Union des Producteurs Phonographiques Français Indépendants

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UPFI France logo.jpg
Formation12 June 1986(32 years ago) (1986-06-12)
Headquarters Paris, France
Vincent Frèrebeau
Jérôme Roger
Website www.upfi.fr
Formerly called

The Union of Independent French Phonographic Producers (French : Union des Producteurs Phonographiques Français Indépendants; UPFI) is a trade organisation that brings together independent record labels and music distributors in France. Its headquarters are based in the nation's capital Paris. [1]

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Founded on 12 June 1986 as the Professional Association of Independent Phonographic Producers (French : Association Professionelle des Producteurs Phonographiques Indépendants; APPI), the organisation changed the terms of its original statutes during its extraordinary general meeting of 8 June 1993. It was during the same meeting that the organisation changed its name to the UPFI. [1]

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In its current constitution, the UPFI says its current objectives are: [1]

The UPFI is currently headed by its president Vincent Frèrebeau, who was elected during an annual general meeting held on 5 June 2014. [2] [3] He took over from Stephan Bourdoiseau, who headed the organisation from June 2004 to June 2008, and had taken over from Frèrebeau himself in June 2010 for a second term. [4]

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The UPFI currently represents 78 independent record labels and music distributors within and outside France.

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Administrative council

The administrative council (conseil d'administration) currently has 18 members, who are the heads of 18 of the 78 members of the organisation. The council's current members are: [4]


The UPFI has been headed by five different presidents since June 1993. [4]


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The UPFI awards certifications at the request of each phonographic society. The submission of a certification is subject to a sales threshold, which must be certified by the organisation's accounting firm after audits with the label. As of 1 July 2009, the certification criteria is as follows: [5]

TypeThresholds per award
Gold Platinum 2× Platinum 3× Platinum Diamond
Single 150,000250,000N/A400,000
Album 50,000100,000200,000300,000500,000
Music video 7,50015,00030,00045,00060,000

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