The annual awards show honours UK acts signed to independent labels, with this year's nominations led by heavy metal group Enter Shikari, who have nods for Best Live Act, Hardest Working Band and Independent Album of the Year, for their third album, 'A Flash Flood of Colour'.
Award categories also include Most Played Independent Act, Independent Album of the Year and Best Independent Festival.
The awards will be hosted by radio DJs and longstanding champions of independent music, Huw Stevens and Steve Lamacq.
Steve said: ''It raises the profile of the indie sector - but it's also very valuable in bringing indie label heads together for a night to swap advice and discuss the future.
''And on top of that it's terrific to mark some of the achievements of the musicians and labels who've excelled in their field.''
Two AIM winners have already been announced, with Edwyn Collins to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music prize, and Mute records label head Daniel Miller receiving the Pioneer Award.
The AIM winners will be announced when the awards take place on October 29 in London.
AIM Awards 2012, full list of nominations:
Best Live Act
Independent Breakthrough of the Year
Alt - J
Hardest Working Band or Artist
Best Difficult Second Album
Admiral Fallow - 'Tree Bursts In Snow'
First Aid Kit - 'The Lion's Roar'
Speech Debelle - 'Freedom of Speech'
The Invisible - 'Rispah'
The Skints - 'Part & Parcel'
Independent Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes - 'Boys & Girls'
Enter Shikari - 'A Flash Flood of Colour'
Liars - 'Wixiw'
Future of the Left - 'The Plot Against Common Sense'
Rustie - 'Glass Swords'
Best Small Label
Black Butter Records
Xtra Mile Recordings
Genre Spotlight Award
Broadcaster Ft Peggy Seeger - 'Folksploitation'
Lorn - 'Ask the Dust'
Neil Cowley Trio - 'The Face of Mount Molehill'
Netsky - '2'
Wiley - Evolve or Be Extinct
Independent Entrepreneur of The Year
Alex Di Savoia - Aardvark Records
Chris Goss / Tony Colman / Tom Kelsey - Hospital Records
Louis Barabbas - Debt Records
Sam Dyson - Distiller Records
Simon Raymonde - Bella Union
PPL Award for Most Played Independent Act
Special Catalogue Release of the Year
Amon Tobin - 'Amon Tobin'
Madness - 'A Guided Tour of Madness'
Can - 'The Lost Tapes'
The 13th Floor Elevators - 'Music Of The Spheres'
Various Artists - 'The Original Sound Of Cumbia'
Independent Label of the Year
Indie Champion Award
Olli Dutton - Obscene Strategies
Ian Evans - IME Music
Steve Lamacq - BBC 6music
Katie Parsons - Kerrang!
Shell Zenner - Amazing Radio
Best Independent Festival
In The Woods Festival
Y Not Festival