AFIM is the Association for Independent Music. It was founded
in 1972 as NAIRD (the National Association of Record Distributors
and Manufacturers) to bring the independent music community (i.e.,
independent labels, distributors, wholesalers, producers, artists,
retailers, and virtually anyone doing business in the independent
music industry) together through shared information and education.
Our mission is to make sure that independents continue to thrive
The Recording Industry Association
of America (RIAA) is the trade
group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its mission
is to foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes
our members' creative and financial vitality. Its members are the
record companies that comprise the most vibrant national music
industry in the world. RIAA members create, manufacture and/or
distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound recordings
produced and sold in the United States.