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'A win for one of us is a win for all of us': Key moments from The AIM Awards 2022

The UK's independent music community returned to The Roundhouse for the first time in two years to celebrate the year's biggest success stories, from Lethal Bizzle to The Libertines, TAAHLIA to Rough Trade...

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‘The industry has focused on building databases to figure out who owns what. But there's something everyone's missed...'

Crunch Digital founder Keith Bernstein is approaching the issue of music copyright and clearance from a different direction - pointing out that it's often companies with a list of legitimate music licenses that accidently infringe on copyrights. He says the music rights databases, search engines and other online tools don't quite do enough...

Paul Pacifico on his AIM legacy, the indie community he leaves behind, and where he might end up next

On the eve of his final AIM Awards show, we speak to AIM's outgoing CEO about how he feels the trade body has evolved during his six-year tenure, some of the key battles he's fought for the sector, and where he feels indie rights-holders sit in today's market...

‘Metaverse can follow gaming’s multi-billion dollar DLC market trajectory’

Perfect Havoc’s Rob Davies draws parallels following label’s anniversary NFT launch…

What happens when a music studio tells artists ‘Pay what you can’?

The Ranch Production House has allowed musicians to name their price for studio use between August and October to combat the cost of living crisis – but the model could become a permanent fixture, says founder Neil Kennedy…

Jeremy Sirota on demystifying Merlin, explosive growth and the Web3 potential for indies

Since Sirota joined Merlin in 2020, the New York-based exec has brought an experience that benefits from roles at both major music and tech corporations. The independent digital music licensing organisation has seen its ranks increase by 140, shooting past 500 members, while signing deals with no less than 15 new platforms or major new features…

Paris next for Ultra’s growing global network of studios

With recording facilities in Los Angeles, London, Stockholm, Atlanta and (most recently) Liverpool, Ultra founder Patrick Moxey believes studios are still the best incubators for songwriters…

‘The majors have benefitted from AI for years. I want to bring it to indie labels and artists’

Music collaboration platform Aux App is investing in artificial intelligence to help independent operators find the right partners and collaborators early on during any given music project. Founder Ben Bowler says it’s something that the big players are already way ahead on, but he wants to change that…

Jan Bang and Erik Honoré are launching a new label. Here’s the inside scoop

Linked to Norway’s Punkt Festival, and a sub-label of Jazzland Recordings, Punkt Editions is set for launch in September and billed as a brand-new platform for Punkt related music past, present and future…

‘If I'm able continue to release records the way I want to, I am succeeding’

The A2IM Libera Awards return next week, on June 16. In the lead up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This time, meet Don Giovanni Records…

‘Put your fans first and they won't steer you wrong’

The A2IM Libera Awards return next week, on June 16. In the lead up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This time, meet Oh Boy Records…

‘Now any artist or label can potentially reach a global audience. That’s powerful’

The A2IM Libera Awards return next week, on June 16. In the lead up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This time, meet Innovative Leisure…

‘Independents have as much power as we're willing to fight for’

The A2IM Libera Awards return next week, on June 16. In the lead up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. Say hello to Sundazed Music…

Member articles

Tia Kofi: ‘I want to be recognised as an artist beyond being a drag queen on a reality show’

Tia Kofi found fame during the second series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK. Since then, she has surrounded herself with respected industry names to help develop a musical career that can stand on its own…

Marina Elderton: 'You have to be obsessed to get there without a really big team around you'

With a dual career as a sought-after composer for media and a recording artist currently under her ELDR moniker, Marina Elderton reflects on life as an independent artist following the release of a new EP...

Charlie Simpson: ‘If I’d have had a tenth of the stuff that kids have now, it would have blown my mind’

From Busted to Fightstar to establishing himself as a solo artist, Charlie Simpson has witnessed arguably the music industry’s most turbulent transition over a 22-year career. Here, he talks about his new album and life as an independent artist in the modern music business…

Roo Panes: 'There's more opportunity than ever for artists to go direct, to get their music heard, and for independents to make an impact'

Three albums and more than 20 singles and EPs into his musical career, Roo Panes has almost 185,000 followers and more than 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. He recently signed a publishing deal with BDi Music but already has a number of high profile, song-boosting syncs to his name...

How music rights-holders can cash in on performance sports

ClicknClear founder Chantal Epp talks about the difficulties and opportunities that this often overlooked revenue stream presents. From cheerleading to figure skating, licensing sports routines could be a multi-billion dollar market for music rights holders…

Reef's Gary Stringer: 'If the budget isn’t there, fill it with creativity'

Reef shot to stardom in the mid-90s with a major label deal in a music business that was a world away from the one we know now. Their next album lands in April on their own label powered by Absolute. Here, singer Gary Stringer talks about the band's approach in 2022, finding the right people, and doing more with less...

'Labels sign people all the time that never make it big. Doing it yourself is different'

Zuzu has lived the life of a major label signing and felt all the pressures and expectations that come with it. Now an independent artist using label services and D2C to reach her fans, she's in a much healthier position. She still, however, raises questions about the stresses put on young artists in a changing music industry...

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...

The Overtones: 'It became apparent we would have a lot more freedom and control over our destiny'

On the release of their 10 year anniversary album, and their second with Absolute, The Overtones' Mark Franks and Mike Crawshaw look back on their career, the changing music business and making the transition from major to independent...

Tileyard Connected kicks-off with Creative Communities panel

Nick Keynes, Rebecca Ayres, Kat Ober and Paul Pacifico explore virtual and physical communities within the creative industries, and the core elements that hold them together...