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COP28 UN Climate Conference, which will take place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023, is set to focus on advocating for a just, orderly, and equitable energy transition, examining climate finance, putting nature, lives, and livelihoods at the heart of climate action. The just energy transition will be a key topic, aiming to ensure that the transition to a low-carbon economy is leaving no one behind.
 
In the light of this, IMPALA is using this global event to highlight best-practice examples within our membership and inspire more of our members to use the freely available 
IMPALA Carbon Calculator supported by Merlin and powered by Julie's Bicycle. These testimonials are featured in our first Carbon Calculator Report, you can find the full report here.
 
IMPALA supports their members by providing customised and freely available resources, including guidance on 
Climate Investment (prioritising targeted financial contribution over offsets), voluntary climate declarationguidance for members and more.
 
We also invite other stakeholders in the music industry value chain to collaborate with IMPALA in achieving efficiencies and meaningful change through organised cooperation. A great example of music industry cooperation is the 
Music Climate Pact, initiated by the UK AIM and the BPI.
 
Horst Weidenmüller, CEO and founder of !K7 Music and Chair of IMPALA's Sustainability Task Force highlighted the benefits of sustainability initiatives within individual companies, stating that: "We count on COP to produce concrete results and support sector transition as sustainability is something that should be central to all companies. Having sustainability initiatives in place is making us take responsibility for the climate crisis and is proving to be the right business decision as more and more employees look to be part of a responsible working environment."
 
It is also crucial to recognise the importance that creative and cultural industries can play in undertaking climate action and acting as a catalyst for broader social change. IMPALA supports the Climate Heritage Network, uniting to call for climate negotiators at COP28 to put cultural heritage, arts and creative industries at the heart of climate action. Discover more about it 
here. We also support the work and ambition of Music Declares Emergency, harnessing the power of music for impactful climate action.
 
Alison Tickell, JB Founder commented"We need everyone from across the cultural landscape to unite and support this campaign – from artists, galleries and museums to designers and the film and fashion industries – we need organisations and individuals from every sector across the world to add their voice!"
 
It is great to know that the European Union is taking action on climate topics and is aiming to become the first climate-neutral continent, as underpinned by the European Green Deal and reinforced by the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and the Nature Restoration Law.
 
Helen Smith, IMPALA's Executive Chair commented: "We welcome COP's focus on a just transition and underline the role of culture in achieving this. We look towards the EU to boost Europe's transition to clean energy sources like hydrogen, which needs to be made available at scale and to different industries, leaving no one behind. This should include the creative and cultural industries, which play an important role in the EU's economy and have a great societal influence."
 
In the last year's 
COP statement, IMPALA invited its members to join the #WeMeasureTogether campaign, underlining the power of culture as a catalyst to boost collective action. To further promote collaboration within our membership and facilitate knowledge-transfer, IMPALA is organising a peer-to-peer session for IMPALA Carbon Calculator users in January, IMPALA members can reach out to krogozar@impalamusic.org for more information.
 
Some testimonials from users of IMPALA's Carbon Calculator:
 
Louise Sizer, Sustainability Team [PIAS] , UK: "At [PIAS] we are dedicated to reducing our impact on the planet – from within each of our offices around the globe to across our entire distribution network. Working out our current carbon footprint in the UK was the first step to set ourselves a measurable, realistic target to work towards. IMPALA's Carbon Calculator has been essential in helping us do this. The tool was easy to use and we were grateful for the support from the Julie's Bicycle team throughout the process. Now we have our total figure for last year, we've been able to assess each area of the company and use the data to spur staff to action."
 
Kristoffer Rom, Tambourhinoceros, Denmark: "IMPALA's Carbon Calculator is a powerful yet simple to use tool that's quickly become our main source of sustainability analysis. We do yearly reporting, which only takes a couple of hours, and has enabled us to see our performance in reducing emissions and identify areas to improve. We included our footprint in our newsletter as we want to be transparent and share our values with our community. We've had very positive feedback from artists and followers alike."
 
Ionut Polexe, Roton Music, Romania: "We have been using the Carbon Calculator for a while now, and I must say it has been a game-changer in our sustainability journey. The tool's user friendly interface made it incredibly easy for us to calculate our carbon footprint accurately. Submitting our footprint not only gave us a clear understanding of our environmental impact but also empowered us to make informed choices and actively reduce our carbon emissions."
 
