AIM Sync is the UK’s leading sync licensing conference – a key moment in the year for the global music sync community to come together in the iconic Barbican Centre on 30 March, share insights, make connections and close deals.
Alongside AIM Connected, it’s one of the flagship conferences that we organise here at the Association of Independent Music – for us, it is the event for any sync expert. ‘But why?’, we hear you ask. Let us fill you in with five of the top reasons that this is unmissable for the global rightsholder and sync communities!
1. AIM Sync is the only specialist music sync conference in the UK
This makes it the key moment of the year for the sync sector to come together with the huge range of record labels, publishers and rightsholders that make up the AIM community, which ranges from self-releasing artists to some of the largest, most respected music businesses in the word.
The connection between these two communities is an increasingly important symbiotic relationship within music, and whichever side of the fence you’re on, the opportunities to gain key knowledge and make deals here is huge and unrivalled.
2. The networking opportunities
AIM Sync brings together a vast selection of world-leading international music supervisors working across film, TV, gaming, advertising, brands and more. Once again we’re joining forces with The Guild of Music Supervisors to expand the conference’s network of expert speakers and placing it at the heart of the music supervision world.
These international buyers will take part in listening sessions, workshops, speed meetings and networking sessions throughout the day. Speed meetings allow delegates to book one-on-one slots with the supervisors of their choice, creating valuable opportunities for sync professionals and business leaders to make high-quality connections and receive practical guidance to help them achieve their goals.
Facilitating deals is our goal, meaning, for companies operating in this area, attending AIM Sync is a no-brainer!
3. Two brand new awards
For the first time at AIM Sync this year, two awards will be presented at the evening reception – ‘Independent Sync of the Year’ and ‘Music Supervisor of the Year’.
These are intended to be fun and informal, brought in to celebrate and showcase innovative uses of independent music in the sync and brands landscape. They are a great opportunity to submit creative and interesting sync stories and recognise the heroes pushing the boundaries and championing independent music!
‘Independent Sync of the Year’ will go to an independent label or self-releasing artist who has an interesting sync story to tell and will be judged by top music supervisors from The Guild of Music Supervisors’ community, while ‘Music Supervisor of the Year’ will be judged by a panel of experts from the AIM membership.
Submissions for these awards are free for ticketholders and £50 for non-delegates. They’re open until 4thMarch, so if you have an outstanding sync candidate, get nominating!
4. Case studies give you a chance to hear direct from supervisors how the sync process works and what they’re looking for.
A highlight of the AIM Sync programming is the incredible case studies, which feature top music supervisors and rightsholders discussing their work across some of the most prolific sync projects in the world.
This year, case studies include Hospital Records’ stand-out sync project with the Microsoft game ‘Forza Horizon’, a deep dive into the music featured in one of the hottest shows of the year, Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’, as well as the story of tracking down a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A Changin’, which became the anthem for The Crown’s series three global trailer. There are still more sessions to be booked and more case studies to come! You can check out the full schedule on the AIM Sync website.
5. Listening sessions give you a chance to hear direct feedback from music supervisors on what you need to get synced
Three listening sessions will give every delegate the opportunity to submit a track and the chance to receive direct feedback on the day from supervisors, with tips and advice on what they need to get synced. This year, these sessions will be split into ‘ads & brands’, ‘apps & games’ and ‘film & TV’. Hear direct from the people picking the syncs what they’re looking for, and how you can choose what to send them most effectively.
So there you have it! Tickets are available now from aimsync.co.uk, starting at £125+VAT for AIM Members. Lunch, refreshments and networking drinks are included in the ticket price and discounts are available for members of affiliate organisations.
For those looking to learn the basics of securing a sync deal in the lead-up to AIM Sync, AIM Academy is running a primer event named ‘How to Get Started in Sync’ on 11 March at Signature Brew, London. Tickets for this warm-up work shop are available here starting from £35+VAT.
Tickets are available now at aimsync.co.uk
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is the not-for-profit trade body exclusively representing the UK’s independent music sector, which makes up a quarter of the recorded music market. Now in its 20th year, AIM’s members range from the largest, most respected record labels and associated music businesses in the world to self-releasing artists and the next generation of entrepreneurs in music. AIM promotes and supports this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services, commercial opportunities and practical help to members; enabling them to innovate, grow and break into new markets.