The Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmen e.V, (VUT – Association of Independent Music Companies) represents the interests of small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) in the German music industry. Its members are made up of around 1,300 labels, publishers and distributors, as well as self-promoting artists. Overall, independent music companies account for a market share of more than 35 percent of the music recordings used. With respect to the entire German music industry, almost 60 percent of total revenue comes from independent music companies.
As an association, the VUT is committed to the interests of the independent music industry, whose core are its musicians and authors, at German, European and international level. As a service provider, the VUT offers its members a wide range of consulting, information and other services. These include membership and legal advice, education and training events, the conclusion of framework agreements and regular industry newsletters.