Anna Johnson, Anjunabeats, UK: "IMPALA's Carbon Calculator simplifies carbon emissions accounting. It also generates reports, which provide top-line insight as to where to focus reduction efforts. Crucially, the initiative supports increased label industry alignment around our shared sustainability challenges."
 
Mats Hammerman, Massproduktion, Sweden: "I tried the Calculator for my small label and found it easy to use. The most interesting aspect was to get an instant summary of your Carbon footprint and I was somewhat surprised that my CD and vinyl print was such a big source of emissions. I had already taken steps to use paper covers instead of plastic jewelcases for CDs but this showed that I need to do more, especially when it comes to vinyl and transports. It also raised some thoughts when I got to the "Beyond Carbon'' page where questions appeared that you maybe have not thought of or maybe needed a small reminder. It was also good to easily compare years with each other and how the imprint changes. I found it very inspirational and will use it as a checklist as something to help me make good decisions ahead."
 
Dutch Van Spall, Big Help Music, UK: "Big Help Music is fortunate to have its own production facilities. Designed and built by a sustainable buildings team - STRAWHOUSE STUDIO is a unique 'zero carbon' structure that supports the biodiversity of the environment whilst operating at a 'low carbon' level due to its high insulation construction and renewable and off-grid energy supply. We were confident that the IMPALA Calculator would result in a low carbon score, however, we were surprised to discover this was in contrast to higher than expected operating emissions. It demonstrated that some of our assumptions were wrong and has informed and shaped changes in working practice and reinforced our policy to influence client and visitor behaviour."
 
Find out more about IMPALA members who contributed to the build of the Carbon Calculator 
here and some of the actions undertaken by our members here.
 

04 Mar 2024 | Press release

New programme brings together music educators to discuss careers and trends in the music business

The Pathways Into Music Foundation is launching a new professional development programme to help music educators across the UK better support young people who want to pursue a career in music - whether as music-makers or in an industry role.Enabled...more

03 Mar 2024 | Press release

The BRIT Awards 2024 - back again in a primetime Saturday night slot

RAYE beats BRITs record for most wins in one night - taking away SIX awards - having broken the record for highest number of nominations in any one year Award wins for boygenius, Bring Me The Horizon, Calvin Harris, CASISDEAD, Chase & Status,...more

03 Mar 2024 | Press release

East London music festival Shake the High Road returns to Leytonstone on Saturday 4 May 2024

  The line-up boasts 20+ live artists and DJs, plus a series of talks and interviews. Featuring all-day live music and more, across five venues within a few minutes walk from each other. Line-up so far includes Nathan Fake, Deptford Northern Soul Club,...more

01 Mar 2024 | Press release

IDOL Inks Two North American Deals, Appoints US Label Manager

Expands agreement with New York’s Le Plan Recordings to service full roster, Caravan Palace album out Friday Signs new North Carolina label, Old Soul MusicAppoints US Label Manager to support growing North American repertoire Independent digital distributor and A&L services company, IDOL...more

01 Mar 2024 | Press release

2024 Artist & Manager Awards returns to the Bloomsbury Big Top on Thursday 21 November

The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and the Music Managers Forum (MMF) are delighted to reveal that our annual awards ceremony, the Artist & Manager Awards, returns to London’s Bloomsbury Big Top on Thursday 21st November 2024.  The prestigious event celebrates both...more

01 Mar 2024 | Press release

UMPG statement on TikTok

  TikTok is removing UMPG songs because there is no license in place. As you may have heard, to date, they have not agreed to recognize the fair value of your songs, which so many other digital partners around the world have done.  As we previously addressed in our open letter, in...more

01 Mar 2024 |

The Official Singles Chart - what should its future be?

