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01 Nov Born To Be Wide in association with AIM Presents: Label Evolution – New Model Music Companies


AIM has partnered with Born To Be Wide as it returns for a special evening event. Focusing on new record label models combined with the customary mix of socialising and self-indulgent guest DJ sets, it will mark AIM’s first event in Scotland. The event will take place on 1 November at The Pleasance in Edinburgh and features four short talks followed by a discussion and then an evening socialising to a random selection of tunes.


“The last time we did an event with AIM was in 2009 when Spotify was only a few months old, there was a lot of moaning about downloads and lots of record shops were closing,” says Born To Be Wide founder, Olaf Furniss. “These days new record shops are opening, download sales are declining and lots of people in Scotland are moaning about Spotify!”


The Label Evolution evening is geared to provide insights and inspiration and begins with each speaker giving a short presentation on their business model. This will be followed by a panel and questions from the audience.


Taking part are Euan Fryer, owner of Edinburgh’s Athens Of The North, which acquires the rights to vintage disco, soul and funk tracks, then uses these reissues to finance releases by new acts. He will be joined by Charlotte Spillerova from the Phases imprint, which is home to a roster of ambient and post-classical composers and focuses on digital platforms, as well as Charlotte Hazell label manager at London-based Killing Moon Records. An additional speaker is set to be announced.


“In 2018, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ for music creators and labels,” says Jude McArdle, membership manager for AIM, who will introduce the evening. “These are some great examples of people thinking ‘outside the CD’ coming up with innovative ideas on how to build their business.”




Label Evolution – New Model Music Companies

Date: Thursday 1 November

Venue: The Pleasance (Cabaret Bar), 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ

Advance Price: £6 / £5 (students)

Buy your tickets here.




19.00: Doors open

19.30-20.15: A snapshot of the labels with Euan Fryer (Athens Of The North), Charlotte Spillerova (Phases) and Charlotte Hazel (Killing Moon Records). Additional speaker TBA.

20.15-20.30: Interval

20.30-21.15: Panel discussion chaired by Olaf Furniss

21.15-late: Social session with music selected by speakers and industry guests. Expect the unexpected, but No Smiths, No Morrissey, No Joy Division.






Born To Be Wide is a Community Interest Company, based in central Scotland. It stages music business seminars, the annual Wide Days convention/showcases and the Off The Record youth events. The company also organises bespoke talks and workshops for other conferences, festivals and organisations.


Born To Be Wide started life in 2004 as an informal social night to bring together those involved in the Scottish music scene, and soon began attracting interest throughout the UK. Since April 2008 the company has hosted networking evenings, which begin with a discussion panel featuring key figures from the music industry.


In addition to its own promotions, Born To Be Wide has organised events in partnership with  the BPI’s Big Music Project, the Scottish Parliament’s Festival Of Politics, Education Scotland, the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Jura Unbound programme, Heart Of Midlothian FC’s Big Hearts Community Trust, the Depot Recording Studio and creative industries convention, GoNorth.


Website: www.borntobewide.co.uk

Twitter: www.twitter.com/borntobewide

Facebook: www.facebook.com/borntobewide


For more information contact:

Olaf Furniss – olaf@widedays.com / +44 (0) 131 341 4333




AIM is the not-for-profit trade body which represents the UK independent music industry, acting for over 90% of the independent market. With over 800 members from small start-ups and self-releasing artists to some of the largest and most respected independent music businesses in the world.




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