London, August 31st 2016 – The Association of Independent Music (AIM), which represents over 800 independent music companies in the UK, has confirmed further activities taking place at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 20th September 2016 at Glaziers Hall, London.
The 2016 keynote interview this year will see AIM founders Martin Mills (Beggars Group founder) and departing CEO Alison Wenham in conversation with Simon Raymonde of Bella Union, bass player of The Cocteau Twins and former AIM Board member.
In this, Alison’s final year before she leaves to take up a full time position at Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), this interview will look back and celebrate all that AIM has achieved on behalf of the independent sector over the last 17 years.
The nominees for AIM board membership have also been announced. There are currently 18 AIM Board members and in accordance with the rotation provisions, one-fifth (four directors) of the members of the Board shall be required to retire from office. They are:
- Charlie Larby – CRC Music
- Merida Sussex – Stolen Recordings
- Michael McClatchey – Moshi Moshi Records
- Tony Morley – The Leaf Label
The AIM members will elect new board representatives from this year’s candidates. Representing a diverse range of labels and a good mix of men and women and from different ethnic minorities.
The nominees are:
- Achal Dhillon – Killing Moon
- Frederick Jude – Snapper Music
- George Gargan – Damnably
- James Endeacott – 1965 Records
- Jane Third – Because Music
- Jonathan Green – earMusic
- Kristian Davis-Downs – Naim Records
“This will be my final AIM AGM and I am looking forward to reflecting on all that we have achieved over the last 17 years, in conversation with Martin Mills and Simon Raymonde. It’s been the most interesting, challenging and rewarding role! Looking at the nominations for board directors this year I am heartened by the level of expertise and experience that those standing for election are bringing with them. It’s clear that I will be leaving AIM in good hands. I would also like to thank our four retiring board members for their commitment and hard work, it is, as always, deeply appreciated.” – Alison Wenham