AIM Partners with Tileyard North to Support Local Independent Musicians

AIM partners with Tileyard North
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AIM partners with Tileyard North
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Photo Credit: AIM (Nick Keynes & Ben Wynter)

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced a partnership with Tileyard North to help support England’s independent music sector.

AIM will have a dedicated space at Tileyard North, which opened in 2023 with its sights set on becoming the UK’s largest creative community outside of London. AIM’s Director of Business Development & Partnerships, Ben Wynter, will split his time between London and Wakefield as he oversees AIM’s ‘Regions and Nations’ program in the area.

The non-profit says it is set to engage in a series of activities in collaboration with Tileyard North—aiming to enrich the regional music landscape. These activities provide a platform for industry professionals, fostering connections, and facilitating the exchange of ideas. Furthermore, AIM members will be able to take advantage of discounted rates on both permanent and plug-and-play creative space at Tileyard North.

AIM says the partnership will help fortify both AIM and Tileyard’s joint commitment to supporting the music industry and creative talent. AIM’s series of regional and national round tables seek to create meaningful two-way dialogue with each local community to help AIM understand and address the community’s unique needs. It also aims to provide targeted support for local music businesses and communities. This is essential to AIM’s objective of helping create sustainable music ecosystems beyond London.

“At our 2022 AGM, we pledged to strengthen our engagement with regions and nations outside London and the Southeast of England, and this collaboration is the first in many steps that see us doubling down on that commitment,” Ben Wynter adds about the new partnership, which he helped orchestrate. “Our collective aspiration is to eliminate the necessity for talented creatives and industry professionals to relocate to London in pursuit of success.”

“As long-time supports of all that AIM does to help independent musicians and labels, Tileyard is delighted to announced our new partnership with this fantastic organization,” adds Nick Keynes, Co-Founder of Tileyard North.

“Ben Wynter’s vision is completely aligned with ours and his pledge to build a home for AIM at our Tileyard North campus in Wakefield is testament to our shared aspiration to increase the opportunities for creative talent to incubate, develop, and thrive in the North of England.