21 April 2020


We’re pleased to announce that the submissions deadline for the AIM Independent Music Awards 2020 is being extended until 4th May!

This is, of course, a difficult time for many of our members and the wider independent community. For companies fighting for survival, awards will not be at the top of the agenda, and we took this into consideration when making the decision to extend submissions, as well as the decision to make the all submissions FREE for members this year.

We hope this can give you something positive to look forward to in the autumn, when the independent community comes together to celebrate our incredible music and businesses! This could well be your year – make sure you get your entries in before the deadline on

To be eligible, submissions must be released between 29th June 2019 and 4th May 2020. This year, they are also open to the Republic of Ireland. Please note – to make a submission, you must create a new account on, regardless of whether you have made a submissions account for previous years or have a membership account for

The following categories are now open for entries, including the new addition for 2020, Best Independent Remix!

International Breakthrough
Best Independent Video
UK Independent Breakthrough
Best Creative Packaging
Best Live Act
Best Independent Album
One to Watch
Best Independent Track
Best Independent Remix – new!
Best [Difficult] Second Album
Best Small Label (AIM Member submissions only)
Indie Champion (AIM Member submissions only)

Winners of the below categories are decided by the AIM Board, our judging panel and data from PPL without nominations:

Best Independent Label
Innovator Award
Outstanding Contribution To Music
Pioneer Award
PPL Award For The Most Played New Independent Artist



A reminder that with some consideration given to the effects of Covid-19, we have made submissions FREE for all Members (Rightsholders, Distributors and Friends of AIM). We welcome multiple entries from all independent record companies, self-releasing artists and individuals.

To access categories exclusive to the AIM Rightsholder membership and discounted submission rates, you will need your Member ID. If you are unsure of your Member ID, please log into AIM’s newly-launched website to access it. If you haven’t yet logged into the new site, please enter your usual login details. You will then be prompted to create a new password. If you have any issues logging in, please contact AIM at or +44 (0) 2037710400.



Category sponsorship is still available for some AIM Awards categories. For more information or to receive a sponsorship deck, please contact our Friend of AIM manager Callum Johnson: / 020 37710401