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Moses Boyd wins AIM award

Thu 13 August 2020

The TL alum was named UK Independent Breakthrough at last night’s virtual ceremony

Breakout star of the London jazz scene and Mercury Prize nominee Moses Boyd took home UK Independent Breakthrough in association with YouTube Music at the tenth anniversary AIM Independent Music Awards.

In the AIM press release, drummer, producer and band leader Moses commented –

“I’m really privileged for this particular award because I pride myself on being an independent artist and I think it’s really important in 2020 that artists coming up understand what it takes to make a product, what it takes to make a record, what’s required of an artist.

“I think the industry has changed so much. A lot more control and freedom is being handed back over to creatives, so I think it’s important that musicians and artists understand that, and hopefully this can be some sort of inspiration for those trying to follow in the sort of path of the independent artist.”

Other alumni nominated for awards were Joe Armon-Jones (Best [Difficult] Second Album), KOKOROKO (UK Independent Breakthrough) and Ayanna Witter-Johnson (Best Live Act), while Femi Koleoso led a live tribute to Tony Allen that featured fellow alum Nubya Garcia.

Earlier this summer, Moses joined a panel of creators and changemakers to discuss his development as an independent artist and what he has learned working within the music industry today. Watch on our YouTube channel.

Visit the AIM website for a full list of nominees and winners.

To find out more about our music programmes, visit our study pages.