The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) is a trade association that represents independent record labels in the United States. A2IM is headquartered in New York City. There are also chapters of A2IM located in Nashville, Chicago, Northern California, Southern California, and the Pacific Northwest.
A2IM launched on July 5, 2005. The organization has some 400 independent music label members and over 150 associate members (companies who don't own masters but rely upon, provide services for, or otherwise support independent music labels). A2IM was preceded by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD) founded in 1972. In 1997 it changed its name to the Association for Independent Music (AFIM). As AFIM, the organization was best known for the annual issuing of Indie Awards, recognizing artistic and commercial success among artists signed to independent music labels. These were known as "NAIRD awards" prior to the name change. The AFIM Indie Awards were last issued in 2003, and the organization dissolved in 2004. The name "Indie Award" has since been adopted by the Canadian Music Week convention.
A2IM's CEO is Richard James Burgess.
The organization's board of directors is composed of the following:
Stephanie Alexa - ATO Records VP of Finance and Licensing
Craig Balsam - Razor & Tie CEO and Co-Founder
Glenn Dicker - Yep Roc Records Founder
Amy Deitz - INgrooves EVP and GM
Andrew Kautz - Big Machine Label Group COO
Martin Mills - Beggars Group Founder/CEO
Louis Posen - Hopeless Records Founder/CEO
Scott Robinson - Dualtone Records CEO/Co-Founder
Tom Silverman - Tommy Boy Founder/CEO
Darius Van Arman - Secretly Label Group Co-Owner
The organization's president's advisory committee is composed of:
Alisa Coleman - ABKO Music and Records COO
Randy Chin - VP Records President
Amit Nerurkar - Mass Appeal Records General Manager .
A2IM is a member of the World Independent Network (WIN). WIN is the organization that includes all of the world's independent music label trade organizations, 26 in all, from the Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, UK, etc.