Union des Producteurs Phonographiques Français Indépendants

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Formation12 June 1986 (37 years ago) (1986-06-12)
HeadquartersParis, France
Vincent Frèrebeau
Jérôme Roger
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]

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]


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

  • to bring together and represent all persons or entities practising the profession of producers, publishers of sound and video recordings, and all those whose activities are linked with the production of these sound and video recordings;
  • to organise, educate and protect their professional, economic, moral, national and international interests;
  • generally, to do everything possible to ensure the promotion of production activities, and that of its members in particular, in France and abroad.

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]


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

Administrative council[edit]

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]


Since 2010, French electronic duo Justice has been the only recipient of a triple platinum certification from the UPFI, after sales for the music video of their song "Civilization" reached 45,000 copies in 2011.

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 are as follows:[5]

Type Thresholds per award
Gold Platinum 2× Platinum 3× Platinum Diamond
Single 150,000 250,000 400,000
Album 50,000 100,000 200,000 300,000 500,000
Music video 7,500 15,000 30,000 45,000 60,000


  1. ^ a b c "Status de l'UPFI" (in French). UPFI. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Vincent Frèrebeau est élu à la Présidence de l'UPFI". UPFI. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Vincent Frèrebeau élu président de l'Upfi". Centre d'information et de ressources pour les musiques actuelles (IRMA). 6 June 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Conseil d'administration". UPFI. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Certifications". UPFI. Retrieved 11 August 2014.

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