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Ria Shah manages the Indian Music Industry E- Newsletter that goes by the name of IMT (Indian Music Talks). IMT is a part of IMI (Indian Music Industry) organization ; IMI is affiliated with IFPI and also comprises of two other important bodies under its wing namely Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) & Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS).
IMT is based out of Mumbai that serves as a mouthpiece about the Indian Music scene. The IMT Newsletter contains music business stories, interviews, reviews and coverage of events and music releases, contests, music streaming, charts and video links. This B2B monthly E- Newsletter, reaches out to more than 25,000 music & media professionals globally. This includes Music Labels head honchos and executives globally, well known Artists, Authors and Composers, Radio Stations Heads, Government Officials, Event Management Companies and other Media Professionals.
This young student of journalism is thrilled about her professional place and loves to write about the very dynamic music industry of India and its myriad issues. As someone supervising the newsletter almost singlehandedly, she has proved herself to be a quick learner with excellent networking skills with artists and industry professionals. Her passion & penchant for all things music keeps her motivated and is very serious about her newsletter's contribution to dialogue & development within the music industry.
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Indian Music Industry was established on 28th Feb 1936 as the Indian Phonographic Industry (IPI), and is Second oldest music companies' associations in the world engaged in defending, preserving and developing the rights of phonogram producers, and actively promoting and encouraging advancement of creativity and culture through sound recordings.
Rechristened Indian Music Industry (IMI) in 1994, it is a non-commercial and not for profit making organization affiliated to the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and is registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act.
IMI members includes major record companies like Saregama India Ltd. (HMV), Universal Music (India), Tips, Venus, Sony BMG Music Entertainment (India), Crescendo, Virgin Records, Magnasound, Milestone, Times Music and several other prominent national and Regional labels that represent over 75 % of the output in legitimate recordings and a wide range of musical repertoire.
Despite India's rich musical tradition; one capable generating sizeable revenue for the country in every genre the music industry has seen a decline in fortunes in the last few years. This is due to the unabated growth of piracy. Like a disease piracy has makes its ugly presence felt with every new launch or hit of music . IMI has reacted to this menace by setting up an anti-piracy operation consisting of more than 80 personnel's but despite a massive task force to counter it, piracy eludes easy treatment or even containment with alarming ease. In spit of the fact that IMI has been instrumental in conducting hundreds of anti-piracy raids spanning the length and breadth of the country, the Indian music industry has lost of over Rs. 1800 crores in the past three years.
Operating through Registered office in Kolkata, Mumbai (Administrative office), New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and several other cities and towns across India focusing on surveillance, law enforcement, and intelligence teams, IMI is now working with newer strategies and better infrastructure to reach and strike at the very roots of piracy in India.
Three Years ago IMI along with MTV, launch the first music awards in India, THE IMMIES which has been resounding success. The objectives of the award were to reward music talent.