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AIM announces final wave of speakers for flagship conference AIM Connected




The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the final wave of speakers joining its largest conference to date, AIM Connected. The new, flagship event will feature over 150 speakers, 36 panels and three days of interactive workshops and one-on-one networking, taking place from 1-3 April at Studio Spaces in London.

The newly announced speakers comprise an international group of experts from across the music industry and creative sectors including: Philip Selway (Radiohead), Jamz Supernova (BBC Radio 1Xtra), Moses Boyd, Sarah Jackson OBE, David Arnold, Toya Delazy and representatives from Noisey, Stonewall, Beggars Group, Africa Express, YouTube, Kobalt, Deezer and Rough Trade.

They join a word-class list of speakers including Amy Lamé (London Night Czar), Huw Stephens (BBC Music), Mercedes Benson (Complex), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai) and the founders of Hospital Records, Ninja Tune and Transgressive Records.

The first ever AIM Connected will host a number of exciting workshops with leading music service companies including Spotify, BBC Licensing, Amazon Music, Deezer, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, I AM POP and Leaf Grow. These will give attendees a hands-on guide to best practices for the platform, a chance to meet the team, information on how to get in touch and answer any questions and concerns with an interactive Q&A session. Workshop spaces are highly limited and open to ticketholders only. RSVPs will close on Friday 22nd March this week.

A variety of international industry figures will be taking part in speed meetings and one-on-one networking sessions at AIM Connected, creating invaluable opportunities for guests to make important connections and take home practical advice to help them achieve their business goals.

AIM Connected will combine AIM's Indie-Con, Music Connected and Women in Music events along the three tracks of business, tech and people, offering unrivalled insight into the future of music in the digital world and how to grow an independent music business.

Keynote speakers will include cultural critic, filmmaker and Executive Producer of the documentary 'Surviving R Kelly' dream hampton, as well as American Composer, Sound Artist and Music-AI Specialist, Holly Herndon.

The second day of the conference (Tuesday 2nd April) will see AIM Connected partner announce everyone who is being included in their AltList 2019. The AltList aims to challenge the traditional definition of power and give it a new, alternative meaning which acts as a positive contribution to the diversity conversation. The announcement of the list will be followed by a celebratory awards cocktail at the end of the day.

Limited one-day and three-day tickets for this event are available The event is open to both AIM members and non-members.

Subsidised member tickets start from £65+VAT and non-member tickets start from £120+VAT. Lunch, refreshments and networking drinks are included in the ticket price. Discounts are available for members of affiliate organisations.

The full list of newly announced speakers includes: Aaron Tanner (Instrumental), Achal Dhillon (Last Man Music), Achille Nanopoulos (Deezer), Amy Dickens (Samsung Internet), Andreas Ahlenius (AMUSE), Andrew Melchior (3rd Space Agency), Barry Gray (Consolidated Independent), Becky Richardson (Foundation FM), Ben Monaghan (Rough Trade), Billy Cole (Stonewall), Bob Stuart (MQA), Cassie Raine (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts), Chantal Epp(ClicknClear), Charlie Craggs (Activist), Chris Madden (Chris Madden Therapy), Claire Gevaux (Help Musicians UK), Daniel Casimir (Artist), Dave Grinnell (Believe), David Arnold(Composer), David Mogendorff (YouTube), Emily-Jayne Hinds (ACAS), Emma Dabiri (Academic), Emily Hodge (Coaching Emily & The Gentle Life Coach), Francis Gooding (Freelance Columnist & Researcher), Gérald Youna (Beggars Group), Gill Bell (Handle Recruitment), Gina Deacon (Absolute Rights Management), Greg Delaney (Entertainment Intelligence), Greg Lowe (United Talent Agency), Habib Achour (SACEM), Ivy Taylor (Amazon), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra), Josh Jankowski (Arch From), Kate Hendry (Absolute Label Services), Kate Reilly (PPL), Keith Jopling (MIDiA Research), Kiddy Smile (Artist), Lauren Roth de Wolf (Africa Express), Lucy Heyman (Royal College of Music), Malena Wolfer (Believe), Mandy Parnell (Mastering Engineer), Matt Bolton (IMPEL Collective Management), Mazen Murad (Katara Studios), Mel Lewis (BBC R1), Michael Cassidy (FUGA), Michael Dugher (UK Music), Moonchild Sanelly (Artist), Moses Boyd (Artist), Nadine Artois (Pxssy Palace), Nathan Liddle-Hulme (AWAL), Nina Parnaby (ie: music), Nkisi Mwana (Artist), Olga Fitzroy (Parent Pay Equality), Paul Sampson (Lickd), Paul Trueman (Kobalt/AWAL), Philip Selway (Artist - Radiohead), Rupert Vereker (DIY Magazine/Sonic Digital), Sarah El Miniawy (Simsara Music), Sarah Jackson OBE (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts), Sarah Wilson (The Orchard / Shesaidso), Silvia Gargiulo (BIY People & Talent), Suzi Green (Tour Manager/Nutritionist), Tamsin Embleton (Music Industry Therapist Collective), Theresa Adebiyi (Ninja Tune), Tomas Paliunas (Consolidated Independent), Toya Delazy (Artist), Tshepo Mokoena (Noisey/VICE).

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