AIM’s Indie-Con, a unique new conference devised for independent labels and artists.

Starting Date / Time:5th July 2012 9.30am

Finishing Date / Time:6th July 2012 5pm

Venue:Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, SE1 9DD

Standard ticket price:£120.00

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Further information

Indie-Con logoIntroducing AIM’s Indie-Con, a unique new conference devised for independent labels and artists. Come along to make contacts, further your knowledge of the music industry and to hear how other labels and artists are succeeding.

The inaugural Indie-Con will bring together the independent music sector for 1.5 days of workshops, panels, presentations and interviews with key players in the industry. The event will provide opportunities for labels and artists to develop their businesses whilst networking and making useful new contacts. Larger panels and presentations will take place downstairs in the Banqueting Hall, whilst more intimate panels and interviews will be held upstairs in The Court Room.

The River Room bar, a beautiful space overlooking The River Thames, will be open throughout both days for networking drinks. A delicious networking buffet lunch will be included for delegates on both days (excl of drinks).



The conference runs all day on Thursday 5th July, and for morning and lunch on Friday 6th July.  The AIM AGM then takes place on the afternoon of 6th, to which all AIM members will be invited (please note non members will not be permitted access to the AIM AGM).

Sessions during the 1.5 days will include:

Music Publishing 101

The essentials of music publishing, whether you’re a label looking to set up your own publishing arm, or a songwriter looking to get a publishing deal.
Panellists include: Theo Seffusatti (Warp Music Publishing), Blair McDonald (Nettwerk One Music), Paulette Long (Westbury Music). Chair – Sharon Dean (Respect Music).

Fan engagement and online marketing 

Three expert independent music marketeers each present a digital marketing campaign of their own, and one they particularly admire by someone else.
Panellists include: Kurt Lane (Domino), Matt Riley (Hospital Records), Darren Hemmings (Motive Unknown). Chair – Dave Haynes (Sound Cloud).

How to get your international royalties

Speakers include: Charlie Philips (AIM), Tony Morley (The Leaf Label), Henry Thomas (Domino Recording Co) & Rob Gruschke (Beggars Group)

Getting your music on the radio

Panellists include: Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), Matt Jamison (Amazing Radio). Chair – Simon Raymonde (Bella Union)

Running a great small label

Panellists include: Merida Sussex (Stolen Recordings), Charlene Hegarty (Smalltown America), Al Mobbs (Ambiguous Records), Alex Di Savoia (Aardvark Records). Chair – Alison Wenham (AIM)

Music videos: making, promoting and monetising

Panellists: Ben Thornley (Sitcom Soldiers), Caroline Bottomley (Radar Music Videos), Eric Mackay (Vevo), Rupak Rahman (IMD Fastrax), TBC (MTV)Chair: Joe Taylor (Record of the Day).

Around the world in 80 waysfunding for getting your business and artists overseas

Panellists include: Laura Whitticase (PRS For Music Foundation), Huey Walker (Arts Council England), Emma Hill (UK Trade & Investment), Crispin Parry (British Undergound). Chair – Phil Patterson (UK Trade & Investment).

Approaching the media and music PR

Panellists include: Sean Adams (Drowned in Sound), Katie Riding (Bang on PR), Matt Wilkinson (NME), Paul Stokes (Q), Joe Muggs (MixMag). Chair – Al Mobbs (Ambiguous Records).

On the road
creating a successful live career for your artist

Panellists include: Malcolm Haynes (Glastonbury Dance Village), Ruth Barlow (Beggars Group), Geoff Meall (The Agency Group), Be Rozzo (Barfly Group, The Fly), Andy Allen (Backstreet Merchandise). Chair: Keith Harris (PPL).

Music managers round table

How do managers see the current music market, what are their current priorities, what business models do they believe in, and what are their views on independent labels?
Panellists include: Marc Connor (AIRMTM – Jamie Cullum). Chair – Tim Ingham (Music Week)

Never mind the politics

Those in the know discuss the current legislative programme – how well are rightsholders protected and supported by current laws and goverment, and what does the future hold?
Panellists include Sean Simon (UK Music), Andy Heath (Beggars Group).  Chair: Alison Wenham (AIM)

Let’s get physical: manufacturing, packaging and distribution

Panellists include: Karen Emanuel (Key Production), Simon Wills (Absolute Marketing & Distribution).

Show me the money! Sourcing investment for independent labels

Presentation from: Davin McDermott (RSM Tenon)

Don’t you just love the majors?

Advocates of independence discuss the major A&R process, how majors treat their artists and the impact on indies of the proposed Universal-EMI merger.
Panellists include: Helen Smith (Impala), Martin Mills (Beggars Group), John Dyer (Domino), Peter Quicke (Ninja Tune), Robert Fripp (guitarist). Chair – Alison Wenham (AIM).

Plus more speakers TBA in the coming weeks…


Thursday 5th July 2012

9.30am – Registration (tea and coffee provided)

10.30am – Sessions commence

12.45pm – Lunch (networking buffet lunch provided)

2.15pm – Sessions resume

5pm – Close

Friday 6th July 2012

9.30am – Registration (tea and coffee provided)

10.30am – Sessions commence

12.15pm – Lunch (networking buffet lunch provided)

2pm – Event closes

2.30pm – AIM AGM (***Members and invited guests only***)


Tickets are priced at £50+VAT for AIM members / Friends of AIM and at £150 +VAT for non members. Tickets are highly limited and this event may well sell out!

Until the 15th June AIM members / Friends of AIM can purchase tickets for £40+VAT, whilst non-members can get tickets for only £100+VAT.

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