AIM’s 2015 AGM took place on 22nd September 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 a panel entitled ‘Tectonic Plates – Independent Music The Future’, moderated by Music Business Worldwide founder Tim Ingham and featuring Diane Wagg (Deluxxe Management), Paul Hitchman (Kobalt Label Services), Paul Pacifico (FAC) and Tor Hansen (Redeye/Yep Rock Records.)
In addition to a Q&A session with members of the AIM Board, the event also hosted a keynote interview featuring Matt Black, the co-founder of Coldcut and Ninja Tune, in conversation with Dorian Lynskey (music, film and political writer for the Guardian).
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 newly elected Board members were:
- Adam Velasco – Cherry Red Records
- Ben Rimmer – Believe Digital
- Harry Martin – Domino Recording Co
- Vincent Clery-Melin – Kobalt Label Services
They replaced the following retiring Board members:
- Chris Goss – Hospital Records
- Doug D’Arcy – Faith & Hope Records
- John Dyer – Domino Recording Co
- Sharon Dean – Respect Music
Discovery is driving the independents’ market share ever higher, and the sheer joy, artistry and diversity on show at this year’s AIM Awards is rich testimony to the vibrancy of the sector. – Alison Wenham, Chairman & CEO of AIM