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Silvia Montello steps down as head of AIM, Gee Davy named Interim CEO

Silvia Montello has resigned for personal reasons from her position as CEO of the Association of Independent Music (AIM), the not-for-profit organisation championing the UK’s independent music community. COO Gee Davy takes on the role of interim CEO, and has also been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Policy Officer.

London, UK, 11th April 2024 Silvia Montello has resigned for personal reasons from her position as CEO of the Association of Independent Music (AIM), the not-for-profit organisation championing the UK’s independent music community. COO Gee Davy takes on the role of interim CEO, and has also been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Policy Officer.

Having taken over from former CEO Paul Pacifico at the start of 2023, Montello oversaw the roll out of several key initiatives during her tenure, often through difficult economic headwinds.

These include advocating for the independent sector with key platforms and trade bodies over streaming reform, successfully pushing for a broader range of creative spaces to qualify for business rates relief as part of UK Music’s 2023 Manifesto for Music, and reconfiguring the AIM Awards as an industry-focused event.

Davy, who joined AIM in 2017, takes over the day-to-day running of the organisation. The move is a natural progression for Davy, who represents AIM on the boards of WIN and IMPALA and previously acted as an unofficial interim leader in between Paul Pacifico departing and Silvia Montello commencing as CEO.

In her new position as Chief Policy Officer, Davy will continue to represent the interests of the UK’s independent music community in discussions ranging from streaming remuneration to industry’s engagement with AI.

Most recently she was involved in the creation of the UK Government’s landmark Streaming Transparency Code, as part of follow-up work to Parliament’s inquiry into the economics of music streaming. She is an active participant in UK Music’s AI Working Group and chairs IMPALA’s Emerging Tech group, as well as having a number of other committee seats, including at UK Music, IMPALA and the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS).

Before joining AIM, Davy spent several years working with prestigious independent businesses including Cooking Vinyl and Essential Music & Marketing. She holds a Law Degree and a Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering, having begun her career in technology before moving into legal and business affairs roles within music.

Davy picks up the reins with an experienced senior leadership team in place, including Nina Radojewski (Head of Membership), Ben Wynter (Director of Business Development and Partnerships), Esta Rae (Senior Events Manager), Callum Johnson (Head of Partnerships) and Dan Hewitt (Financial Controller).

Said AIM Chair and Board Member and Beggars’ Director of Live Licensing Ruth Barlow, “It’s unfortunate that we are losing Silvia so soon into her tenure, but on behalf of the board I wish her well in her next endeavours. I’m very pleased that Gee Davy has agreed to step up into a newly expanded role as AIM’s Chief Policy Officer and Interim CEO. The board and I are working closely with Gee and the AIM team as we continue to support and promote the independent music sector, delivering and creating value for our community via our membership events and activities schedule, industry affairs work and beyond.”

Added Davy, “I am honoured that the board have asked me to take on the position of Interim CEO, as well as creating a new Chief Policy Officer role to reflect my contribution to AIM’s growth in that arena. With the trust of the inspirational team and board, and our excellent senior management at my side, I am looking forward to delivering on AIM’s commitment to support the UK’s innovative independent music community and level the music playing field.”

About AIM

AIM is the not-for-profit organisation representing and supporting the UK’s independent music community, which makes up a third of the UK’s recorded music market. Now in its 25th year, AIM’s members range from the largest, most respected record labels and associated music businesses in the world to DIY or self-releasing artists and the next generation of entrepreneurs in music. These include 4AD, Black Acre, Beggars Group, Chrysalis / Blue Raincoat, CTRL Music, Domino Recording Co, FAMM, Finesse Foreva, Hospital Records, HQ Familia, The Leaf Label, Ninja Tune, NQ Recordings, Numbers, Partisan, Transgressive, Scruff of the Neck, Secretly Canadian, Stones Throw, Supernature, Warp, and XL Recordings.

AIM exists to level the playing field for UK independent music businesses – the beating heart of music. No matter their genre, their background, how much money they have, how they identify or their location, AIM provides access to the knowledge and contacts creative entrepreneurs need to create, build and win. AIM supports its members, not only through the difficult times, but also on a day-to-day level with practical support that makes a real difference to their lives and work, helping them take their businesses to the next level.

For more information visit www.aim.org.uk

AIM

AIM is the not-for-profit trade body exclusively representing the UK’s independent music sector. Our members range from the largest, most respected record labels and associated music businesses in the world to self-releasing artists and the next generation of entrepreneurs in music.