AIM Independent Music Awards


Many an awards show hands out gongs to the best-selling or priority artists, but the indies have always measured success a little differently. The AIM Independent Music Awards recognises the real heroes of music; those who do things their own way, make phenomenal music and inspire us all with their creativity, commitment & brilliance.

Now in our fifth year, the AIM Awards is proud to have honoured a fantastic array of independent artists, labels and industry figures such as: Björk, Adele, Edwyn Collins, Richie Hawtin, 4AD, Hyperdub, The Prodigy, London Grammar, Alcopop! Recordings, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Enter Shikari, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, First Aid Kit, Alt-J, SBTRKT, Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Martin Mills (Beggars Group), Daniel Miller (Mute), Laurence Bell (Domino), Daughter, Vampire Weekend & many more. Check out the winners and highlights videos from previous years by clicking on the menu on the left.


Voting is now open for AIM Independent Music Awards’ category Best Live Act 2015, in association with Jack Daniels and voted for by visitors to Songkick.

Fans can vote for the Best Live Act from a list of 56 entrants, all signed to independent labels. The Best Live Act category is voted for by visitors to Songkick, the live music app and website.

Click here to vote!

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The 2015 AIM Independent Music Awards will take place on 8th September, at The Brewery in London, and we're delighted to welcome back our two fantastic hosts, XFM's John Kennedy and BBC Radio 1's Alice Levine!

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Speaking about the Awards, John said: "'Absolutely delighted to be co-hosting the AIM Awards again this year with Alice Levine. It's a great celebration of the ever inspiring work of Independent labels and it's an honour to be a part of it. Last year's Awards night was such a lot of fun so I'm really looking forward to this year's!"

Awards organiser Lara Baker highlighted the influence and importance of the independent sector: "Independent labels have proven once again their undoubted lead in A&R in the last 12 months.  From grime, to metal, folk and dubstep, it's the indies who are leading the field in creativity, innovation and talent. We can't wait to celebrate this year's talent and honour the icons of our sector on September 8th.”

Enter Now !

The AIM Awards are now open for entries! Click here to see the categories and download the relevant entry forms.

Tickets for the 2015 AIM Independent Music Awards Now Available!

Tickets for the ceremony are now available, and can be booked using the forms downloadable from the bottom of this page.

In keeping with the independent spirit, tickets are priced so that all AIM members large and small can afford to attend, and prices are as follows.

AIM members:

£160+VAT (Gold) / £1600 (Gold table of 10)
£90 +VAT (Silver) / £900 (Silver table of 10)

Friends of AIM tickets are £185+VAT each, members of AIF tickets are £115+VAT each & non-member tickets are £220 +VAT each.

The ticket price includes entrance to the awards, welcome drinks reception, a delicious 3-course dinner with drinks and entrance to the lively after party.  Please note that tickets are highly limited.

Highlights of the 2014 AIM Awards

Check out this great video from the 2014 AIM Awards, featuring John Kennedy, Alice Levine, Twin Atlantic, Daughter, Richie Hawtin, Ghetts, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and many other notable faces from the independent sector.

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