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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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