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Indie Trade Associations Announce 'Independents Day'

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — An association of 14 indie label groups in Australia, the United States and the UK have announced plans to stage an event on July 4th to declare their "independence" from major labels.

Under the auspices of the World Independent Network (WIN), national trade bodies and their member labels in territories including USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and Brazil stage coordinated music events around the world that will include an auction and likely performances by affiliated artists.

Funds raised will be used to assist the development of independent music in emerging countries and improve business opportunities between its members, acting as a vertically integrated global network.

Items on the auction block include a Thom Yorke signed CD, an ultra-rare Interpol 7" box set, band-signed New Pornographers posters, Chris Slade drum signed sticks (AC/DC), Kim Deal-signed Breeders test pressing and Pixies posters, and a limited-edition Jacknife screen-print signed by Zach Condon aka Beirut.

Also available will be a special soundtrack bringing together some of the top names in indie music. A poll taking place in the run up will provide a definitive list of each participating country’s top ten independent albums, with the results played live around the world by partner radio stations with the definitive lineups being announced on June 9th.

US indie trade association A2IM has already elected to donate 25% of all proceeds it receives to musicians charity MusiCares. Key industry supporters already include Amazon mp3, eMusic, Ioda and Sonicbids.

Said Alison Wenham President WIN, Chairman & Chief Executive UK labels body the Association of Independent Music "Independents Day is destined to be one of the most exciting annual events in the musical calendar, and will bring together the world’s independent sector under one umbrella. It will be unique and special, a little like the independent sector itself."

Commented Peter Gordon, Vice-President WIN, President Thirsty Ear, who originated, developed and is producing the day "Independent music has for too long been a best kept secret. Independents Day will celebrate the artists and professionals who work tirelessly to preserve their local culture and enrich the lives of others. The funds raised will strengthen the global infrastructure of independent music to ensure that the sector continues to punch above its weight and thrive in the future." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers