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Submissions Are Open For This Year's AIM Awards
Patrick Clarke , March 26th, 2021 16:11

The awards celebrating the very best in the UK's independent music sector will take place in September

After perhaps the toughest year in living memory for the arts, the AIM Independent Music Awards will celebrate the very best in the sector at their virtual ceremony on September 7, and submissions are now open for this year's edition.

This year's awards see the introduction of two new categories, Best Live [Streamed] Act and Diversity Champion, the latter of which will honour "individuals working in music who have dedicated themselves to achieve something extraordinary in the cause of diversity, equity and inclusion, and demonstrated a desire and drive to level the playing field in their work or business."

Submissions are open from now until midday on May 4, and can be made here. They are are open to all, and free for AIM's rightsholder and independent distributor members. The One To Watch, Best Independent Remix, Best Small Label and Diversity Champion are free for anyone to enter. You can see the full list of categories here.

AIM CEO Paul Pacifico said: "In a year like no other, the brilliance of independent music has cut through and brought hope to displace despair. Our community has held out its hands to offer emotional, cultural and financial support to those in need, while demonstrating incredible resilience and agility in response to the double whammy of COVID-19 and Brexit.

"We still face enormous challenges and there is much work to do, but our Awards are a moment in the year to come together and celebrate what we do best – make and release outstanding music!"