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AWAL breaks the traditions of record labels and music publishing to give its artists a freedom and empowerment beyond that of major labels.

Bringing Freedom of Expression to Independent Artists

The work of the AWAL record label stands in stark opposition to ageing structures with a platform that empowers its artists.

An alternative to conventional record labels, AWAL is a distributor with a unique offering created to empower independent artists. An acronym of Artists Without A Label, it was founded in the UK in 2011 to support and distribute the work of artists and producers without them relinquishing ownership or control of their music.

With a structure that pays out as much as 80% of streaming revenue to artists, AWAL has an impressive roster of talent and signings including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, You Me at Six, Banks and deadmau5’s own label, mau5trap.

As well as the support it provides for its artists, AWAL is also active on a community and social activism level, using merch as a key player in raising awareness as well as funds for its causes.

AWAL’s merch isn’t just great to look at, proceeds go towards the causes it supports.

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