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.

“In helping independent labels, AIM helps great music to flourish” – Richard Russell, XL Recordings

Our members

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 800+ members span every musical genre and every corner of the UK.  They are a vibrant, entrepreneurial and diverse bunch who have 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.

Our Board

AIM’s Board is elected democratically by members and regularly rotated, to ensure there is always a fresh and knowledgable group of experienced industry professionals driving AIM forward.  Each month AIM’s Board meet to discuss the issues affecting the independent music sector and AIM’s many activities and initiatives.

We are very proud to have a Board that is accessible and responsive to our members.  It is also important to us that the Board is representative of the wider membership, and we are pleased to note that Board members come from large and small companies, many different parts of the UK and all musical genres.  They also span a wide range of ages, ethnicities and both sexes.