industries a central place in the event and in the creation of the High Potential Markets Programme, which aims at helping and supporting new territories to structure and develop their local music market. In this role, she led the launch of the inaugural Midem in Latin America in Rio de Janeiro in 2018, as well as the Midem African Forum across seven countries in the continent. Graduated from France’s world-class Humanities University, SciencesPo, she has lived in Latin America, Europe and Asia, working across multiple creative industries, and is passionate about giving local artists and music genres a voice, celebrating cultural exchanges in today’s truly global culture.

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