For years now, the Official Singles Chart has been something of an unhappy compromise. Now in 2024, it’s in real danger of finally creaking into oblivion, weighed down by the sheer number of bolt-on changes and rule tweaks that it’s...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Streaming and vinyl propels UK music business to new all-time high

Annualised revenue exceeds 2001 record   Booming streaming subscriptions and sales of vinyl albums have propelled UK recorded music revenues to an all-time-high of over £2,223m. The new high was achieved in the chart week ended Friday 23 February, according to numbers calculated...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Alternative Songs announce raft of new deals

Key New Signings Under Various Artists/Stellar Songs Joint Venture Unveiled Glen Roberts, RNDM BEATS, DeijuVHS & Ed Cosens to Spearhead New Roster   Alternative Songs, a joint venture between international artist management company Various Artists and Stellar Songs, the music publishing division of...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Damaris Rex-Taylor promoted to Managing Director at RCA Records UK

  Sony Music UK has today announced that Damaris Rex-Taylor has been promoted to Managing Director at RCA Records UK.   Damaris has worked across the music industry in both independent and major labels as well as in media and artist management. With...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Manchester to host 2024 MTV EMAs

MTV today confirmed that the 2024 MTV EMAs will take place in Manchester, UK. Now in its 30th year, this is the first time ever that music’s biggest global celebration will be staged in the city, and also marks its...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Steve Heap sets retirement date, hands AFO operation to AIF

AIF and AFO will represent combined membership of over 200 festivals Steve Heap will retire from his position as General Secretary of the Association of Festival Organisers on April 2 2024, handing over the operation to John Rostron and the team...more

29 Feb 2024 | Press release

Experience Commerce Platform Easol Officially Expands to North America with Opening of New York Office

All In One Platform For Managing Experiences Behind Afro Nation, Wanderlust, Rapha & More Experience commerce platform Easol has launched its first US office. The space, in Williamsburg, New York, will serve as a home for the platform’s growing North American...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

UK’s leading agency for bespoke vinyl packaging, Key Production, eyes EU markets with expansion

  The UK’s no.1 bespoke design and packaging agency for vinyl, CD, cassette and DVD now offering services for European labels  Expansion allows the award-winning company to explore new markets New division offers European labels access to Key Production’s whole supply chain of...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

Believe UK signs global partnership with Bella Union

Includes new Bella Union releases and select catalogue.  Deal 'signals sea change away from licensing model of the past'.   The UK office of Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies, has signed a long-term, global label solutions deal with Bella...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

Bella Figura Music make two key hires

Billy Millar appointed Senior Vice President of CreativeChris Presland named Catalogue Project Manager Bella Figura Music, the independent creative music rights company founded by Alexi Cory-Smith and Neelesh Prabhu in 2022, has announced two key appointments. The company , which since launch...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

UK Music Calls On Chancellor To Slash VAT To Throw Industry A "Vital Lifeline" And Help Save Closure-Threatened Venues

UK Music, the collective voice of the UK music industry, has urged Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to slash VAT in the Budget to throw the sector a "vital lifeline" and help save closure-threatened venues. UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl called...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

The BRIT Awards 2024 with Mastercard reveals another winner ahead of main show this coming Saturday

RAYE announced as recipient of BRITs Songwriter of the Year award - after breaking BRITs record as most nominated artist in any one year   With only days to go until the biggest night in UK music, The BRIT Awards 2024 with Mastercard today...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

French Montana Dives into Generative Music on "Ride the Wave"

Rapper and hitmaker collabs with SOUNDRAW's unique AI platform to create the beat for a new single from his latest album. French Montana has worked with SOUNDRAW to craft his new single, "Ride the Wave," demonstrating how artists and producers can...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

Bucks Music Group forms JV with veteran Eddie Levy for Chelsea Songs

The new independent publisher launches with Bill Withers and Andre Rieu catalogues for the UK.   Music publishing veteran Eddie Levy has launched new independent company Chelsea Songs as a joint venture with Bucks Music Group. The new publisher represents the catalogues of...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

Leading Women in the UK Music Industry unite to combat gender-based violence and poverty worldwide

Industry-wide collaboration aims to empower women across the globe.    In a powerful demonstration of solidarity and action, a group of distinguished leading women within the UK music industry convened on 27February with global women’s rights organisation, The Circle. Together, they stood...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

ASCAP Delivers Record-Breaking Financial Results

ASCAP Delivers Record-Breaking Financial Results With $1.737 Billion In Revenues, Up 14.1% From The Prior Year;   Welcomes New Members Including Jack Antonoff, PinkPantheress, Jared Leto & Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars, and Tyla The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers...more

28 Feb 2024 | Press release

BMG promotes Marian Wolf to lead publishing in North America

  BMG has announced it has promoted longtime publishing executive Marian Wolf to lead its Publishing teams in North America. Now serving as Senior Vice President, Music Publishing, North America, Wolf will head BMG’s single largest business unit from Los Angeles,...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

