Established in 1999, the London-based Assn. of Independent Music represents the interests of more than 850 independent music companies based in the United Kingdom, including such indie luminaries as Domino, Bella Union, Mute, Warp, Cooking Vinyl and XL Recordings, as well as numerous bedroom startups and DIY operations. Led by chairman/CEO Alison Wenham, the nonprofit organization provides training and business support to its members, as well as lobbying government to ensure policies are supportive of the indie sector. “AIM’s principle mission is to level the playing field so that all companies, irrespective of size, have a fair chance of competing,” says Wenham, who also is founding chairman of the Worldwide Independent Network and helped set up AIM’s U.S.-focused sister organization, the American Assn. of Independent Music. Foremost on her agenda is the campaign for greater copyright protection, while AIM and WIN’s day-to-day focus remains dedicated to ensuring the global indie community continues to receive the tools and support to not just exist, but thrive. “We are very proud to oversee a sector that managed to achieve nearly 30% market share in the U.K.,” she says. “In a fluctuating business market, independents showed that their agility, flexibility and pragmatism prevailed.” —Richard Smirke