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AIM unveils final speakers for its flagship conference, AIM Connected

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has revealed final speakers and panel topics for AIM Connected, its flagship conference and networking event that brings together business owners, strategists and senior execs across the independent music and technology industries.


UK budget: Association of Independent Music calls for support for UK music industry

Following today's Spring Budget announcement, a comment from the Association of Independent Music (AIM), which represents the UK's independent music community.


TK & SK of Finesse Foreva named 'Music Entrepreneur of the Year' 2023 by YMB Awards

London-based independent record label and management company, Finesse Foreva (FF) have been awarded 'Music Entrepreneur of the Year' – the Young Music Boss Awards' (YMBA) flagship title, presented in partnership with the Association of Independent Music (AIM).


AIM Sync 2023 reveals speaker lineup

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has unveiled the lineup for AIM Sync 2023, the UK's leading global sync conference and marketplace.


AIM Responds to DCMS Select Committee streaming inquiry follow-up report

"AIM welcomes recommendations for transparency, a proactive strategy and inclusive working groups to look collaboratively at practical positive outcomes in streaming."


AIM appoints Silvia Montello as CEO

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has appointed Silvia Montello as its new CEO. Montello brings thirty years of experience in marketing, commercial and strategic operations. She replaces Paul Pacifico in leading AIM's overarching operations and strategy, as it continues to support the UK's growing independent music sector, which now comprises 29% of the market.


Nina Radojewski appointed AIM's Head of Membership

The new Head of Membership role brings together AIM's membership, events, and marketing and communications functions. Radojewski will be responsible for managing these areas, as well as continuing to lead professional development initiatives for members such as the AIM Academy and the Associate Members' Knowledge Base.


AIM comment on CMA streaming market study report

"While consumers have clearly benefited enormously from greater access to music at decreasing cost, we must take care to ensure music is not undervalued and that we balance that with the opportunity for more creators to benefit from a sustainable digital ecosystem."


AIM AGM: New Board Members, Angel Investment Syndicate and Amazon Music-backed Apprenticeship Programme

The UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) announced two new initiatives to support entrepreneurship in the independent music sector at its Annual General Meeting in Manchester. Held at YES live music venue, and also livestreamed, AIM's first AGM outside London was themed "Taking Independents to the Next Level."


Economics of Music Streaming inquiry evidence: Comment from AIM

Comment from the Association of Independent Music (AIM) on UK Parliament's evidence session today looking at progress since the DCMS Select Committee's inquiry into the economics of music streaming.


Wet Leg, Nova Twins Victorious At AIM Independent Music Awards 2022

After bringing down the curtain on riotous performances from The Libertines, Lethal Bizzle and Pixey, the AIM Independent Music Awards celebrates another glorious year of the independent sector and the talented artists, labels and outstanding individuals at the forefront of its success.


Stormzy & Rina Sawayama win big at AIM Awards 2022

Stormzy and Rina Sawayama will be recognised for their outstanding achievements and ground-breaking work at this year's Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards. The final list of nominees are also unveiled ahead of the star-studded ceremony on 28 September at London's Roundhouse, with rising star Pixey completing the line up of the live show.


Domino, Chess Club, Jamie Oborne in running for AIM Awards wins

As the AIM Independent Music Awards prepares to return in-person at the Roundhouse on September 28, labels and teams behind some of 2022's most exciting acts are set to receive well-deserved recognition.


The Libertines and Lethal Bizzle To Perform At AIM Awards 2022

Cult British rockers The Libertines will be taking to The Roundhouse stage on 28th September, as the AIM Independent Music Awards returns for a star-studded, in-person event.


AIM's Paul Pacifico to Step Down as CEO After Six Years

Paul Pacifico will leave the UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) at the end of 2022. His decision marks the end of his second three-year term as CEO and the delivery of several long-term strategic goals.


AIM responds to CMA streaming market study decision

AIM CEO Paul Pacifico: "We welcome the CMA's update report which reinforces what we know – that building success in music is hard – and underlines the need for organisations across music to work together to secure positive outcomes for the sector."


Wet Leg, FKA Twigs and Dave receive double-nods as AIM Awards reveal first nominees

The AIM Independent Music Awards nominees have been revealed, as the event is set to return in-person at London's iconic Roundhouse on 28 September. 


Middlesex University London and the Association of Independent Music partner on pioneering Music Business MA for industry professionals

Middlesex University London (MDX) and leading music industry body the Association of Independent Music (AIM) are proud to announce an exciting collaboration on an MA Music Business programme by distance education.


AIM releases final wave of speakers and sessions for Future Independents 2022

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the final wave of speakers for 'Future Independents,' its free virtual conference aimed at giving artists, labels, managers and other music entrepreneurs access to the knowledge they need to level up in music.


AIM's 'Future Independents' conference to return for second year

Future Independents, the Association of Independent Music (AIM)'s digital conference empowering DIY artists, labels, managers and entrepreneurs, is set to return on Wednesday 8th June. 


