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Dr. Richard James Burgess - EDM Pioneer and President and CEO of A2IM - awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in New Year’s Honours List

Britain’s prestigious MBE honor is awarded for significant contributions to the arts and sciences and is bestowed on recipients in a special ceremony hosted by a member of the Royal Family.

New York , 4th January 2022

Britains prestigious MBE honor is awarded for significant contributions to the arts and sciences and is bestowed on recipients in a special ceremony hosted by a member of the Royal Family.  

Dr. Richard James Burgess steps into 2022 as an MBE honoree for his services to music, having been announced on Queen Elizabeths New Year’s Honours List. Dr. Burgess joins such esteemed recipients as The Beatles, Adele, and Ed Sheeran. 

Dr. Burgess has produced, recorded, and performed on many gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums. He was previously head of business at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings where he was a producer of Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology and The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. 

His career path includes studio musician, noted author, touring musician, recording artist, producer, manager, and label owner. He was an electronic music pioneer in the seventies, creating hit records using the earliest personal computers to drive synthesizers, samplers and his own invention: the SDSV drum synthesizer. His most recent books are The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice, 4th Edition and The History of Music Production (Oxford University Press). 

Along the way Dr. Burgess coined the music genre terms EDM and New Romantic; has been listed as a “Power Player” and an “Independent Power” Player by Billboard; and has received awards from Music Week, the British Arts Council, the Greater London Arts Association, the Park Lane Group, and the British Council for Education.

Today, Dr. Burgess is President and CEO of The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and co-chair of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network). A2IM is committed to equal opportunity for all independents through collaboration and advocacy initiatives. Burgess has been acknowledged for gender-balancing and diversifying A2IMs events, board, and team and he works assiduously to promote equal pay policies, education, and community-building efforts across the music industry. Dr. Burgesss contract was recently renewed for a third term as A2IM President and CEO. 

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