The Assn. For Independent Music (AFIM) is dissolving, effective April 15. All current AFIM members will be offered an opportunity to join NARM. In 2002 and 2003, AFIM held its national convention in c

The Assn. For Independent Music (AFIM) is dissolving, effective April 15.

All current AFIM members will be offered an opportunity to join NARM. In 2002 and 2003, AFIM held its national convention in conjunction with NARM's annual confab.

Newbury Comics COO Duncan Browne, a member of AFIM's executive committee, says the organization's declining revenues could not keep pace with the financial demands of operating the trade group.

Browne will serve as chairman of NARM's newly instituted Independent Music Issue Forum, which will focus on indie issues and initiatives. NARM director of membership and public affairs Holly Rosum will act as internal coordinator of the forum.

Founded in 1972 as the National Assn. of Independent Record Distributors, AFIM suffered severe membership attrition during the '90s as the indies moved from regional to national distribution. During the last decade, start-up and niche-genre labels comprised the bulk of its members.

Last October, AFIM executive director Courtney Proffitt resigned after 18 months on the job. At that point, Proffitt was the trade group's sole full-time employee. She was not replaced.

The dissolution of AFIM comes as plans for a new indie trade body are being mulled. Browne and Rosum say they have had no conversations with organizers of that group.

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