AIM Statement Regarding Warner/EMI And Ministry Of Sound Resignation From AIM
Following IMPALA's decision to back Warner's bid for EMI, Ministry of Sound have tendered their resignation from the Association of Independent Music (AIM). The following statement is from Alison Wenham, chairman and chief executive AIM, and president, World Independent Network. No further comments will be made on this matter.
"AIM represents the interests of nearly 1,000 UK music companies, large and small. One of our primary roles is to positively influence the behavior of the market for our members.
"The IMPALA agreement with Warner, we believe, achieves this through legally binding market remedies. We have always been consistent and openly public, with the support of our board and our members, that without remedies, including in the compilations market, we would oppose the mergers; and until now, no remedies have been secured to enable the independent sector to be reinvigorated.
"AIM has had representation on the IMPALA board and has participated in and supported its democratic mergers decisions, including opposing SonyBMG, which continues unaffected by this agreement, and not opposing Warner, in what is perceived as the best commercial interests of the European independent community.
"As is entirely to be expected in a democratic organization, not everyone will always agree with positions which are taken on the issues affecting the market, and all companies are entirely at liberty to exercise their own views in whichever way they choose. Nothing has ever prevented others from taking their own position in respect of Warner EMI, or any other music industry merger in front of the Commission over the past seven years.
"We welcome the public debate about the deleterious effect which unregulated mergers have had on our sector over many years, and which we believe this agreement moderates to some extent. Without IMPALA's existence, the independent sector would have been powerless to achieve any remedies or challenge the consolidation in the industry. A strong independent sector is vital to the health of the industry overall, and IMPALA continues to challenge other mergers without the necessary market remedies, to achieve this goal." Alison Wenham, chairman and chief executive AIM, and president, World Independent Network.
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