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Profile of registrant

IMPALA Association Internationale AISBL

Identification number in the register: 12383069253-19
Registration date: 16/08/12 11:46:25

The information on this organisation was last modified on 22/07/14 16:14:07
The date of the last annual update was 22/07/14 16:14:07

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: IMPALA Association Internationale AISBL
Acronym: IMPALA
Legal status: AISBL
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mrs  Helen Smith
Position: Executive Chair

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Matthieu Philibert
Position: Public Affairs Manager

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 70 Coudenberg 
Bruxelles 1000
Telephone number: (+32) 25033138
Fax number: (+32) 25032391
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: IMPALA represents 4,000 independent music companies and national associations across Europe.

As far as we are aware, IMPALA is the only organisation in Brussels wholly dedicated to representing cultural and creative SMEs and promoting their growth and competitiveness in the interests of entrepreneurial and cultural diversity.

Known as “independents” in the music sector, music SMEs are world leaders in terms of innovation and discovering new music and artists - they produce more than 80% of all new releases in Europe today. They are also key employers, providing more than 80% of jobs in the sector in Europe.

IMPALA's mission is to grow the independent music sector, promote cultural diversity and cultural entrepreneurship, improve political access and modernise the perception of the music industry.

. Grow the independent music sector
Market concentration reduces commercial opportunity and cultural diversity. Reversal of this trend is vital to close the gap between the majors and the independents. We can only grow through proper regulatory support, market access, real finance, collective action and promotion of independent music.

. Promote cultural diversity and entrepreneurship
Music is an excellent example of the world's cultural diversity, and independents have always been at the forefront of promoting this. The economic and regulatory environment must actively foster cultural entrepreneurship and economic diversity.

. Improve political access
Smaller businesses do not have the influence of larger companies and often lose out at political level. IMPALA corrects this imbalance as an active single voice for the independent sector.

. Modernise the perception of the music industry
By broadening the agenda and offering new solutions to long standing issues, IMPALA aims to promote independent music, inspire decision-makers to fulfil their new promises to cultural SMEs and open doors to future investment.

IMPALA’s aims and challenges are to:
- Promote independent music in the interests of cultural diversity;
- Assess market access conditions in the music sector;
- Review the impact of antitrust rules on competition, consumer choice and industry concentration;
- Highlight discrimination against small companies by large ones, from inside and outside the music industry;
- Examine which specific financial support mechanisms are required for the independent music industry;
- Adopt international trade measures which contribute to upholding cultural diversity;
- Promote strong but fair copyright protection to fight against unauthorised and illegitimate use of artists works;
- Provide promotional, business intelligence and other information and research services to members;
- Promote the vital role of music and micro, small and medium sized enterprises in driving Europe's knowledge and innovation economies;
- Function as a network for members and national associations to enhance cultural and artistic diversity;
- Look at possible positive discrimination measures for cultural SMEs;
- The interests of the "independents" are in many respects different to those of the “majors”: this needs to be recognised, and appropriate actions need to be taken;
- Study what an effective and properly funded music programme at a European institutional level would consist of;
- Research access by independents to emerging markets including the online market place;
- Study collective licensing;
- Examine easier access to capital and grants available under EU cultural and R&D programmes;
- Research and defend the principle of adequate copyright protection;
- Study what is required for a level playing field and fair competition;
- Promote the innovative and artistic role of the independents.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Matthieu Philibert 30/07/14 28/07/15
Antoine Van Lierde 30/07/14 28/07/15
Helen Smith 30/07/14 28/07/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

- Proposed Regulation establishing the Creative Europe Programme
- Proposed Directive on Collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses in the internal market
- EP report on private copying
- EU copyright policy

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Budget
  • Communication
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Culture
  • Customs
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Enterprise
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Regional Policy
  • Taxation
  • Trade


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

-IMPALA is board member of the European Platform on Cultural and Creative Industries, launched by the European Commission's DG EAC in the framework of the structured dialogue with the cultural and creative sectors.
- IMPALA is also a member of the informal 'Creativity Works' coalition of like-minded organisations, federations and associations from the European cultural and creative sectors (

Financial data

Financial year: 07/2013 - 06/2014
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.