:: A Modern Music Label Where Artists Burn Their Own Path

The Skinny

Independent Ear (IE) is a full-service music label/publishing house dedicated to disrupting the status quo inside of the music industry, through an artist-driven model, providing traditional music label services in conjunction with non-traditional methods of marketing.

Independent Ear (currently valued at $1.1M) was formed in 2011 in Northern Illinois (Rockford, IL).  As of April 2014, became incorporated as Independent Ear, Inc and in December of 2017, via a unanimous donation by all IE shareholders, was acquired by the nonprofit Notes to the Soul, Inc.

What Its About

Independent Ear (currently valued at $1.1M) was formed in 2011 in Northern Illinois (Rockford, IL).  As of April 2014, became incorporated as Independent Ear, Inc and in December of 2017, via a unanimous donation by all IE shareholders, was acquired by the nonprofit Notes to the Soul, Inc.

Mission Statement

We only stand alongside the hardest working musicians; musicians who by their own strength burn a path into today’s musical mainstream. We form the team of management, recording, branding, and booking that pushes the hardest working artists ahead to their full journey’s end. We don’t shirk from naysayers. We overcome them. We don’t listen to trends. We make them. We don’t cower at obstacles. We burn a path.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 36% of musicians are self-employed.  Music career development has become more and more important.  Independent Ear is working on that challenge and is pulling together top music industry professionals to help.  This business model and Notes to the Soul’s career development program help the music community and the roster of artists to define their brands, tell their stories, expand their available revenue streams and to maintain healthy work/life balance.

IE is tightening the relationships between the artists & their support team,  which adds a much-needed layer of accountability in an industry that notoriously lacks it.  By putting the interest of the artist & community first, there’s an opportunity to create an integral balance between artists needs and financial sustainability.  Independent Ear’s move transforms the mission of the organization to truly push for artist financial freedom and equality of rights within the business of  music – as never before seen.