AIM Independent Music Awards

2016 awards

Whilst many awards shows hand out gongs to the best-selling or priority artists, 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 sixth year, the AIM Awards is proud to have honoured a fantastic array of independent artists, labels and industry figures including: Björk, Adele, Skepta, Edwyn Collins, Richie Hawtin, The Prodigy, London Grammar, 4AD, Hyperdub, Transgressive, Alcopop! Recordings, FKA twigs, Billy Bragg, Enter Shikari, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wolf Alice, Alt-J, Flying Lotus, Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Martin Mills (Beggars Group), Daniel Miller (Mute), Laurence Bell (Domino), Daughter and Vampire Weekend. Check out all the winners and highlights videos from previous years by clicking on the menu on the left.


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The 2016 AIM Independent Music Awards will take place on 6th September, at The Brewery in London, and we're delighted to introduce our two fantastic hosts, Radio X's John Kennedy and BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra's Mistajam!


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Speaking about the Awards, John said: "I am delighted to be hosting/presenting (whatever word you'd like to use) the AIM Awards again this year and honoured to be doing it alongside the amazing MistaJam."

AIM Awards organiser Lara Baker highlights the influence and success of the independent sector over the past 12 months: "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 unrivalled 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.”

How to Enter

Entries for the 2016 AIM Awards have now closed. Stay tuned for details of who has made it through to the nominees!


Tickets for the 2016 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:

£175+VAT (Gold) / £1750 (Gold table of 10)
£95 +VAT (Silver) / £950 (Silver table of 10)

Friends of AIM tickets are £215+VAT each, members of AIF tickets are £120+VAT each & non-member tickets are £255 +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.

Attend the AIM Awards Afterparty!

Tickets for the afterparty only are also available, this takes place in The Brewery from 10.30pm immediately after the ceremony on 6th September.  A stellar line-up of DJs will spin independent party tunes until 3am. To join in the celebrations, click here to buy tickets.


Highlights of the 2015 AIM Awards


Check out this highlights video from the 2015 AIM Awards, featuring Noel Gallagher, John Kennedy, Alice Levine, Jungle, Wolf Alice, FKA twigs and many other notable faces from the independent sector.



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