For 35 years, Alison has worked in the music industry, and is one of the most experienced and well known international practitioners in the business.
Founding AIM in 1999, she has been Chairman and CEO since inception, and in the last ten years has guided its growth and influence to become one of the most respected and successful trade associations in the world.
AIM members represent over 5% of the UK market. Independents are the acknowledged creative backbone of the industry, developing new trends, new artists and adopting new technologies ahead of the multinationals.
Alison’s focus and core remit is to work collectively to enable its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets. This increasingly demands leadership at an international level.
Alison has developed AIM’s strength and visibility in representing the British music industry SMEs at a political level, working closely with relevant government departments to shape and advise on legislation relevant to the industry.
Prior to founding AIM, Alison was MD at BMG Entertainment International (UK), having sold Conifer Records (which under her direction had grown to be the UK’s largest independent record and distribution company in the specialist music field) to BMG in 1994.
In 2006 Alison was elected as founding Chairman of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network comprising over 25 independent trade associations representing thousands of independent music companies globally). She is a founding Board Member of IMPALA (the European organisation representing the interests of small record companies and publishers in Europe), a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a Board Director of Merlin, the independent global rights licensing agency, and also UKMusic, the body representing the UK Music Industry; she attends PPL and VPL Board meetings and sits on a variety of government and industry committees.
In 2006, Alison was inducted into the MMF Roll of Honour , and in March 2009 she was presented with a Special Achievement award by Music Week, for 10 years of AIM. She has featured in Billboard’s Top Women in Music every year since publication.
In 2010, Alison was honoured with an OBE.