AIM Awards to return on 6th September 2016!

AIM are pleased to announce the return of the AIM Independent Music Awards for 2016. Held at The Brewery in Clerkenwell on September 6th, tickets are now available from www.musicindie.com/awards.

Now in their 6th year, the awards go from strength to strength, and AIM are excited to welcome BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s MistaJam to partner last year’s host John Kennedy of Radio X.

“I am delighted to be hosting the AIM Awards again this year,” commented John Kennedy. “And honoured to be doing it alongside the amazing MistaJam.”

Comprised of over 850 members, from small start-ups to some of the largest, most respected labels in the world, the AIM community continues to define itself as the beating heart of the UK record industry, a fitting home for an award ceremony intent on highlighting the passion, hard work and dedication of all those working for independent success.

Awards organiser Lara Baker commented: “As ever the independent sector has had a phenomenal year, with such a broad range of incredible music released. Whether it’s the international success of grime or the enduring popularity of metal, British indies continue to be an unrivaled hotbed of new talent and home to some of the world’s most popular artists. The AIM Awards is where you will see the true breadth and creativity of British music celebrated.”

The awards are voted for by an expert panel of judges from across the media and music industry. This year we welcome aboard Alison Howe, executive producer of Later with Jools Holland, Joe Zadeh from Noisey, Tom Doyle from Rock Sound, Clara Amfo from Radio 1 and Maz Tappuni from Radio X. They join a panel that includes representatives from Radio 1 and 1Xtra, 6Music, Radio X, Drowned In Sound, The Quietus, Mixmag, The Independent, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, DIY and FACT Magazine.

Last year’s winners included Wolf Alice, Young Fathers, Flying Lotus, Swans, FKA Twigs and Transgressive Records, who picked up the coveted Independent Label of The Year Award. Michael Eavis presented Enter Shikari with Independent Album of The Year for their fourth album ‘The Mindsweep‘ while Noel Gallagher took to the stage to hand Jungle the PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act.

Celebrating over 25 years of visionary work, Ninja Tune founders Matt Black and Jonathan More (aka Coldcut) and label manager Peter Quick collected the Innovator Award, while long serving music critic, musician and radio DJ, BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley took home the well deserved Indie Champion prize.

Founder of Earache Records and legendary pioneer of extreme metal and modern day blues rock, Digby Pearson took home the Pioneer Award with over 25 years of visionary work to his name and MC, producer, songwriter, DJ and rapper Skepta was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award for his career spanning over 10 years.

Shining a spotlight on the abundant success stories of 2016, the media partners and leading sponsors already involved includes; AIF, Amazon, Believe Digital, CI, DIY, Modo Design and Production, Music Week, The Orchard, PPL, Radio X, Songkick, Vevo, YouTube. Category sponsorship packages are currently available, details from Lara Baker, Marketing & Events Director – lara@musicindie.com.

The judging panel for the AIM Awards 2016 is:

Sean Adams (DrownedInSound) // Tom Robinson (BBC 6music) // Luke Turner (The Quietus) // Pete Paphides (Journalist) // Ralph Moore (Mixmag) // Ryan Newman (BBC 1Xtra) // Elisa Bray (freelance journalist) // John Kennedy (Radio X) // DJ Target (1Xtra) // Danielle Perry (Absolute Radio) // Huw Stephens (BBC Radio1) // Steve Lamacq (BBC 6Music) // Jen Walker (Kerrang!) // Alexander Milas (Team Rock) // Joe Muggs (Journalist) // Mistajam (BBC Radio 1) // Mike Walsh (Radio X) // Alex Baker (Kerrang! Radio) // Chal Ravens (FACT Magazine) // Joe Zadeh (Noisey) // Tom Doyle (Rock Sound) // Alison Howe (BBC, Later With Jools…) // Clara Amfo (BBC Radio 1) // Maz Tappuni (Radio X)

Categories for the 2016 Awards:

Best Small label // Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album // Special Catalogue Release of the Year // Hardest Working Band or Artist // Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival // Independent Breakthrough of the Year // Indie Champion Award // Independent Video of the Year // Best Live Act // Independent Track of the Year // Innovator Award // Independent Album of the Year // PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act // Independent Label of the Year // Outstanding Contribution to Music // Pioneer Award