Alison Wenham, founder, chairman and CEO of U.K. indies trade body AIM, is to be honored with an OBE for services to the creative industries.

Wenham will be presented with the OBE (the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace later this year.

Under Wenham's leadership, AIM has established 900 independent label members. In 2006, she was also elected founding president of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network), which comprises more than 25 independent trade associations.

"Alison is like a force of nature," said Simon Raymonde, owner of Bella Union (Fleet Foxes, Midlake) and former Cocteau Twins bassist, in a statement. "The record industry is such a complex one, and to unite a world full of inflated ego and self interest is no mean feat. Knowledge is one thing, it can be accumulated, but judgement and perception are harder to attain, and when so much is at stake, Alison Wenham represents all AIM's members, and the wider musical community. I have to admit to being a bit in awe of Alison's intelligence, determination and vision."

Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills added: "No-one deserves this honor more than Alison. The Queen of the Indies has over the past ten years brought the indie community, here and worldwide, from a standing start to a position of formidable strength and tremendous influence."

Rough Trade Records managing directors Geoff Travis and Jeannette Lee said the OBE for Wenham was "richly deserved." Ninja Tune managing director Peter Quicke added that Wenham has "worked tirelessly to support and protect the vital interests of independent labels."

The Queen's Birthday Honours list also includes a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to music for composer and EMI Classics artist Karl Jenkins, and an OBE for Ian Ralfini, president of Blue Note and Manhattan, for services to the music industry and charitable activities.

Former Velvet Underground member John Cale will receive an OBE, while composer George Benjamin becomes a CBE. Sade producer Robin Millar also becomes a CBE. He has also worked with Randy Crawford, Everything But the Girl, Fine Young Cannibals, Big Country, Eric Clapton and Sting.

Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills and Nash, has been honored on the diplomatic and overseas list with an OBE. He was born near Manchester in the U.K. but became a U.S. citizen.

Tagged