The Coalition of Independent Music Stores
(CIMS) is a group of some of the best independent music stores in
America. CIMS was founded in 1995; its current membership is made
up of 35 accounts that handle 40 stores in 24 states. Many of the
accounts have been recognized by the music industry and their local
communities for their outstanding dedication to customer service and
developing artist support.
Each member is bound by its shared love of music, a reputation for
great selection and customer service in each's community, yet each
CIMS account is as unique as the market it represents. Most importantly,
CIMS member stores continually seek to challenge the jaded, color-by-numbers
advertising and marketing of other retailers. See the store finder
to the left or go to CIMS STORES to find
an account closest to you.
CIMS is a network of stores that provide labels with a cohesive national
marketing effort for their developing and established bands. So, instead
of having to make 35 separate phone calls to set up promotions at
key indie stores across the nation, a label may contact the CIMS office
to coordinate their efforts. Whether it be an advertising program,
an instore positioning or Adopt program, listening booth, or even
a custom-made promotion for an artist, CIMS helps labels break through
the clutter for their artists to be recognized by the early adopter
music fans that constantly seek the best in new music.
Members include a list of stores that have been recognized over the
years for their contributions to their individual communities, as
well as their participation in the music industry at large. Most report
to Soundscan, and almost all buy direct from the labels. Most lean
heavily towards "alternative" music, but everyone sells
certain types of music better than others, whether it be folk, rap,
urban, techno, jazz, classical, punk, etc. For a list of stores, see
the CIMS STORES page.