Association of Independent Music

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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 25% of the UK market.

AIM currently has over 800 record label and distributor members.

Most recently AIM have featured in the press over their contract negotiations with Apple for rights to distribute their labels' content on the iTunes service. AIM label tracks were not available on iTunes UK at launch, but contract terms have since been agreed with many of the independents, although negotiations are understood to still be on-going with others.

In September 2008, AIM became a founding member of UK Music which represents all aspects of the UK music industry.[1]

Significant labels under AIM[edit]

Significant artists under AIM labels[edit]

Music download store partners[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.

  • 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


  1. ^ "UK Music". September 26, 2008. Archived from the original on 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 

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