AIM Awards returns as live Roundhouse ceremony with new categories

The AIM Independent Music Awards, the most anticipated night in independent music, is back on Wednesday 28th September, returning as an in-person event at London's iconic Roundhouse with an exciting array of new and updated categories.


AIM hires Esta Rae as Senior Events Manager

The UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) has appointed Esta Rae as its new Senior Events Manager to drive vision and strategy across its programme of events, conferences and the AIM Independent Music Awards.


Ex-Spotify Chief Economist Will Page to give keynote on streaming at AIM Connected 2022

The former Chief Economist of Spotify and PRS for Music, Will Page, has been announced as a keynote speaker at AIM Connected 2022, as the final line-up of speakers and sessions is revealed.


The Young Music Boss Awards 2022 winners revealed

The music industry came out in numbers for the return of the Young Music Boss (YMB) Awards in its second year, with more than 400 industry executives, artists and other professionals in attendance. The awards took place in partnership with the likes of MMF (Music Managers Forum), AIM (The Association of Independent Music), PPL and The Music Federation at the iconic EartH Theatre in Hackney.


A Statement from AIM's Paul Pacifico on the CMA's ruling on Sony's acquisition of AWAL

Paul Pacifico, CEO of the UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM), has made the following comment on the CMA's provisional conclusions in its investigation into Sony's acquisition of AWAL.


Young and Emmy-nominated 'Killing Eve' supervisor celebrated as AIM Sync Award winners at global sync conference

Today, AIM Sync 2022, the UK's global sync conference and marketplace from the Association of Independent Music (UK), took place virtually with over 70 music supervisors and sync specialists sharing their insights and taking part in panel discussions, Listening Sessions, workshops, online networking, and one-to-one meetings.


Michael Adex named 'Music Entrepreneur of the Year' by YMB Awards

he winner of the YMB Awards flagship title has been announced today: Michael Adex, founder and CEO of 360 entertainment company NQ, is Music Entrepreneur of the Year 2022, presented in partnership with the Association of Independent Music (AIM).


Final speakers and sessions announced for AIM Sync 2022

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the final wave of speakers and sessions for its global sync licensing conference AIM Sync, as well as the full details of panels, listening sessions, and networking taking place virtually on 10th February 2022.


AIM Sync Award nominees announced

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the nominees for the AIM Sync Awards, shining a spotlight on the ever-increasing use of independent music in the sync landscape.


Music Leaders Launch Climate Pact

A group of leading music companies have signed a wide-ranging commitment to 'decarbonise' the global music business in alignment with the latest climate science.


First speakers and sessions announced for flagship independent music conference, AIM Connected 2022

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the first speakers and sessions of its flagship independent music conference, AIM Connected, which returns as an in-person event at BAFTA's iconic London headquarters on Thursday 10 March 2022.


Paul Pacifico: An open letter to Parliamentarians  

This Friday, 3rd December, Labour MP Kevin Brennan brings to Parliament his Private Member's Bill which he feels will address problems in the music streaming market. Kevin Brennan is a long-time member of the Musicians' Union, and is close to campaigners who have called for changes to the way music streaming works.


New speakers, sessions and 'sync primer' workshop announced for AIM Sync 2022

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced a new round of sync experts, brands and music supervisors joining its global conference and marketplace for sync licensing and brand partnerships, AIM Sync 2022 on 10 February. Also announced is 'How to Get Started in Sync', a primer AIM Academy event for those new to the area.


AIM Sync - the UK's global sync conference and marketplace - returns for 2022

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the first sessions and speakers of the UK's leading global sync conference and marketplace, AIM Sync, which is returning for 2022 on 10 February.


AIM responds to Budget and Spending Review

AIM CEO Paul Pacifico has responded to the Chancellor's Budget and Spending Review, welcoming positive new measures for venues and hospitality, but stressing the importance of a tax relief scheme for music.


AIM announces new Board members, education partnerships and 'Distribution Switch Code'

Today the Association of Independent Music announced a raft of new initiatives to support the independent music community's business and personal development, and the election of its new Board members at its Annual General Meeting.


AIM CEO Paul Pacifico responds to CMA study into major label dominance

"AIM stands for an inclusive and open market that offers genuine opportunity for all. Concerns around hyperconcentration of power by the majors who control 75% of the market and the dynamic between music and technology companies are some of the topics that could well benefit from this CMA market study, which could help build understanding and confidence for all stakeholders in music, from creators to consumers."


AIM partners with SonicData to deliver SonicKey, free European broadcast monitoring and live data to independent music rights holders

AIM (the Association of Independent Music) today announced a far reaching partnership to enable independent music companies to use the latest SonicKey digital watermark technology, with realtime monitoring, live broadcast and data collection across 500 broadcasters for all new music.


