Association of Independent Music

  1. The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

    February 06, 2014 4:57 PM EST It only makes sense at this year's Midem, the preeminent global music conference, a large contingent of Billboard's International Power Player list would be in attendance. Here, at Billboard's event honoring longtime U2 manager Paul ...

  2. R.I.P. Terri Anderson, Former Billboard Contributor and U.K. Music Biz Veteran

    May 28, 2013 11:14 AM EDT Terri Anderson, much respected in the U.K. industry as both a trade press journalist and as a corporate communications executive at the BPI, EMI Music, MCPS-PRS and AIM, died last Friday (May 24) after a battle with cancer. She was 66. Anderson ...

  3. Martin Mills Receives Billboard’s Industry Icon Award

    January 27, 2013 9:07 AM EST Above (from left): Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, Beggars Group founder and Billboard Industry Icon Award winner Martin Mills, Reed Midem CEO Paul Zilk and Midem director Bruno Crolot. (Photo: MIDEM/D'Halloy/Image & Co) Martin M ...

  4. SoundExchange Top $1 Billion in Total Payouts, Surpasses $100 Million in Q1

    June 18, 2012 11:28 AM EDT SoundExchange announced Monday it has paid out $1 billion in digital performance royalties to record labels and recently topped $100 million in a single quarter for the first time. The organization paid out $108.6 million in the first quarter of 2 ...

  5. Martin Mills, Beggars Group CEO, Honored by IMPALA

    February 02, 2012 5:23 PM EST Martin Mills, founder and CEO of the Beggars Group, has been awarded the 2011 IMPALA Outstanding Contribution Award, in recognition of his achievements in the independent sector. Mills, who set-up Beggars Banquet in 1974, initially as a London cha ...

  6. Bjork, Domino Records' Laurence Bell To Receive AIM Independent Music Awards

    August 24, 2011 2:08 PM EDT The Association of Independent Music has announced that Björk and Domino Records founder Laurence Bell will each take home the inaugural Independent Music Awards at a ceremony this fall. Björk will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music tro ...

  7. Three Arrested Over Sony Warehouse Fire During London Riots -- 25 Million Discs Destroyed

    August 11, 2011 9:49 AM EDT Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday in connection with the fire that destroyed Sony DADC's warehouse during the London riots Monday , gutting the inventories of more than 150 independent labels. According to a BBC report this morning, two ...

  8. LabelLove Campaign Launched to Raise Money for Labels Affected by Sony Warehouse Fire

    August 10, 2011 7:40 AM EDT A campaign has been initiated to raise money for the labels that were affected by the fire that destroyed Sony's distribution center in London Monday night, according to The Guardian . The LabelLove website allows fans to donate money to the ...

  9. U.K.'s AIM Announces Inaugural Independent Music Awards for November

    July 04, 2011 9:00 AM EDT The Fourth of July might celebrate the United States' liberation from its original U.K. masters, but Independence Day today sees the unveiling of the AIM Independent Music Awards, the first-ever dedicated ceremony hailing the U.K. indies sect ...

  10. Guest Blogger: Jay Frank on Breaking the Digital Oligopoly

    March 30, 2011 8:27 AM EDT (This was originally posted by Jay Frank ( @repojay ) at his blog, FutureHit.DNA . Jay is SVP of Music Strategy for CMT, author of the book Futurehit.DNA and a member of Billboard's Twitter 140 list of the most influential music industry blog ...

  11. Cocker Says 6 Music Delay Would Be 'Dirty Trick'

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jarvis Cocker , the former Pulp frontman turned solo artist, issued a rallying cry in defense of BBC 6 Music , the U.K. modern rock and alternative radio station under threat of closure. Cocker, who joined 6 Music as a presenter at the beginning o ...

  12. ISPs Hit Out As U.K. P2P Consultation Ends

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music industry umbrella trade group U.K. Music has given its backing to suspension of Internet accounts of file-sharers "as a last resort," while Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have shown their strong resistance to any technical s ...

  13. Big Hitters React To Mercury Nominations

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alternative acts Kasabian and Bat for Lashes have both expressed their delight to Billboard.biz at being nominated for the 2009 Barclaycard Music Prize. The acts were among the nominees present at the Hospital club in London today (July 21) for th ...

  14. AIM Members Urge BBC To Back Indies

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A vote of the AIM membership has approved a proposal for the U.K. independent music companies' trade body to lobby the BBC to play a wider range of independent music on national top 40 station Radio 1 and AC network Radio 2. The proposal won ...

  15. Comes With Music U.K. Sales Figure Claim

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has declined to confirm a claim that U.K. sales of its Comes With Music unlimited offering have only reached 23,000. The figure emerged as Nokia rolls out the service in Sweden and Germany. The claim was made by digital music consultancy Mus ...

