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‘It’s an Ecosystem’: New A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess on Goals for Indies and Beyond

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‘It’s an Ecosystem’: New A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess on Goals for Indies and Beyond

As A2IM comes off its 10th anniversary, new CEO Richard James Burgess spoke with Billboard about his preparation for this role, the group’s copyright and digital priorities and what indie labels might be able to learn from the craft beer industry.

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) will enter its next phase led by someone who has moved through a few himself. Richard James Burgess, named CEO of A2IM on Jan. 5, joins most recently from a role as head of business for the nonprofit Smithsonian Folkways label, but he has also been an electronic musician, a record producer, a college professor, an artist manager and the author of a book on music production.

Burgess, who was born in London and raised in New Zealand, laid the template for the early ‘80s New Romantic movement in his productions for Spandau Ballet. The 66-year-old takes the helm of the U.S. independent label trade group at a time when membership has swelled to more than 380 labels and indies account for a lion’s share, 34.4 percent, of the market. He’s the fourth executive to lead A2IM, succeeding interim president Molly Neuman, the recently appointed Kickstarter head of music who in July replaced the indie organization’s head for eight years, Rich Bengloff. Click on the link below to read more…

Author: Marc Hogan, Billboard

Read More/Original Source: http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/record-labels/6859126/its-an-ecosystem-new-a2im-ceo-richard-james-burgess-on-goals

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