Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis to be honoured at Independent Music Awards

He'll become the third recipient of the prestigious Pioneer Award

Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis is to receive the Pioneer Award at this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards.

Travis will collect his Pioneer Award, sponsored by The Orchard, during a ceremony at The Brewery in London’s Clerkenwell on September 3. He’ll become the third recipient of the prestigious prize awarded by the Association of Independent Music (AIM) following Mute’s Daniel Miller and Domino’s Laurence Bell.

AIM chairman Alison Wenham said in a press statement: “Geoff is an icon not just amongst independents but across the whole industry. He shows the way, he inspires, he is and always has been true to his beliefs. We salute you Geoff, from your friends at AIM.”

Travis opened the first Rough Trade record shop in Ladbroke Grove, West London in 1976 and launched the label of the same name two years later. Artists signed to the iconic imprint over the years include The Smiths, The Strokes, The Libertines, Arcade Fire, Alabama Shakes and Palma Violets.

In 1983, Travis set up another label, Blanco Y Negro, whose roster would include The Jesus And Mary Chain, Everything But The Girl and James. Rough Trade still runs a record shop in Ladbroke Grove as well as a second London outlet, Rough Trade East, which has played host to instore gigs by Queens Of The Stone Age and Beady Eye this week.

Other prizes due to be distributed at September’s AIM Independent Music Awards 2013 include Independent Album of the Year, Independent Track of the Year, Best Live Act, Hardest Working Band or Artist and Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album.