AIM Awards 2016 – Now taking entries!

AIM is now accepting entries for the 2016 AIM Independent Music Awards! With submissions accepted from both members and non-members, the 6th annual AIM Awards will once again celebrate a hugely successful year for the sector and a typically diverse range of nominated artists and labels.

The deadline for entries is May 24th.

Last years winners included big hitters Wolf Alice, FKA Twigs and Skepta, who picked up the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. While Swans won Hardest Working Artist and Flying Lotus won Best Independent Video.  Elsewhere,6Music’s Marc Riley took home the Indie Champion prize while the revered Pioneer Award went to Digby Pearson, founder of iconic metal Label Earache Records.

Tickets are on-sale for the 2016 Awards, which will be held at The Brewery in Clerkenwell on September 6th.  Leading the presentation of 16 awards, Radio X’s long term champion of new music John Kennedy will host the event alongside Radio 1‘s MistaJam. 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 sixth year the Awards move from strength to strength. Shining a spotlight on the abundant success stories of 2016, the media partners and leading sponsors joining forces to deliver this year’s event include; AIF, Amazon Music, DIY, CI, Vevo, Songkick, Believe Digital, The Orchard, Music Week, Modo, YouTube, Radio X and Proper Music.

Categories open for entry:

  • Independent Track of the Year – 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 (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 (in association with YouTube) – For an artist that made serious waves in 2012
  • Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album (in association with Radio X) – The independent album that has built on the success and brilliance of a debut release
  • Special Catalogue Release of the Year (in association with Modo) – For a catalogue release that offers something special
  • Best Small Label (in association with Proper Music) – 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 (in association with Amazon 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, will take place via songkick.com during June.
  • Voting for the Golden Welly Award will take place via DIYmag.com during July.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 AIM Awards are now available – contact Lara Baker at AIM for further details – 020 8994 5599 / lara@musicindie.com.