Billy Bragg to receive Outstanding Contribution to Music gong at AIM Awards

The singer, songwriter and political activist will be honoured 30 years after his debut album was released

Billy Bragg to receive Outstanding Contribution to Music gong at AIM Awards

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Billy Bragg is to be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Music accolade at this years' AIM Independent Music Awards.

The singer, songwriter and long-time political activist released his debut album 'Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy' 30 years ago. He released his 12th studio album 'Tooth And Nail' in March. Commenting on winning the award, Bragg said in a statement: "I was inspired by punk rock, not just by the music but by the DIY ethos that drove the scene. Over the years I've held onto that spirit by working with labels whose commitment to independence has offered me greater control of my output. Therefore, to be recognised by AIM as an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to music is a great honour."

Alison Wenham, AIM charperson, added: "Billy is bottled independent spirit. His ethos, his work ethic, his constant campaigning towards a better deal for musicians the world over – not forgetting a catalogue of great music - earns him AIM's coveted 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Music."

Rough Trade records founder Geoff Travis will receive the Pioneer Award in the third annual AIM awards, which will take place on September 3.

Categories for the 2013 Awards:

Best Live Act
Independent Breakthrough of the Year
Hardest Working Band or Artist
Best Small Label
Special Catalogue Release of the Year
Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival
Independent Video of the Year Indie Champion Award
Best 'Difficult' Second Album Independent Track of the Year PPL Award for Most Played New Artist
Independent Album of the Year Innovator Award
Independent Label of the Year Pioneer Award
Outstanding Contribution to Music

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