AIM’s 2014 AGM took place on 9th July at Glaziers Hall in London and as usual was well attended by AIM Members, ‘Friends of AIM’ and industry guests.
A full programme of events across the day began with AIM’s Question Time panel, which featured Martin Mills – Beggars Group (chair), Chris Goss – Hospital Records, Doug D’Arcy – Faith & Hope, Merida Sussex – Stolen Recordings and Shirin Foroutan – Mute Group.
In addition to a Q&A session with members of the AIM Board, two of the most respected figures in the independent music sector, Richard Russell of XL Recordings and Simon Raymonde of Bella Union took to the stage later in the afternoon for a wide-ranging, one on one conversation.
One of the items of formal business at AIM’s AGM is the voting for the Board elections (by secret ballot). One fifth of the Board resigns each year (by rotation) – company directors of a full ‘label’ member can put themselves forward for nomination. Preferably with several years’ experience in the industry and having political lobbying experience.
The four successful candidates that joined the AIM Board were:
- Nathan Barley Phillips (Invictus Music & Media)
- Tim Dellow (Transgressive Records)
- Stephen Richards (Lucky Number Music)
- Paul Sanders (The state51 Conspiracy)
These replace the four Board Members that retired under the normal rotation rules:
- Ruth Daniels (Fat Northerner Records)
- Billy Grant (2Point9)
- Al Mobbs (Ambiguous Records)
- Simon Wills (Absolute Marketing & Distribution)
This has been a pivotal 12 months for AIM, one in which we have had to fight harder than ever to protect the rights of our members in the face of numerous, ongoing challenges. We remain, however, a deeply united and committed organisation with members who are passionate and optimistic about the future of the independent sector. We have also launched several groundbreaking initiatives in the first half of 2014 such as new easy-to-access financing opportunities for independent music companies and a groundbreaking new licensing scheme with the BBC, which will deliver tangible benefits to our sector. I would like to welcome our four new board members and to express my deep gratitude to those who are retiring this year. Their hard work and support has been hugely appreciated. – Alison Wenham, Chairman & CEO of AIM