The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) has announced its schedule of annual holiday events during which it will celebrate its success in 2021. The AIMP will recognize notable contributions to the independent music publishing community from Kris Ahrend and Alisa Coleman for their work with the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), Mitch Glazier of the RIAA, and independent music publishing company Heavy Hitters Music.
On Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. CT, the AIMP Los Angeles Chapter will host its Holiday Awards & Annual Meeting of Members virtually via Zoom. The Chapter will present its Indie Publisher of the Year award to Heavy Hitters Music, and its Individual Award in Support of Songwriters & Publishers to Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA.
“These annual awards are an opportunity for us to honor the best and the brightest organizations and individuals who are making an impact in our indie publisher community,” says Teri Nelson Carpenter, President of the AIMP Los Angeles Chapter. “After the untimely passing of Heavy Hitters Music co-founder Cindy Badell Slaughter this year, the company has managed to press on, achieving tremendous growth and success securing placements for its artists and clients this year. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments while honoring Cindy’s memory. Meanwhile, Mitch Glazier has been a great collaborator for the independent music publishing community through his work at the RIAA, working with the publishing community to pursue policies that are mutually beneficial for labels and publishers. We look forward to recognizing his contributions with our members.”
On Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. CT, the AIMP New York Chapter will host a virtual event to present their Indie Spirit Award to Alisa Coleman (Board Chair) and Kris Ahrend (CEO) of The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC). Ahrend and Coleman have worked together since the formation of The MLC to address the concerns of the independent music publishing community.
“We are thankful to The MLC for their important work to ensure that indie music publishers receive accurate and timely mechanical royalties,” shares Michael Lau, President of the AIMP New York Chapter. “We look forward to closing out the year by honoring Alisa and Kris, and looking back on all the great work our New York Chapter members have done throughout the year.”
Due to the recent spike in COVID cases, the Nashville Chapter will not be holding an in-person general member event, but will hold a small event for Board members and its Young Professionals Committee. The Chapter’s all-member December meeting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. CT via Zoom.
“As we wrap up the year, we want to thank all of our members for their support and participation in the AIMP in general throughout the year,” comments John Ozier, AIMP National Chair and President of the Nashville Chapter. “While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to throw us curveballs, we are happy to have begun the process of moving back to in-person events, and are thrilled to have had the opportunity to see many of our members face to face over the course of the year. We are hopeful to see even more of you in 2022.”
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