April 12, 2013 13:02

Association of Independent Music Awards to return for 2013

Awards set for third year with hosts Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens

Association of Independent Music Awards to return for 2013

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The annual Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards are set to return in 2013 with DJs Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens confirmed to host this year's ceremony.

Returning for a third year, the AIM Awards will take place on September 3 and have this year introduced new awards for Independent Track and Independent Video Of The Year. A series of AIM Awards Warm Up shows curated by the judging panel will also take place throughout the summer in the run-up to the ceremony itself. Judges on the panel include hosts Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens as well as NME's Eve Barlow.

Speaking about the ceremony, Alison Wenham, Chairman of AIM says: "Anyone who attended last year’s event will know that there is no pretence around the AIM Awards – it’s simply a brilliant show spotlighting some of the most talented artists and businesses around. And there is nothing else like it in the industry, a fact of which we are very proud. We intend to take the AIM awards to a new level each year, meaning that fans, artists and indies will benefit from the exposure we can now deliver."

Last years winners included Adele, The Prodigy, Alt-J and Edwyn Collins in addition to as Simon Raymonde of Bella Union, Daniel Miller of Mute and label of the year 4AD.

Categories for the 2013 Awards will be:

Best Live Act
Independent Breakthrough of the Year (sponsored by 7Digital)
Hardest Working Band or Artist
Best Small Label
Special Catalogue Release of the Year
Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival (sponsored by UK Music)
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
Independent Label of the Year (sponsored by Coutts)
Pioneer Award (sponsored by The Orchard)
Outstanding Contribution to Music (sponsored by eMusic)


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