The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is a non-profit-making trade organisation established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK's independent music industry. AIM represents over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the World, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services to members, enabling member companies to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets.
The UK's independent music sector produces some of the most exciting and popular music in the World, and makes a huge contribution to the country's economy. AIM's members span every musical genre and every corner of the UK. They are a vibrant, entrepreneurial and diverse bunch that has one thing in common: the music comes first.
AIM oversees a sector whose artists have claimed six of the last ten Mercury Music Prizes and regularly accounts for 30% of all UK artist album awards (silver, gold, platinum). Artists signed to member labels include: Adele, Amadou and Miriam, Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver, Bjork, Caro Emerald, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, Grimes, Netsky, Radiohead, Roots Manuva, Royksopp, The Prodigy, Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, The Walkmen, The White Stripes and thousands of others.
The independent music industry is very young compared to other industries; our oldest members were formed in the 1960s and many of our members are brand new labels, established in the last 10 years as a result of the Internet opening up distribution channels. In an ever changing industry, many of our members are not traditional 'labels', but also publishers, managers, studio owners, producers, musicians... the list goes on.