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DDEX & A2IM Enter Into Liaison Agreement


DDEX, the international standards-setting organization dedicated to improving the exchange of data and information across the music industry, has announced it has signed a liaison agreement with A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) in acknowledgment of their shared interests in identifiers, metadata, and efficient music industry workflows. The same liaison agreements are already in place with other organisations in this sector including, the Association of Independent Music (AIM), the World Independent Network (WIN) and the Independent Music Coalition Japan (IMCJ).

From a DDEX perspective, whilst it has a handful of indie label members, teaming up with A2IM offers a mechanism to communicate more information about the work that DDEX is doing and how it affects the independent label sector. For A2IM members, it offers a route to provide any requirements for DDEX’s standards that are specific or even unique to the independent sector. 

“We are excited to be welcoming A2IM into the fold at DDEX as a liaison organisation,” said Mark Isherwood, DDEX Secretariat. “Our liaison organisations are a vital part of DDEX, providing access to music industry companies that may not wish to become members of DDEX. A2IM will be an incredibly valuable asset to our existing members and help advance DDEX standard adoption throughout the music value chain, particularly in the independent music sector.” 

“A2IM truly believes in the mission of DDEX and becoming a liaison organisation was a natural next step,” said Dr. Richard James Burgess MBE. “DDEX’s importance to the music industry ecosystem cannot be overstated and we will work alongside them to move the industry forward towards a more standardised and cost-effective data communication environment.”

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