AIM is committed to helping our members’ international business and to championing music from the UK’s exceptional independent sector worldwide.
As members of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) and IMPALA, the Pan-European association, AIM is actively involved in issues of global significance and represents its members in the global arena.
AIM supports our members’ export activities through links with all of the independent trade associations worldwide. We promote business opportunities and provide insight into the key independent sector trade events, as well as securing discounts to attend.
As part of the British Music partnership with the Department for International Trade and other industry bodies, AIM runs trade missions and programs to promote international commerce and connectivity for its members. Recent missions include China, India, Midem and SXSW.
Members are kept up to date with information on international funding for showcases and international marketing projects. AIM is on the board of DIT’s Music Export Growth Scheme and other options available to the industry include the Artists’ International Development Fund, the International Showcase Fund and Momentum.
WINTEL Global Market Share Report
The WINTEL 2016 report – a first of its kind study – revealed that the independent sector is worth $5.6billion and commands 37.6% of the global recorded music market. Here in the UK independents account for 23% of the market.
The study found that international business is becoming increasingly important, accounting for 37% of independent label revenue. Due to the size of independent labels they often do not have the infrastructure needed to compete globally and so 52% use major labels or major label owned distributors when exporting.
For the first time in the history of recorded music, the independent sector has extracted its true market share value based on ownership of copyright as opposed to distribution. Meaning that usually when independent repertoire is distributed through a major label or major label owned distributor that value is extracted from the independent sector and is instead counted towards the major label’s share, inflating their overall value which is used to negotiate deals.
You can read the WINTEL report in full here.