The CIMS 20th year celebration and convention was last week in New Orleans and it was a major success. I was struck, as I always am, at the passion and intelligence of this group, which was formed all those years ago to give the indie record store a voice in our industry. Over the years this concept blossomed and took root, resulting in other great coalitions and in the formation of Record Store Day. Several of our industry partners commented during their presentations to the group that CIMS changed the music industry. That our programming influenced the way labels work with all of retail and that our initiatives have helped shaped the dialogue on many important issues. Those are no small things and I’m proud of all we’ve contributed and accomplished over the years.
CIMS is a tight group of some of the best record stores in the country and the core has remained strong, but we continue to evolve and welcome new players to into the organization. That indeed is one of our strengths—we’ve lost some members over the years that we miss, but we welcome our new members who bring their own perspectives and contributions to the group. Congratulations to all CIMS member stores for reaching this momentous milestone. Twenty years!
As usual, our convention would not be possible without the participation of our partners in the industry. This year I want to give a special shout out to a few partners who went above and beyond by providing artists to play for the group and great food and drink. So, in order of appearance, I want to thank:
RED Distribution’s Alex Brody, Bob Morelli, Terry McGibbbon, Mary Ashley Johnson, and Tony Bruno and Thirty Tigers’ Bob Goldstone for the Lucinda Williams/Buick 6 private show. And also the police escort and the second line band.
Thanks to ADA’s Scott Bergman and WEA’s Billy Fields, Damon Valentino, Charlie Springer, Robert Turner, and Adam Abramson for an entire night of great music (listed below) and great swag! Also a huge thanks to Kathy Kane from Red Wing Records for bringing in Bonnie Raitt.
Alex Ashkenes and Glen Dicker at Red Eye Distribution and Yep Rock for Minus 5.
Nancy Tovar and Shelby Sandlin at Mexican Summer for Tamaryn.
Donna Ross and Amy Dietz from Ingrooves for the love, support and beer.
Dave Pak from The Orchard for the champagne.
Included in the ADA showcase were artists from the following labels:
Nabil Ayers at 4AD and Beggers Group- US Girls
Pat Riley and Domino-Martin Courtney
Nick Turner and Dean Whitmore and SubPop-Father John Misty
Tommy Robinson and New West- Ben Folds
Chris Muratore at Buzz Angle/ Border City Media, for the support (and lunch).
Ken Glaser, Wes Lowe, Pip Smith, and Jocelynn Pryor at AEC/Amped for their continued support (and lunch).
Also, a special shout out to Kathy Bauer at Secretly Canadian Distribution for all the support.
And thank you also to all the label reps for making the effort on our behalf. The entire membership appreciated it!
Finally, a special thanks to everyone who attended that was either a former CIMS employee, CIMS store owner, or an industry supporter. I can’t tell you how special you all made the event. And if I’ve forgotten anyone, please forgive me.
Coalition of Independent Music Stores
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
208.343.0107 x3 office