AIM partners with FastForward Amsterdam to offer free tickets to emerging labels and self-releasing artists

In partnership with FastForward, the annual conference bringing together the next generation of music industry leaders, AIM will offer 2 emerging labels the chance to win a free ticket to the flagship Amsterdam edition of the conference. Taking place on 15th and 16th February 2018 at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw venue, FastForward is a two-day conference offering keynotes, panel discussions and intimate networking aimed at (but not exclusive to) under 35s building a sustainable career in the modern music industry.

AIM has been a proud supporter of FastForward since its inception, and will now offer 2 emerging member labels or self-releasing artists the chance to attend the event free of charge. Any member label which has been operating for less than 3 years and is headed by founders who are 35 years old or under is eligible to apply for one of the two free tickets. AIM will provide each winning member with £150 toward their travel and accommodation costs in addition to the free ticket.

AIM will also host a networking drinks reception as part of the conference, providing all delegates with an invaluable opportunity to form lasting business relationships with other attendees.

AIM CEO Paul Pacifico said: “FastForward is an excellent event focusing on the next generation of music industry leaders, and we are excited to give AIM members the opportunity to benefit from the invaluable learning and networking opportunities that the conference provides.”

FastForward founder Chris Carey said: “We are really pleased to continue partnership between FastForward and AIM and delighted that they have chosen to support our flagship Amsterdam event in this way.  AIM’s decision to help members attend FastForward will see them learning from leading experts as well as making lasting relationships and friendships that will prove very beneficial as their careers develop.”

AIM member labels wishing to apply for one of the tickets should email Jude McArdle (Membership Coordinator) on jude@musicindie.com outlining why they think they would benefit from attending the event (in no more than 300 words).

The deadline is 12 noon on Friday 24th November.


FastForward is a boutique music business conference aimed at, but not exclusive to, under 35s, that exists to help lay the foundation for a sustainable career in the modern music industry.  The conference model offers a combination of keynote speeches, interactive panel discussions, and rapid-fire ‘FastFifteen’ specialist presentations that explore the latest trends to emerge in the music and media industries today.

While FastForward is aimed at under 35s, there are no strict rules as to who can attend. By limiting the attendance numbers, our events allow for deeper networking. For FastForward, it’s about meaningful discussion. Those establishing themselves in the industry who want to expand their network, rather than those who are fully established already, will find it most valuable.

Following two sold out years in Amsterdam, FastForward expanded in to London in 2017 and will debut in Sydney in 2018.

You can find out more and buy tickets at www.amsterdam.fastforward.xyz.