An Interview with CIMS Founder Don Van Cleave, Part 1: CIMS and Its Goals


Don Van Cleave, longtime music retailer and founder of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, discusses his early experience in music sales and his decision to close his award-winning store Magic Platters to focus on running CIMS. He also discusses how CIMS allows independent record stores to pool their marketing dollars in order deal on an equal basis with major labels and distributors.


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