The keynote speech at the annual general meeting of the U.K.'s Association of Independent Music (AIM) on June 28 will be delivered by pioneering British Asian musician/producer Nitin Sawhney.

Described by AIM as "a latter day Renaissance man in the worlds of music, dance, theatre and film," the currently-unsigned Sawhney is recording his eighth album, "London Undersound" at the moment. Until recently signed to V2, he has scored over 40 films, as well as TV ads for companies such as Nike and beauty products retailer Sephora. During his 10-year career as a multi-instrumentalist musician, producer and songwriter/composer, Sawhney has worked with a string of major names including Paul McCartney, Sting and Jeff Beck.

The independent labels body's eighth AGM takes place during the London Calling music trade convention (June 28-29) at London's Earls Court Exhibition Centre. The meeting, in the venue's Brompton Hall, will see four new board members elected, following the retirement of Richard Brown (SOMA), Kevin McKay (Breastfed Records), Mark Richards (Independiente) and David Steele (V2 Music).

Nominees are: Andy Macdonald (Independiente); Paul Shedden (Shed Publishing); Pete Moore (Screaming Talent); Ronnie Gurr (Luna Records); Geoff Kempin (Eagle Rock Entertainment); Safta Jaffery (J&S Construction); Trevor McNamee (Jalapeno Records); Roo Pigott (Alamo Music); Peter Pritchard (Media Records) and Sir Harry Cowell (Private and Confidential Records). AIM has 800 independent label members.

The association is sponsoring the U.K. Pavilion at London Calling for the second year running. The Pavilion offers a meeting point for U.K. independent labels, publishers and managers to liaise with international delegates.

On June 28, AIM is also organizing an associated showcase at the local Cobden Club venue, under the banner London Calling Presents: AIM Independent Sessions. The acts showcased at the event will be urban vocalist Nate James (Morethan4 Records) and folk-pop duo Nizlopi (FDM Records). The showcase is sponsored by web-based royalty processing operation Royalty Share. Back at Earls Court on June 29, AIM is hosting a London Calling panel session on TV and film synchronisation licensing.

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