Unique in the history of the global music industry, WIN (the Worldwide Independent Network) is a representative organization exclusively for the worldwide independent music community. It was founded in July 2006 in response to business, creative and market access issues faced by the independent sector everywhere.
For independent music companies and their national trade associations worldwide, WIN is a collective voice and platform. When appropriate it also acts as an advocate, instigator and facilitator for its continually growing membership. WIN is also a focal point for collecting and sharing knowledge about the indie sector at national and international levels. WIN takes its direction from the WIN Board of leading independent music company heads from all the key markets around the world.
WIN’s membership stretches across every continent, with trade associations in all the well-developed legitimate music markets taking a particularly active role – including AIM (UK), A2IM (USA), AIR (Australia), CIMA (Canada), VUT (Germany), IMNZ (New Zealand) , UFI (Spain); IMICHILE (Chile), ABMI (Brazil) – and IMPALA representing the whole of Europe.
WIN’s priorities are set by the global membership, and included the creation of Merlin, the world’s first independent global new media rights licensing agency.
WIN Secretariat staff are: WIN Chairman and CEO Alison Wenham; Director of Legal and Commercial Affairs Charlie Phillips, and Membership & Territory Development Coordinator Henriette Heimdal.