Starting an Independent Record Label

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: July 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Independent record labels (also referred to as record companies) manage, market and publish music created by bands and solo artists that are signed to the label. The record label scouts for and recruits musical talent, and co-ordinates the recording, mixing and mastering of tracks. They also manage the design of packaging, organise the pressing, production and distribution of records, CDs, and digital downloads, handle the promotion of their artists and their music and deal with enforcement of music and video copyright.

Independent record labels are often associated with musical innovation and experimentation, and are usually run by people with significant music industry experience, who are generally artists themselves.

This profile provides information about starting up and running an independent record label. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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