29.01.16

AIM’s flagship indie label conference indie-con returns! (29th January 2016)

Independent music conference to take place 29th January 2016, London – in association with crowdmix. Speakers confirmed from: Radio 1, PledgeMusic, Rough Trade Records, Robomagic, Transgressive Records, Erased Tapes, Music Week, Play It Again Sam & BMG– plus keynote interview with Seymour Stein.

AIM is pleased to announce the return of Indie-Con, the 1-day conference covering all areas of independent label business. Supported by crowdmix, Indie-Con returns to London’s Glaziers Hall on Friday 29th January 2016. The event will take an in-depth look at all the key areas essential for running a successful independent music business, offering unrivalled networking and learning opportunities.

After an incredibly well-received sell out 2014 event which saw over 400 independent music professionals attend, Indie-Con 2016 will offer a unique programme of sessions aimed at helping independent artists and labels to grow their businesses and get their music heard. Indie-Con is the only conference in the UK to focus specifically on meeting the business needs of independent labels and self-releasing artists.

Indie-Con 2016 sessions will include:

  • What’s new in radio?
  • US performance visas and accessing the US market
  • How are artists making money in 2016?
  • How to be an artist-friendly record company
  • Running a great small label
  • Fan loyalty: creating, maintaining and rewarding superfans
  • A&R and artist development in 2016
  • Hey You! Why aren’t you listening to our records? What the music industry can learn from video games, movies and TV
  • The Global independent market

There will also be a special keynote interview with Seymour Stein. 2016 marks 50 years since Stein founded one of the world’s first independent labels, Sire Records. Stein has launched the careers of a vast and diverse catalogue of artists, including The Ramones, Madonna, The Smiths, Seal and KD Lang. Seymour is interviewed by Tim Dellow and Toby L, founders of 2015 Independent Label of the Year Transgressive Records.

An impressive line-up of speakers has already been confirmed to speak at the event, including:

  • Darius Van Arman,  Co-founder, Secretly Group
  • Korda Marshall,  SVP, BMG
  • Stuart Dredge,  Freelance Journalist, Music Ally & The Guardian
  • Jonathan Green,  earMusic
  • Caroline Downey, co owner, MCD
  • Mark Sutherland, Editor, Music Week
  • Ed Horrox, A&R Director, 4AD
  • Patrick Ross, VP Digital Marketing, KLS & AWAL
  • Jamila Scott, Method Records
  • Chris Carey, founder, Media Insight Consulting
  • Vinita Joshi, founder, Rocket Girl
  • Amy Jayne, Head of Promotions & Radio Plugging, Hospital Records
  • Nicki Kefalas, Founder, Out Promotions
  • Adam Scrimshire, Wah Wah 45s
  • Dave Cawley, FatCat Records
  • Benji Rogers, founder, PledgeMusic
  • Seymour Stein, founder, Sire Records
  • Tim Ingham, founder, Music Business Worldwide
  • Diane Wagg, Manager, Deluxxe Management
  • Rhys Hughes, Head of Programmes, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra
  • Nav Sidhu, UK Label Manager, Hopeless Records
  • Charlene Hegarty, Director of Publishing, Smalltown America
  • Rob Hallett, Founder, Robomagic
  • Robert Raths, Founder, Erased Tapes
  • Mike Walsh, Head of Music, Radio X
  • Justin West, Secret City Records Inc (Canada)
  • Chris Price, Music Programming for streaming services, New Slang Media
  • Tim Dellow and Toby L, Founders, Transgressive Records
  • Paul Samartin, Senior Partner, Ganguin Samartin
  • Geoff Travis, Founder, Rough Trade Records
  • Anette Collins, Head of International, Cooking Vinyl
  • Zena White, Other Hand Music
  • Horst Weidenmueller, Founder, !K7 Records
  • Katie Ray, Tam Ray Touring
  • Mike Ajayi, Founder, AMF Records
  • Tim Kelly, Managing Director, Inertia Music (Australia)

Many more speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

Open to both AIM members and non-members, Indie-Con will run all day on Friday 29th January 2016, with lunch and refreshments provided to delegates.

Tickets are now available from the AIM website atwww.musicindie.com/indiecon2016 – priced at £50+VAT for AIM members, £120+VAT for non-members, including lunch.

Discounts for students, start-ups and members of affiliated organisations.

Book now: www.musicindie.com/indiecon2016