Arlo Parks, Enny win big, Joan Armatrading CBE clinches outstanding contribution at AIM Awards 2021

Bringing together an array of music legends and rapidly rising new talent, the AIM Awards 2021 saw yet another brilliant display of the independent community's remarkable strength and ingenuity.


AIM response to the DCMS Economics of Streaming report

"The Select Committee has impressively zeroed-in on some of the key issues in music and many of the report's findings endorse and vindicate the ethical practices of the independent music community."


AIM publishes first whole-of-market research into alternative streaming model together with 'How to Fix Streaming' debate

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has published the first research into an alternative streaming proposal which has been modelled on the whole UK market. The research into its Artist Growth Model was presented by Will Page and David Safir during AIM's 'How to Fix Streaming' debate, the recording of which has now also been published.

Business Connects With Independents Through New Partnership With AIM and the Association of Independent Music (AIM) have formalised their longstanding relationship with a new partnership, bringing together the two communities they represent - independent music businesses and women and gender minorities around the world working in the music industry.


Arlo Parks & Working Men’s Club Head Up AIM Awards Nominations As First Names Revealed

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and poet Arlo Parks leads the AIM Independent Music Awards nominations with four nods while Yorkshire synthpop band Working Men’s Club are shortlisted for three awards. The virtual ceremony will take place as a global livestream on 25 August with hosts 1Xtra & 6 Music’s Jamz Supernova and Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Tiffany Calver joining forces to host the most anticipated night in independent music. 


AIM publishes first ever Equity, Diversity And Inclusion Audit

On the anniversary of Blackout Tuesday, The Association of Independent Music (AIM), which represents the UK's independent music sector, has published its first ever Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Audit and committed to follow it up every year to measure its progress in creating real and positive change. 


Lyor Cohen, Nadia Khan and Emmanuel De Buretel join AIM's Future Independents conference for keynote discussion

Three industry disruptors at the cutting edge of music business and culture are coming together for an in-depth keynote discussion on the Future of Independent Music, with YouTube and Google's Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen, Founder of Women in CTRL & Chair of AIM, Nadia Khan and Founder of Because Music, Emmanuel de Buretel. 


AIM launches Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Level-Up Programme

AIM is supporting its membership and the thousands of people working in its community by launching a full Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Training Programme named ‘EDI Level-Up', led by expert diversity consultants Arit Eminue and Vick Bain. 


AIM launches ‘Future Independents’

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced ‘Future Independents’ - a brand new digital conference empowering the next generation of DIY artists, labels, managers and entrepreneurs.


AIM Awards reveals details of judging panel and moves date forward

The AIM Independent Music Awards has announced an eclectic list of broadcasters and tastemakers making up the judging panel for its 2021 event, and moved forward to a new date on Wednesday 25 August, for what is gearing up to be the event’s most dazzling ceremony yet.


How To Build A Sustainable Music Hub Outside of London

AIM's Member Focus series sees independent music companies break down their goals, the journey to achieving them and what others in the indie community can learn from them...

About Us

AIM is the not-for-profit trade body exclusively representing the UK’s independent music sector, which makes up a quarter of the recorded music market. Now in its 20th year, AIM’s members range from the largest, most respected record labels and associated music businesses in the world to self-releasing artists and the next generation of entrepreneurs in music. AIM promotes and supports this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services, commercial opportunities and practical help to members, enabling them to innovate, grow and break into new markets.

AIM’s members are the entrepreneurs of the UK music industry. They are an incredibly diverse community of people and companies who share the uniting experience of being driven by a passion for the music they produce and a desire to build successful businesses around it in the 21st Century.

Our members come from across the independent music community including some of the biggest independent labels like Beggars, Domino and Ninja Tune to globally celebrated specialists and newer challengers such as Hospital, Brownswood, Black Acre and Transgressive. AIM also has a significant membership of independent artists who self-release their music, ranging from those just starting out to established names who are known the world over.

Our members understand that by standing together as a united community, they are stronger. Growing a business can be a very isolating experience, so in coming together through AIM, our members learn from each other and support one another. They also support AIM which enables us to carry out the vital work we do to support them – our member contributions make AIM a truly unique safe-haven and a source of power and strength for the Independent Music Community.

AIM’s dynamic and committed team is always here to help. We are proud that our team members don’t just work for AIM, we are deeply immersed in independent music and culture – many of us work with, play or produce music, put on gigs, volunteer at festivals and are generally out there, in touch with what is going on and get the reality of the challenges faced by our members.

Key Personnel

Sara Al Hamad

Business Affairs Manager

Gee Davy

Head of Legal and Business Affairs/Company Secretary

Callum Johnson

Friend of AIM Manager

Bob Kraushaar

Financial Controller

Guy Lowman

Senior Events Manager

Jude McArdle

Membership Manager

Simon Metcalfe

Events Assistant

Sophie Netter

Membership Administrator

Henry Oliver

Communications Coordinator

Paul Pacifico


Nina Radojewski

Education & Training Coordinator/Assistant to the Chief Exec


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