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AIM announces launch of new report on music distribution

By | Published on Friday 11 October 2019


The Association Of Independent Music yesterday announced the launch, next month, of ‘Distribution Revolution’, a new report produced for AIM by our consultancy unit CMU Insights exploring the changing role of the music distributor in the streaming age.

The report looks at the key services artists and labels need to get their music streaming, and also reviews how many distribution businesses have expanded the ways that they work with independent record companies, increasingly moving into so called artist and label services.

It then explains the options now available to indie labels – including single artist labels – who are seeking a new distributor, outlining what questions should be asked before selecting any new partner, for distribution and beyond.

The report will launch on 13 Nov, with a workshop and launch event for AIM members. There is more information on the report here, and you can sign up to receive a PDF copy by email as soon as it is published here.

The launch of ‘Distribution Revolution’ was announced during AIM’s Annual General Meeting yesterday, which had the theme of knowledge and trust, and also put the spotlight on other AIM initiatives designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge within the music community, including a new partnership with BBC Music.

Meanwhile the trade body’s Chair, Ninja Tune’s Peter Quicke, talked about the music industry’s role in the ongoing climate crisis debate. That also linked into knowledge exchange, and AIM’s role in sharing information within the indie community on how its members can become more environmentally sustainable businesses.

Finally, in the formal part of the proceedings, Daniel Miller from Mute Artists, Hannah Overton from Secretly Group, Jeff Bell from Partisan Records and Yvette Griffith from Jazz Re:freshed were all elected onto the AIM board.