Association of Independent Music

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Association of Independent Music
Association of Independent Music Logo.jpg
PurposeSupporting the UK's independent music companies
HeadquartersChiswick, London
Coordinates51°29′11″N 0°15′03″W / 51.486477°N 0.250788°W / 51.486477; -0.250788Coordinates: 51°29′11″N 0°15′03″W / 51.486477°N 0.250788°W / 51.486477; -0.250788
Key people
Paul Pacifico, CEO

The Association of Independent Music (commonly known as AIM) is a non-profit trade body established in 1998 by UK independent record labels to represent the independent record sector, which constitutes approximately 30% of the UK market.

AIM currently has over 800 members including record labels, self-releasing artists and distributors.

In 2004, AIM featured in the press over their contract negotiations with Apple for rights to distribute their labels' content on the iTunes service.[1][2] AIM was ultimately successful in negotiating equivalent terms for its independent labels members that Apple had originally only offered to the 'major' labels.

In September 2008, AIM became a founding member of UK Music which represents all aspects of the UK music industry.[3]

In November 2016 AIM appointed Paul Pacifico as CEO.[4]

Significant labels under AIM[edit]

Significant artists under AIM labels[edit]

AIM Awards[edit]

The AIM Independent Music Awards are hosted by the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and were established in 2011 to recognize artists signed to independent record labels in the United Kingdom. Award categories include:

  • Best Small Label
  • Best 'Difficult' 2nd Album
  • Special Catalogue Release of the Year
  • Hardest Working Band or Artist
  • Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival
  • Independent Breakthrough of the Year
  • Indie Champion Award
  • Independent Video of the Year
  • Best Live Act
  • Independent Track of the Year
  • Independent Album of the Year
  • Independent Label of the Year
  • PPL Awards for Most Played New independent Act
  • Innovator Award
  • Pioneer Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to Music Award

The 2018 awards were held in partnership with Young Urban Arts Foundation and saw bands and labels like IDLES, Let's Eat Grandma and Partisan Records nominated.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Europe launch for Apple's iTunes". 15 June 2004. Retrieved 16 April 2018 – via
  2. ^ "Independent bands out of tune with 'world's biggest jukebox'". 16 June 2004. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. ^ "UK Music". September 26, 2008. Archived from the original on 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  4. ^ "Paul Pacifico Appointed CEO of U.K. Indie Body AIM". Billboard. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  5. ^ "AIM Independent Music Awards: IDLES, Let's Eat Grandma & Partisan Records Score Nominations". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  6. ^ "IDLES, Zeal & Ardor and Wolf Alice are all up for gongs at the AIM Independent Music Awards". Upset. Retrieved 2018-11-07.

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