AIM is linked to a number of music industry organisations that look after independent music companies around the World. Find out more about our partner organisations here.
WIN is a global forum for the professional independent music industry.
Along with our equivalent bodies in other countries, AIM is a member of WIN, which addresses issues faced by the independent sector everywhere.
For independent music companies and their national trade associations worldwide, WIN is a collective voice. It also acts as an advocate, instigator and facilitator for its continually growing membership.
WIN Presents: The Global Independent Market
We find out about the market trends, issues and what’s working in some key independent territories around the globe. Featuring founders of some of the most notable independent labels from around the World.
Panellists: Darius Van Arman (Co-Founder, Secretly Group – USA), Justin West (Founder, Secret City Records -Canada), Luciana Pegorer (Delira Musica – Brazil), Tim Kelly (Managing Director, Inertia Music – Australia), Horst Weidenmueller (Founder, !K7 Records – Germany). Chaired: Alison Wenham (Chairman, Worldwide Independent Network).
UK Music is an umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry, from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to major and independent record labels, managers, music publishers, studio producers and collecting societies.
We are proud to be a member of UK Music. Other member organisations include: British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (BASCA), BPI, PRS For Music, Music Managers Forum (MMF), Music Publishers Association (MPA), Musician’s Union (MU) and Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL).
Merlin is a not-for-profit organisation charged with representing independent music companies in enhancing the commercial exploitation of their copyrights on a global basis.
Merlin ensures that independents have a vehicle, which can protect and enhance the strength, diversity and unique interests of its members and enhance their ability to compete in the ever changing world of digital music; and ensures that digital services have the access to the widest range of independent repertoire possible.
Merlin is the global rights agency for the independent label sector, representing over 20,000 labels from 39 countries. Merlin focuses purely on the interests of the global independent music sector.
The organisation acts to ensure its members have effective access to new and emerging revenue streams and that their rights are appropriately valued and protected in the digital realm.
Merlin represents clearly the most commercially valuable single basket of rights outside of those held by the three “major” labels.
Merlin offers Digital Services the opportunity to efficiently and globally license – via a single deal, instead of hundreds of individual local deals – the world’s most important and commercially successful music labels. Since its launch Merlin has established itself as a key partner to the world’s leading new-generation digital music services including Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Beats Music, Sony Music Unlimited, Rdio, rara.com, YouTube and Muve Music.
The independent sector is the fastest growing sector in the music business, representing not only a huge breadth and diversity of local music on a territory-by-territory basis, but also an increasing number of hit, commercial chart acts.
Merlin has also successfully achieved significant infringement settlements against companies such as Limewire and Grooveshark.
Merlin is not an aggregator. Its remit is to represent its members in deals that can’t be easily negotiated locally or individually or are not covered adequately by existing arrangements. It is a run as a non-profit organisation, with all dividends from its commercial investments being shared among its members.
Merlin enables independents to overcome the historical problems of market fragmentation that have typified the independent music sector. Facilitating this process will open up the market to independent music in a way that creates the opportunity to capture previously unavailable revenue streams.
Merlin is an inclusive model that seeks to improve the trading environment for the rights holders and other key stakeholders in our sector, such as distributors.
Merlin is about enhancing independents’ ability to compete in the ever-changing market by creating access to new revenue streams for labels and ensuring that services have the access to the widest range of independent repertoire possible.
All AIM members should join Merlin and can log in here for details of the discount available.
Impala is a not-for-profit trade body representing the independent music sector in Europe.
AIM is a member of Impala, as are trade associations for independents in other European territories. Impala was established in April 2000 at the initiative of prominent independent labels and national trade associations. Impala has over 4,000 members including top independents and national trade associations.
The Impala Sales Awards are the first sales awards which recognise that success on a pan-European basis needs to be acknowledged on different levels.
Any record label that has shipped 20,000 or more units of a single, album or download across Europe (across one or more countries) can register that release for an Impala Award.
The awards celebrate the fact that success begins well before sales reach 1 million (the only pan-European sales level officially recognised before IMPALA launched its own scheme). The IMPALA Awards are intended to provide a new tool for independent music companies and artists to promote themselves, both domestically and internationally.
They also recognize new talent and cultural diversity, and the fact that in order to promote cultural diversity in a meaningful and practical way, success needs to be celebrated at a much earlier point in an artist’s career than when they reach 1 million sales.
Success, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. For many independent record companies, selling 20,000 is a success. 200,000 is outstanding. 400,000 is a runaway. – Michel Lambot, the former President of IMPALA
The Impala European Sales Awards promote independents and their artists on the basis of pan-European sales at different points in the success spectrum. Results will be published widely.
The awards are:
- Impala Silver – 20,000
- Impala Double Silver – 40,000
- Impala Gold – 75,000
- Impala Diamond – 200,000
- Impala Platinum – 400,000
- Impala Double Platinum – 800,000
To register an award winner (an act whom has sold enough to receive an award), visit our website.
The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is the UK’s leading non-profit festival trade association. Created to represent and empower independent festivals, there are three key strands to our work:
Creating a national network of leading independent festival promoters: With over 50 member festivals, our frequent member meetings are an invaluable hub of knowledge exchange, insight and industry updates and the best way of staying in the loop of the independent festival industry. Sharing experiences with others in the same boat on a range of issues results in a safer and more enjoyable experience for organisers and audiences alike.
Business support and development: We offer members a range of tangible benefits that help their individual businesses. These include business affairs and legal support, financial advice, seminars, events and training opportunities alongside exclusive discounts and cost savings.
Campaigns and initiatives: We are the collective voice of the independent festival sector, representing and lobbying to Government on issues such as secondary ticketing, PRS, Business Rates and policing. In addition, we plan and deliver impactful public facing campaigns on issues facing the industry, such as our digital blackout of festival websites to raise awareness of legal highs.
Founded in 2008 by Rob Da Bank (Bestival) and his Manager Ben Turner (Graphite Media), the AIF operates as an autonomous division of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) with its own board and governance structure. The combined attendance of AIF’s 55 member events exceeds 500,000, contributing over £200m to the UK economy annually.
AIF also operates a Friends of AIF scheme, connecting trusted suppliers and companies directly to festival organisers in everything from production to marketing, technology and merchandise.