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AIM Announces Partnerships with Spotify UK & Ireland, IMRO, Dublin Vinyl, Trigr and TikTok

September 30, 2022

The Irish Association of Independent Music launches its ‘Friends Of’ programme – announcing Spotify UK & Ireland, IMRO, Dublin Vinyl, Trigr and TikTok as new partners.

AIM Ireland day will take place at Ireland Music Week in Dublin, on Wednesday October 5th.

AIM Ireland – Ireland’s trade association for those working independently in music – today announced Spotify UK and Ireland, IMRO, Dublin Vinyl, Trigr and TikTok have officially signed on for its recently launched ‘Friends Of’ programme. A Friend of AIM Ireland is any business in the wider landscape that would like to connect with, support, and do business with the Irish independent music community.

AIM Ireland’s programme caters to a variety of ‘Friends Of’, ranging from large global players to small local businesses – their needs may be very different, but all share a commitment to doing business in sustainable, mutually-beneficial ways with the entrepreneurs of the independent music sector. Becoming a member of AIM Ireland means ‘supporting those who support the artists’.

Speaking about the newly announced programme, Gill Dooley, CEO of AIM Ireland, said: “One of the most integral parts of AIM Ireland is to level the playing field for those who work independently in music in Ireland. We understand how vital a role we can play for organisations such as Spotify & TikTok in terms of their genuine desire to increase outreach and communication with these professionals.

Our ‘Friend Of’ partnership gives us a programme to make this work. We are really excited to see these partnerships result in real life opportunities and learnings for our members. AIM Ireland is very proud to be in a position to champion the Irish indies, and to have local support from Three Ireland, IMRO, Trigr and Dublin Vinyl is invaluable.

Safiya Lambie-Knight, Head of Music, Spotify UK and Ireland said: “We’re incredibly proud to support the vital work that AIM Ireland does in providing community, connection, advocacy and education for the independent music sector in Ireland. Supporting and elevating independent artists and partners is a core part of our work at Spotify, and we’re delighted to become a Friend of AIM Ireland to continue to support and develop opportunities for the Irish independent music community.

Three Ireland is delighted to join as a Friend of AIM Ireland. Music has always been very important to us as a brand and our customers. We look forward working with AIM Ireland to help connect the independent music community to fresh audiences, new stages and exciting opportunities across Ireland through our Three All For Music platform.David Ward – Marketing Director Three Ireland

TikTok’s Head of Label Partnerships, Darina Connolly added: “Independent music is at the heart of our community and consistently inspires users on TikTok. With shared values around supporting artist development and providing a platform for musicians of all levels to develop their craft, we are proud to join as a Friend of AIM Ireland and continue to provide opportunities to the community AIM Ireland represents.

IMRO is delighted to support the important work of AIM Ireland and their mission to promote growth, awareness and opportunities for all those involved in independent music in Ireland”.
Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive.

AIM Ireland represents more than 150 members at present including some of the most well respected and exciting names in independent music in Ireland such as Rubyworks, Diffusion Lab, Faction, Camden Recording Studios, Big & Bright, In Bloom Agency, CWB, Paragon, Singular Artists and many more. The association are members of WIN and IMPALA, and sit on the board of IMPALA.

We are delighted to be an official Friend of AIM Ireland and look forward to collaborating with all the amazing labels and organisations in the cohort.
Gavin Duffy, founder & CEO, Trigr

Independent artist manager, joint CEO of CWB Management and AIM Ireland Chairperson, Joe Clark, concluded, “Becoming a Friend of AIM Ireland is a clear pathway to the independent community. We look forward to welcoming many more ‘Friends Of’, across DSPs, tech, other trade bodies and more. I very much welcome this development, and it marks another leap forward for AIM Ireland.”

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