A2IM Names Richard James Burgess As New CEO
January 5, 2016 at 8:55 AM (PT)
A2IM (AMERICAN ASSOCATION OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC) has named RICHARD JAMES BURGESS as its new CEO. BURGESS spent the past 15 years overseeing all business activities for SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS RECORDINGS in WASHINGTON, D.C., in addition to his role as Board Chairman at A2IM. BURGESS succeeds MOLLY NEWMAN, who has held down the Interim President role at A2IM since RICH BENGLOFF stepped down last JULY (NET NEWS 7/24/2015). NEWMAN departs A2IM to become Head of Music at KICKSTARTER (NET NEWS 12/21/2015).
"I am honored to have been chosen by the board to lead A2IM into the future," said BURGESS. "A2IM is the vital voice for independent labels -- the small and medium sized businesses that have grown to command more than a third of domestic market share for recorded music. We will continue to grow; we will spotlight the impact our members have on jobs and revenue; and we are determined to build greater accord within the music industry."