The Affiliation For Digital Music (AFEM) has named a brand new CEO. Silvia Montello is entering into the affiliation’s prime place, changing its CEO since 2018, Greg Marshall.
Based mostly in London, Montello joined AFEM — an trade group inside the dance area — in 2019 as a committee member. She has greater than 30 years of trade expertise, together with senior govt positions at music retailer Our Value Music, print journal Gramophone Publications and labels PolyGram/Common, BMG and Kobalt Music/AWAL, the place she served because the senior vp of operations.
Extra not too long ago, Montello served as head of enterprise growth at software program firm Blokur previous to becoming a member of Audio Community as its head of operations in 2021. She additionally serves as CEO at VoiceBox Consulting, a music trade consultancy providing advertising, communications, undertaking administration and enterprise planning providers that she based in 2011. She can also be the co-founder and present director of #remarQabl, an digital music report label centered on rising feminine, LGBTQ+ and ethnically various expertise.
“Silvia has established herself as a strong voice within the digital music trade all through her spectacular profession together with a confirmed observe report of building and rising corporations to their full potential,” AFEM co-founders and chairs Ben Turner and Kurosh Nasseri stated in a joint assertion. “From the second she joined AFEM as a committee member in 2019, the group benefited from her insightful contribution. She would be the first feminine CEO of AFEM which exemplifies our personal progress as a commerce group over the previous decade. We’re grateful to Greg for his unbelievable work during the last 4 years, steadying the AFEM ship, exhibiting enormous empathy with our membership neighborhood in our hardest occasions as an trade.”
AFEM was based in 2013 by Turner, the director of Graphite Media and co-founder of Worldwide Music Summit, together with Nasseri, a longstanding leisure lawyer. In its almost decade of existence, the affiliation has labored to attach and characterize the widespread pursuits of corporations and artists within the digital music enterprise. The non-profit group consists of greater than 250 members throughout 25 international locations, representing all trade sectors inside the digital style.
“Our trade continues to evolve at a tempo, perpetually bringing with it new alternatives and rising applied sciences,” Montello stated in an announcement. “I look ahead to serving to deliver collectively a tremendous ecosystem of platforms, group, professionals and creators in constructing sustainable success by way of innovation, variety, inclusion and collaboration.”
In her first public talking look since taking over the function, Montello will give one of many opening keynote addresses at this yr’s Worldwide Music Summit in Ibiza, going down on the island April 27-29, titled Ten Years of AFEM: Affiliation for Digital Music.