NYC Edition

Access to the US Independent Market


The leading US music organisation A2IM will hold its annual conference from 5 to 9 June 2017 in New York at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center with the opening party, receptions, the A2IM Libera Awards and the Reeperbahn Festival Showcase. Every year representatives from over 350 independently owned American record labels – labels of all sizes and spanning all musical genres (Merge Records, Daptone Records, Beggars Group, Domino Records, to name just a few) – gather at this conference to develop common strategies and visions.

Following a highly successful 2016 edition, Reeperbahn Festival is once again partnering with the American Association of Independent Music’s (A2IM) to participate in A2IM's Indie Week. The Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition will take place from 5 to 8 June 2017 in Manhattan, New York City. International music industry professionals are cordially invited to join the delegation. For more information please contact us here.



2016 was the first time a delegation of music industry professionals travelled to New York under the aegis of the Reeperbahn Festival, and with the kind support of the German Foreign Office, to take advantage of this highly fertile environment and to establish and strengthen contacts in the North American music market. The Reeperbahn Festival’s participation at A2IM Indie Week also included a Reeperbahn Festival showcase event at the Gramercy Theatre.

The delegation was made up of a diverse range of label members (including Merge Records, !K7 Records, BMG Rights, DFA Records, Epitaph, INGrooves, Nettwerk Music Group, Matador Records, Minty Fresh, Secretly Label Group, Sub Pop, XL Recordings, PIAS, Daptone Records, Beggars Group, and Domino Records, for example) and associate members (such as Apple Music, Spotify, Youtube, Vevo, The Orchard, Soundcloud, Kickstarter, and Bandcamp).

The US market remains of paramount importance to anyone working in the music sector on the international level – nevertheless, accessing this market is anything but easy. With an eye to facilitating entry for music industry professionals, the Reeperbahn Festival took a proactive role in 2016 with the Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition and has been working in partnership with A2IM Indie Week ever since.






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