Alternative Power 100 Music List 2019


We started the Alternative Power 100 Music List as a response to Billboard’s Power 100 List with the aim to challenge conventional music industry standards. Over the past couple of years the #AltList has evolved from a symbolic stance in defiance of its original counterpart to a celebration for traditionally underrepresented communities such as women, people of color, with disabilities, people from emerging markets, LGBTQ and so on.

In 2019 we are bringing it back with a focus on COMMUNITY.

To reinforce this year’s theme, we are excited to announce our partnership with the UK’s leading trading body representing the independent music sector, the Association for Independent Music. As part of our partnership AIM will host an #AltList2019 Awards event at their AIM CONNECTED conference taking place in London between April 1-3. In addition, a minimum of five #AltList2019 nominees will be invited to speak at AIM CONNECTED.



As the world becomes more integrated through social media and technology, an increasingly wider pool of people have access to the music industry that ever before. In spite of that, even with the ability to develop networks reaching across the globe, deeper connections still seem hard to cultivate. Therefore, in the #AltList’s 3rd year we decided to highlight people of all genders who foster COMMUNITY in the music industry.

While last year we focused on #intersections, this year's theme is an opportunity to celebrate those who bring others together to foster a stronger sense of collaboration; those who lift up their peers with their work, advice and mentorship; those who have either nurtured a specific community or have contributed positively to the music community, in general; those who go out of their way to make introductions; those who take the time to recommend someone for a job, speaker or press opportunity; those who use their success to pave the way for others; those who value teamwork and honor the shoulders of others who helped them make their climb.



Check out last year’s Alternative Power 100 Music List 2018 here.

The Alternative Power 100 Music List 2017 is here.

As a reminder, the Alternative Power 100 Music List is a symbolic gesture. It’s an exercise that aims to highlight people of all genders whose contributions to the music industry may go unnoticed. It is our opportunity to showcase unconventional companies, business models, career paths and levels of success that challenge the status quo, whether they work independently or within larger organizations.

Please join us in our third year of the list by nominating those that have inspired community, togetherness, and strive to raise all tides for underrepresented communities in the music industry.

Please note-- your nominations can either go to a collective or an individual for their contribution towards the music community in general, or a specific community particular.