  16. MusicFirst Coalition Lobbies Congress On Performance Right

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a move to bolster its campaign to get Congress to pass the Performance Right Act, which calls for artists and master rights owners to be compensated when their songs are played on terrestrial radio, the musicFirst coalition visited the halls of ...

  17. U.K. Music Launches As One Voice For Biz

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, a new umbrella organization for the British music industry, is officially open for business and will begin by addressing the thorny issue of illegal file-sharing. The industry body launched today (Oct. 27) and will aim to be one voice ...

  18. UKMusic Launches To Represent British Biz

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new organization, UKMusic, has launched with the support of eight trade bodies from the U.K. music industry. UKMusic officially began work on Sept. 25 after British Music Rights (BMR) - which represented the views of composers and songwriters to ...

  19. Mixed Bag Of Mercury Nominees Unveiled

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock veteran Robert Plant squares off against teenage singer/songwriter Adele on the 12-album shortlist for the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, announced in London this morning. The list reflects "a remarkably rich year for British music," ...

  20. AIM Mission Takes Another Bite Of Big Apple

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British trade body the Association of Independent Music will bring a contingent of 19 music firms when it embarks on a third trade mission to New York next week. Participants in the Oct. 15-19 mission, entitled "AIM 4 America," include A ...

  21. Multi-platinum Melua Heads Impala Honors

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based singer-songwriter Katie Melua's sophomore album "Piece By Piece" album leads off a new batch of European sales awards from Brussels-based pan-European independent labels body Impala. "Piece by Piece," released S ...

  22. AIM Strikes Pact With U.K. Podcasters

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the Association of Independent Music has forged a deal with the U.K. Podcasters Association to promote full-length tracks to licence for legal podcasts. As part of the deal, UKPA members have preferential access to take out a licen ...

  23. EMI U.K. Catalog Available Via Playlouder

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music U.K. has made its catalog available through the ISP and bundled subscription service Playlouder. The deal, unveiled today, will allow Playlouder MSP subscribers to access and share DRM protected music as part of their monthly subscriptio ...

  24. AIM Answers MoS Accusations

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST British trade body AIM has returned fire at defecting member, Ministry of Sound. MoS had announced Feb. 23 it was quitting AIM in protest at pan-European trade body Impala's agreement with Warner Music Group, which was intended to smooth the ...

  25. MoS Gripe With AIM Rumbles On

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Dance music giant Ministry of Sound has stepped up its war of words against the Association of Independent Music, ahead of the trade body's emergency board meeting tomorrow morning. MoS, by way of its legal representatives, has accused AIM an ...

  26. 'Shocked' MoS Quits AIM Over Impala, WMG Pact

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Leading London-based dance music specialist Ministry of Sound today (Feb. 23) confirmed that it has resigned from U.K. trade body the Association of Independent Music over its support of the Impala decision to back Warner Music Group's approa ...

  27. Banks Honored By Music Manager Forum

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Event held April 19 in London. Simon Banks, manager of U.K. breakthrough artist K.T. Tunstall for SB Management, will tonight be presented with the music manager of the year 2006 trophy, sponsored by Vodafone, at the Music Managers Forum’s annual ...

  28. Britain's AIM Unlocks China Stream Pact

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Association of Independent Music is powering on in China. After establishing a presence there last year, the trade body today (April 10) unveiled a groundbreaking agreement to stream music The U.K.'s Association of Independent ...

  29. Brit Indies Set For Mission To India

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST A delegation of independent British music firms will embark later this week on a trade mission to India, the world's second most populous country and the 23rd largest music market in value. A delegation of independent British music firms will ...

  30. O2 Launches U.K. Mobile Music Service, Eyes Europe

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Downloading music directly over a cell-phone network to a mobile phone has become a reality in the United Kingdom and Ireland with the launch this week of the new SX1 device, developed by handset manu Downloading music directly over a cell-phone n ...

  31. O2 Launches U.K. Mobile Music Service, Eyes Europe

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Downloading music directly over a cell-phone network to a mobile phone has become a reality in the United Kingdom and Ireland with the launch this week of the new SX1 device, developed by handset manu Downloading music directly over a cell-phone n ...

  32. iTunes Surpasses 100M Milestone

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store has sold its 100 millionth legal download. The computer giant says the milestone was reached when Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas, yesterday downloaded "Somersault (D Apple Computer's iTunes Music S ...

  33. iTunes Surpasses 100M Milestone

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store has sold its 100 millionth legal download. The computer giant says the milestone was reached when Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas, yesterday downloaded "Somersault (D Apple Computer's iTunes Music S ...

  34. AIM Launches Digital-Music Licensing Venture

    January 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Musicindie, the new-media unit of U.K. independent labels trade body Association of Independent Music (AIM), is launching a new digital-music licensing venture called Rightsrouter. Musicindie, the new-media unit of U.K. independent labels trade bo ...