New Association for Independent Music in Ireland
Following a recent meeting of over 60 managers, labels, publishers, producers, promoters, PR agencies, festivals and more from across the independent music sector in Ireland, AIM Ireland (Association of Independent Music Ireland) has now been established.
AIM Ireland will be associated with the Association of Independent Music in the UK, which has over 800 members and represents a quarter of the UK recorded market. The Irish meeting was organised by First Music Contact and was attended by a representative of AIM UK.
As part of the day of discussions on aims and objectives, a 15-person steering committee has now been formed. It includes Peter Maguire (Grassroots Music), Philip Magee (producer), Ann Marie Shields (AMS Records), Aileen Wallace (Bunker Studio), Ken Allen (Faction Records), Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact), Joe Clarke (CWB), Maurane Ramon (Vantastival), Cian Boylan (Camden Recording Studios), Suzanne Doyle (music consultant), Rory McPartland (Tremolo Music Publishing), Sheena Madden (Amplify Agency), Ian Hennessy (Crashed Music), Ruth Medjber (Ruthless Imagery) and Gill Dooley (artist manager).
AIM Ireland will receive funding from the Brussels-based non-profit IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association). Members of the AIM Ireland steering committee have already attended the AIM Connected conference which took place earler this month in London, and in June members will attend the A2IM Indie Week in New York.
Commenting on the new association, Angela Dorgan, Director of First Music Contact, said:
We are so encouraged by the response to this trade group and that the sector can come together like this towards common aims… If we help develop and strengthen those working on the talent pipeline, we can bolster the entire ecosystem for the sector and music from Ireland could be world beaters globally.
AIM Ireland will open for membership in the coming weeks.
For further information, contact First Music Contact: www.firstmusiccontact.com.