"No climate action without us"

Attitude is Everything, Julie’s Bicycle and A Greener Future publish new toolkit on how to make disabled people’s access to live events environmentally sustainable   Key headlines:In summer 2023, Julie’s Bicycle surveyed disabled people about access and environmental sustainability at live events...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

IMPALA invites Apple to discuss alternatives to coupling spatial and royalties

  Over the last few weeks, IMPALA has been gathering views on Apple’s proposal to apply a 10% stream rate uplift for music available in spatial audio, in a move which will have negative consequences for parts of the industry, particularly...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

Riot Noise launches “social enterprise for artists”

New Initiative Unveiled by Industry Veterans Ronnie Traynor, Nicky Maciocia and Ben Johnson Cassyette, Yonaka and Gateway Girl First Beneficiaries of Development Fund   A new initiative aimed at providing opportunities for emerging artists through funding, artist development programmes and ongoing industry expertise...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

Licensable music marketplace Wavetick launches with industry-leading sales shares for creators and instant payouts

  Former Splice employee, Sample Magic Founder, artist and producer Sharooz Raoofi is disrupting the landscape with this super-creator-friendly proposition. Made by music-makers, Wavetick is creator-friendly and enables utilisation of a mass of undiscovered, unplayed, unused music, and unpaid makers. The platform's unique...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

SEVENTEEN's FML announced by IFPI as biggest-selling Global Album of the Year

IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has announced SEVENTEEN's FML as the winner of the IFPI Global Album Award for 2023. The IFPI Global Album Award is calculated according to an album's worldwide sales across streaming, download and physical...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

First exhibition to document 500 years of Black music in Britain opens at the British Library this spring

Beyond the Bassline (26 April – 26 August 2024) is the first major exhibition to document 500 years of Black music in Britain Events with Joan Armatrading, Eddy Grant and No Signal confirmed with more to be revealed New works by Touching Bass, Jukebox Collective,...more

27 Feb 2024 | Press release

The BRITs outlines all-round commitment to positive environmental impact

Partnership with NO MUSIC ON A DEAD PLANET  - the first ever awards to partner with a climate campaign  - launching Music Declares Emergency's public call to action New and continuing partnerships for 2024 including: Julie's Bicycle, Life Water, Heard, Eco-Age, Lowr, Inspired Efficiency,...more

04 Mar 2024

  • BRITs 2024 (see News, Comment, Features, Showbiz)

  • Why don’t the BRITs value songwriters? (see Opinion)

  • The music industry’s over-reliance on TikTok shows how lazy it has become (see Comment)

01 Mar 2024

  • How could the Official Singles Chart be improved? (see Comment) 

  • Universal Music Publishing on TikTok: "Every indication is that they simply do not value your music" (see Comment)

29 Feb 2024

  • UMG/TikTok talks stumble over money, copyright and use of AI (see News)

  • ERA reports streaming and vinyl propels UK music business to new all-time high (see Reports)

28 Feb 2024

  • British pop is slowly dying and all hope now rests with one band (see Opinion)

  • Spotify paid out nearly $4.5bn to independent rights holders in 2023 (see Digital)

27 Feb 2024

  • A glimpse into post-entertainment society... it's not pretty (see Opinion)

  • TikTok claims UMG catalogue, including publishing, is ‘approximately 30% of popular music on our platform’ (see Digital)

26 Feb 2024

  • Grassroots events are going under. That’s bad news for our cultural ecosystem (see Features)

23 Feb 2024

  • Apple reveals new details about Spotify’s business as possible EU fine nears (see Digital)

  • MU: Government announces Equitable Remuneration Working Group dominated by labels (see News)

  • Jeff Smith talks about Radio 2's ongoing commitment to new music (see Media)

22 Feb 2024

  • Spotify launches in-house music advisory agency for brands (see Digital)

  • How K-Pop took over the global charts in 2023 (see Reports)

21 Feb 2024

  • Universal Music Group acquires minority stake in Chord Music Partners (see Business)

20 Feb 2024

  • Why labels need to redefine their purpose and refresh their measures of success (see Opinion)

  • IPO publishs its research findings into possible intervention models in streaming; BPI responds (see News)

  • Hipgnosis Songs Fund launches High Court claim against investment adviser and former CEO (see Business)