Indie & Retail Briefs: The Orchard to Distribute Triple Crown Records, Early Home of Brand New

The Orchard has signed indie rock label Triple Crown Records to a physical and digital distribution deal.

Triple Crown’s catalog includes Brand New, Caspian, the Dear Hunter, As Tall As Lions, The Receiving End Sirens, Kevin Devine, while the label has new releases from artists like Smidley and Free Throw, and other current roster artists like Sorority Noise, A Will Away and Foxing on tour this fall.

“Since launching the career Brand New, Fred and Triple Crown Records have built an enduring music culture and loyal fan base that has stood the test time,” The Orchard's senior vp  product development Alan Becker said in a statement. “In its 20th year, the label continues to sign uncompromising acts that appeal to critics and fans alike. With The Orchard’s expanded services and manpower, we look forward to helping the Triple Crown team reach a wider global audience.”

In fact, Triple Crown, which was founded by former Prile Records executive Fred Feldman in 1997, was recently named small indie label the year award at A2IM’s Libera awards in June. 

“2017 is our 20th anniversary, which is crazy,” Feldman said in a statement “We are very excited about our upcoming release schedule with some established Triple Crown acts as well as new artists we are thrilled to introduce. The Orchard team puts us in the best position to expose Triple Crown and our artists worldwide.”

In other indie news:

IMPALA, the European independent trade label group, announced three new board members and its new leadership team at its annual meeting in Hamburg on Sept. 22. Mark Kitcatt Everlasting Records in Spain was elected as the new chair the organization; with Kees van Weijen, representing Dutch association STOMP, serving as president; Belgian association BIMA representative Geert De Blaere re-elected as treasurer; and with Helen Smith continuing as executive chair.

In a statement, van Weijen said one Impala’s main tasks is helping to close “the value gap and the power gap. These are hot topics at the moment with Europe leading the way.

Independent labels have been pulling together to make sure they get a fair shake in the digital economy, just like the major labels. Closing the value gap will “guarantee the independent sector’s ability to finance new talent,” De Blaere  added in a statement. 

The organization’s management board added two new members, Noemí Planas, representing Spanish association UFI; and Jörg Heidemann for German association VUT. They join continuing management board members Beggars Group’s Martin Mills and PIAS Music Group’s Michel Lambot, and Francesca Trainini PMI, the Italian association.

In other moves, three new members were appointed to the organization's overall board directors, Lampshade Media, Kobalt Music Recordings and Sugar Music. For full details on the board, see: http://www.impalamusic.org/node/15

“We will see a lot change in Europe over the next two years. Mark, Kees and Geert will do a great job steering the ship and with Noemi and Jörg joining the management board team, we are in excellent shape,” Smith said in a statement. “Our new Board members Lampshade Media, Kobalt Music Recordings, and Sugar Music will also bring a lot to the table.”

The Music Business Assn. is gearing up for its next annual convention to be held from May 14-17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville. As such, they are sending a call out to the industry for those who want to make presentations or speak on the panels at the convention.  Those wishing to submit should consider relevance to the issues facing the music and entertainment industry, and also when applicable, providing research and case studies that have practical implication to the convention’s audience. Topics and issues expected to be discussed at the convention include; Artists, Labels & Brands; Blockchain & Metadata; Copyright Reform; Direct-to-Fan; DIY; Financial Literacy & Planning; Global Expansion; Live Music Events; Marketing & Public Relations; Merchandising Management; Physical Retail; Playlisting; Pressional Development; Public Relations; Publishing; Radio; Royalty Collection; Sync; Social Media and Songwriting.

Submissions must be received by end day Nov. 10, and should be sent to nicole.hennessey@musicbiz.org. For more details, click here.The announcement further notes that no fees, nor Music Biz Membership are required, to submit proposals; and that sales-ptich-oriented presentation will not be considered.