AIM Awards 2015 – now taking entries!

AIM is now accepting entries for the 2015 AIM Independent Music Awards!  With submissions accepted from both members and non-members, the 5th annual AIM Awards will once again celebrate a hugely successful year for the sector and a typically diverse range of nominated artists and labels.

Application forms can be downloaded fromhttp://www.musicindie.com/awards/enternow
The deadline for entries is May 29th.

Last years winners included big hitters London Grammar, Hyperdub Recordsand Arctic Monkeys, who picked up Independent Album of The Year for their fifth studio album released on Independent Label of the Year Domino. While Ghettswon Hardest Working Artist and hands on DIY duo Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pipwon Best Independent Video.  Elsewhere, The Quietus Editor John Doran took home the Indie Champion prize while the revered Pioneer Award went to Martin Mills, founder and chairman of The Beggars Group.

Tickets are on-sale for the 2015 Awards, which will be held at The Brewery in Clerkenwell on September 8th.  Leading the presentation of 16 awards, XFM’s long term champion of new music John Kennedy will host the event alongside Radio 1‘s Alice Levine. Tickets are available fromwww.musicindie.com/awards.

In addition, this summer esteemed members of the AIM Awards judging panel will be curating a series of gigs throughout London in the build up to the event, showcasing the exceptional talent the independent sector has to offer. Details to follow.

Now in its fifth year the Awards move from strength to strength. Shining a spotlight on the abundant success stories of 2015, the media partners and leading sponsors joining forces to deliver this year’s event include; Disc Manufacturing Services, XFM, Amazon Music, DIY, CI, Vevo, Jack Daniel’s, Songkick, Spotify, Believe Digital, The Orchard, Music Week and AIF.

Categories open for entry:

Independent Track of the Year (in association with Spotify) – for the year’s best independently released track

Independent Video of the Year (in association with Vevo) – For the best music video from an act signed to an independent label

Best Live Act (in association with Jack Daniel’s, voted for by visitors to Songkick) – For the best live act signed to an independent label

Independent Album of the Year – For the year’s best independently released album

Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival (voted for by readers of DIY) – Recognising the UK’s best independent festival

Independent Breakthrough of the Year – For an artist that made serious waves in 2012

Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album (in association with XFM) – The independent album that has built on the success and brilliance of a debut release

Special Catalogue Release of the Year (in association with Amazon Music) – For a catalogue release that offers something special

Best Small Label (in association with Disc Manufacturing Services) – They’re not big (yet) but they are clever!

Hardest Working Band or Artist – For a band or artist that demonstrates an admirable work ethic

Other categories are:

PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act – The new independent act most played in public and on radio

Pioneer Award (in association with The Orchard) – Recognising a visionary independent label founder

Outstanding Contribution to Music – For an artist who continues to influence and inspire with their work

Innovator Award – For inspirational innovation in independent music.

Independent Label of the Year (in association with Believe Digital) – For a label that has had a truly brilliant year

Indie Champion Award (in association with CI) – For an individual who demonstrates unwavering support for the independent community

Voting for the Best Live Act Award in Association with Jack Daniel’s, will take place via songkick.com during June.

Voting for the Golden Welly Award will take place via thisisfakediy.co.uk during July.

AIM Members are invited to put forward nominations for the Indie Champion category – more details of how to nominate someone are athttp://www.musicindie.com/awards/enternow

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 AIM Awards are now available – contact Lara Baker at AIM for further details – 020 8994 5599 / lara@musicindie.com.