United Kingdom


Association of Independent Music (AIM)

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.


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