A UK music industry trade mission to Russia will bring a combination of executives and artists to Moscow this February to form meaningful relationships between both countries through the exchange of business and artistic expertise.

AIM (The Association of Independent Music) and The British Council are collaborating on the project for the first time, which is taking place as part of the UK-Russia Year of Music 2019 programme. AIM is the non-profit trade body exclusively representing the UK’s independent music sector. Amongst the AIM Members joining the trade mission are some of the UK’s leading independent record labels and associated music businesses, as well as a number of exciting established and up-and-coming artists.

With local experts, AIM is arranging a programme of creative and business collaboration and exchange over the six-day trade mission, following two tracks for executives and artists.

This will include an introduction to the Russian and UK music industry landscapes through keynote presentations, seminars and workshops around key business areas and speed meetings. Valuable networking opportunities will allow the British and Russian industry professionals to connect, and a tour of the city featuring visits to key cultural sites and venues will add context to what the visitors have learned the previous two days.

The three UK artists – Simon Fisher Turner, Andrew Hung (Fuck Buttons) and AGAMA - will be paired with Russian acts and encouraged to share ideas and collaborate. This will culminate in ‘AIM presents: In Collaboration’ taking place on February 28th – a free-to-attend live showcase featuring performances of each artist’s work and exhibiting the results of their time together in the studio.

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