The Association of Independent Music (AIM) have announced the return of AIM House to The Great Escape following a successful debut last year.
AIM have partnered with Merlin, independent record labels, artist, tech companies, music companies and organisations for a full programme of panels, workshops, networking drinks, a festival safe space and after-parties.
As part of the official Great Escape Programme, AIM House will feature panels and workshops with speakers including Nadine Shah, Nathan ‘Barley’ Phillips (Tunecore), Hazel Berry (Soundcloud), Aly Gillani (Bandcamp), John Lubbock (Wikimedia UK), Natalia Pages (PIAS) and Chloé van Bergen (Domino) and more.
Panels include case studies on launching debut albums, explorations of artist success stories, and how to grow an artist’s career without cash from CENTRALIZED.
The programme will also feature AIM Member Consolidated Independent (CI), which will challenge leading figures from music and technology to deliver short talks on key topics, and the Strong Opinions presentations will conclude with short Q&As.
AIM House will be based at The Queens Hotel on Brighton’s seafront for the duration of the event with Zebralution and Merlin hosting drinks receptions, giving delegates the opportunity to network.
Paul Pacifico, chief executive officer, AIM says: ‘This year at The Great Escape, we look forward to building on the great success of AIM House’s debut in 2018. AIM House provides a hub and a home for all things independent music at the festival, celebrating both the expertise and values of the AIM independent music community and delivering opportunities for everyone in it.’
Paul Sanders, founder of The state51 Music Group, added: ‘The game changers in the music industry – good and bad – are never just built on opinions. They have deep knowledge and world class skills behind them. I am delighted that CI is working with AIM to provide a platform for the people in music and tech who are really changing the way our world works.’
The Great Escape takes place from 9 to 11 May in Brighton. For more information on AIM House, please visit musicindie.com