Youth Music announced as charity partner for AIM Independent Music Awards 2017

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced that national charity Youth Music is to be its charity partner for AIM’s seventh annual Independent Music Awards to be held on 5th September at The Brewery, London.

The announcement was made at the nominees launch event tonight, held at the House of Vans venue in London.  Nominees for awards this year include Alt-J, Goldfrapp, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Passenger and Stormzy.

Welcoming the announcement, Matt Griffiths, CEO, Youth Music, said:  “We are delighted and grateful to AIM for choosing us as their charity partner for this prestigious awards ceremony.  I hope all those present will agree with our mission to ensure that all children have access to music-making, regardless of background or circumstances.  Our music projects work across all genres and some are already supporting young people facing difficult challenges in their lives to set up independent labels to record and release their own work. We hope that some of them at least might take their place at these awards in future years.  A staggering array of talent has been nominated for Awards this year and we wish them all the best of luck.”

Paul Pacifico, CEO, AIM said: “Youth Music is doing hugely valuable work at grassroots level to encourage many young people to discover and develop their musical talent, as well as supporting them through often challenging young lives. Many of these young people wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to make music, so we’re very pleased to invite Youth Music to join us as charity partner for our seventh annual awards in support of this great work.”


Youth Music supports 350 projects around the country supporting over 75,000 young people in challenging circumstances every year.  The projects support young people to develop practical, creative music-making skills of every possible style and technique with activities including singing, songwriting, learning to play instruments, music-production and performance. Last year, participants composed more than 3,600 tracks and took part in 3,200 performances.

Being charity partner will enable Youth Music to showcase this work to attendees from across the industry at the awards ceremony.  There will also be a collection to support the charity.

Every year the AIM Awards shine a spotlight on the music industry’s independent sector, saluting important figures and honouring emerging talent well ahead of other industry awards. It also celebrates the exciting diversity and growing strength of the industry’s independent sector.


Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people facing challenging circumstances. These challenges include disability, poverty, mental health issues, refugee status or being brought up in care.

Projects take place where they’re needed most, often in areas of great deprivation.

As well as helping young people develop musically, Youth Music projects also improve their personal and social skills, boosting educational and career prospects.

Youth Music believes everyone should have the chance to make music, and invests directly in around 350 projects across the country every year, giving around 75,000 disadvantaged children and young people the opportunity to make music regularly in their local community.

The projects support the development of practical, creative music-making skills of every possible style and technique, with activities including singing, songwriting, instrument learning, music production and performance.

Many participants go on to mentor other children, or to train as music leaders themselves.

Laura Mvula and Rizzle Kicks attended Youth Music projects prior to their rise to fame.

Currently, Youth Music can only support around a third of the applications for funding it receives, and that’s just scratching the surface of the nationwide need. Fundraising is essential for the charity to make a genuine difference and transform many more young lives. Youth Music’s flagship fundraising initiative Give a Gig invites artists, managers and promoters to support the charity’s work by donating some or all of the proceeds of live music events.