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Bragg to be honoured at AIM awards

By | Published on Friday 5 July 2013

Billy Bragg

The marvellous Mr Billy Bragg will be presented with the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the Association Of Independent Music’s Independent Music Awards later this year, it was announced yesterday.

Confirming the award for Bragg, AIM boss Alison Wenham told CMU: “Billy is bottled independent spirit. His ethos, his work ethic, his constant campaigning towards a better deal for musicians the world over – not forgetting a catalogue of great music – earns him AIM’s coveted 2013 Outstanding Contribution To Music”.

Meanwhile Bragg himself said: “I was inspired by punk rock, not just by the music but by the DIY ethos that drove the scene. Over the years I’ve held onto that spirit by working with labels whose commitment to independence has offered me greater control of my output. Therefore, to be recognised by AIM as an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to music is a great honour”.

In addition to the award for Bragg, it has already been confirmed that Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis will get the Pioneer Award at the AIM event in London on 3 Sep.