Music Industry News Network [09-13-2004]
Jeremy Lascelles New Vice-Chairman Of AIM
Jeremy Lascelles, CEO Chrysalis Music Division, has been elected AIM's new Vice-Chairman. The decision was taken by AIM's Board at their September meeting earlier this week.
Jeremy, who was elected to the Board at AIM's 2003 AGM, takes over the post from ex-Board member Peter Quicke (Ninja Tune MD), who retired by rotation at June's AGM.
AIM is the non-profit trade body established in 1998 by UK independent record labels torepresent the independent record sector, 1/4 of the UK market with sales worth £1/2 bn in 2003.
This cutting edge sector generated 30% of UK platinum selling artist albums in 2003 and more 2004 Brit Award nominees than Sony, Warners or EMI.
2004's Mercury Music Prize winners Franz Ferdinand and five out of the 12 nominees were signed or developed by independent labels. 2003's Mercury Music Prize winners Dizzee Rascal and four of the other nominees were also independent signed, as were four of the world's ten most critically acclaimed albums in 2003, as voted by the UK music press.
Other UK independent signed artists include Travis, Feeder, Basement Jaxx, Craig David, British Sea Power, Stereophonics, Nitin Sawnhey, Elbow, Underworld, Paul Weller, Grandaddy, I am Kloot, Mr. Scruff, So Solid Crew, Badly Drawn Boy, White Stripes, Strokes, Royksopp, Libertines, Rae and Christian, Moloko, Lemon Jelly, Martina Topley-Bird, Coldcut, Estelle, Liberty X and thousands of others.
AIM has 850 members, all of whom are UK-based independent record labels or distributors. AIM's remit is to work collectively to enable its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets. AIM has agreed collective deals with Sony Connect, Yahoo, OD2, Wippit and O2 Music through its new media arm Musicindie, and remains the only organisation to have inked deals with both old and new versions of Napster.
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