Sounds From Spain is the platform that was created to support the internationalization of the Spanish music industry, and includes public institutions as ICEX Spain Exportation and Inversions, the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music-INAEM, and private institutions as AIE Artists Association, SGAE Foundation representatives, the Association of Music Agents-ARTE, Music Producers Spain-Promusicae and the Independent Phonographic Union – UFI .
Our main goal is to foment the internationalization of the Spanish music, and for that we organise different activities abroad such as our participation in trade fairs, events and international music festival of relevance as South by South West, Womex, MusikMesse, Pulsar etc. We have conducted successful trade missions to the USA, China, Japan, Mexico and Argentina.
The prestige of the brand SOUNDS FROM SPAIN is an important asset for companies and Spanish bands in international markets.
ICEX Spain Trade and Investment is a public corporation at the national level whose mission involves promoting the internationalisation of Spanish companies to support their competitiveness and add value to the economy as a whole, as well as attracting foreign investment to Spain. ICEX Spain Trade and Investment renders its services through a network of 31 Provincial and Regional Divisions in Spain along with almost 100 Economic and Trade Offices around the world. It also boasts 16 Business Centres worldwide, offering Spanish companies temporary infrastructure and acting as incubators for internationalisation.
The National Stage Arts and Music Institute (INAEM) is the Spanish State Secretariat for Culture entity responsible for co-ordination and developing programmes related to theatre, dance, music and the circus. Its objectives are to promote, protect and disseminate these areas, to make them known abroad ant to co-ordinate communication among the autonomous communities in these matters.
AIE is the management entity of music performers and session musicians. It is located in Spain, and has headquarters in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. It manages the intellectual property rights of music performers, pursuant to the provisions of the Copyright Act. It was created as an Association in 1987.
AIE has over 21,000 members in Spain and represents, through the performers’ international database created by AIE along with other management entities, the repertoire of over 800,000 performers, whose rights are enforced by means of periodic distribution processes. AIE has entered into 82 reciprocity agreements, currently in force, with sister societies worldwide.
The presidency of AIE Performers’ Association is the conductor and composer Luis Cobos, who is also the chairman of the Ibero Latin American Federation of Performers FILAIE, consisting of the almost all the Performers’ Associations of Latin America, Portugal and Spain. Luis Cobos is President Emeritus of The Latin Recording Academy and President of the Latin Grammy Foundation.
The SGAE Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 with the aim of developing social, support and promotional activities to disseminate the repertoire of the members of the Spanish Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers.
Its main priority is to support the more than 100,000 members of SGAE through the implementation of a strategic plan involving the fields of research, training, dissemination and promotion.
This Foundation helps creation – and, thus, authors belonging to this collecting society – undergo positive changes in the conditions in which composing, writing or creating takes place, allowing both its development in the cultural sector and cultural industries, and the contact with the audience and the society, as well as its international promotion.
The Foundation stands out among other cultural institutions for its offer of a full programme of activities and projects for authors – covering the fields of music, stage arts and audiovisual arts.
ARTE (Asociación de Representantes Técnicos del Espectáculo) is a nationwide professional organisation, founded on 24th March 1983. It is duly registered in the Ministry of the Interior’s National Associations Registry.
The association comprises 255 professionals, including managers, agents, artists’ representatives, promoters and festival directors. ARTE’s members represent almost all Spanish performers and artists as well as foreign performers and artists working in Spain.
Our members organise popular fiestas and cultural events in cities and towns throughout Spain with various Town Councils, City Halls, Fiestas/Festivals Committees and various Corporations and Local Organisations. ARTE’s members and associates organise more than 120,000 live concerts and performances each year, which are seen by 22 MILLION SPECTATORS.
ARTE is the only professional organisation on a national basis, covering live musical and artistic performances, with more than 30 years’ experience.
PROMUSICAE, Productores de Música de España, Spanish Group of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), was established in 1978 and since then is the main association of music producers in Spain. Today, PROMUSICAE has 118 members representing more than 90 per cent of national and international activity of Spanish recorded music industry, and includes all major labels as well as independent music companies, covering any music styles.
PROMUSICAE’s main goal is to represent and defend the interests of Spanish music producers before the Public Administration and other private sectors. Mission and commitment can be summarized as the dissemination of Spanish music culture in national and international markets, the encouragement of new ways of distribution to better suit the evolution of consumers’ habits and offer new possibilities to access music, or the establishment of private-public alliances regarding actions aimed at the protection and support of music creation, among others.
The Independent Phonographic Union (UFi) is the Spanish nonprofit trade association of SMEs engaged in music production, publishing and management, formed in October 2003. Currently, UFI gather over 50 partners from record labels to management and distribution companies.
Our main missions are to represent the independent phonographic production before national and international institutions and organizations, the promotion of music produced and published by independent labels, the internationalization of their companies, the training and information of our members, other professionals of the industry and society in general, the protection of copyright and intellectual property and the support of cultural diversity.
Internationally UFi is a board member of IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association) and member of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network).