AIM announces flagship conference

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced its largest ever conference, AIM Connected, which will combine AIM’s Indie Con, Music Connected, and Women in Music events.

The brand-new three-day event will take place from 1 – 3 April at Studio Space London and will cover business, tech and people, to give insight into the future of music in the digital world.

Keynote speakers for AIM Connected include American composer, sound artist and music-AI specialist Holly Herndon and cultural critic and filmmaker dream hampton.

Confirmed panel discussions include How to Break the Top Five as an Underdog: IDLES, Alternative Strategies for breaking Artists, Empowering Communities Through Musical Movements, and Scaling Up: Business Development for Independent Labels.

AIM have confirmed that Huw Stevens (BBC Introducing, BBC 6Music), Jeff Bell (Partisan Records), Matt Black (Coldcut, Ninja Tune), Kate Hutchinson (freelance journalist), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Amy Lamé (London night czar), Chris Goss (Hospital Records), and and Tim Dellow (Transgressive) will appear as panellists at the event.

AIM is offering 20 three-day bursary places to people within the industry who face barriers to attend the event, and sic of those places will be allocated to Aim members based outside London with up to £100 towards travel and accommodation.

The remaining bursary places will be offered to organisations like Urban Development and The Midi Music Company who support young individuals who are trying to break into the music industry.

Paul Pacifico, chief executive officer, AIM says: ‘AIM Connected marks new territory for AIM as we look to break new ground in our 20th anniversary year. Our first ever three-day conference will combine several of our previous events into one landmark event for the UK music industry, covering a broad range of content across the themes of business, tech and people. With the vast spectrum of speakers and topics on offer, AIM Connected has something for everyone looking to take their knowledge to the next level or keep up-to-date with the latest trends and developments on the cutting edge of the industry.’

AIM Connected have also partnered with shesaid.so to open submissions for the annual Alternative Power 100 Music list, which aims to challenge traditional notions of power to contribute positively to the conversation around diversity.

Andreea Magdalina, founder of shesaid.so commented: ‘The #AltList set out to redefine what power means in the music business, celebrating people of all genders, ages, career levels and earning figures. We firmly believe that creating more visibility for these individuals and initiatives will ultimately lead to a more diverse, inclusive and financially positive music economy. Working with AIM felt like the most natural partnership, as both organisations strive to empower the industry’s independents. We are excited to honour this year’s nominees with an awards event for the first time at AIM Connected in London this April.’

For more information and to purchase both one-day and three-day tickets for AIM Connect, please visit aimconnected.com