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The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization that serves as a central voice for a diverse community of over 600 independently owned record labels operating within the United States. A2IM  represents their interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community.

As an organization, A2IM is committed to protecting the value of independent musical contributions and influence on a policy level.

Mission Statement

A2IM is the collective voice of independent music. Our mission is to promote growth, awareness, and opportunities for independent music through advocacy, education and community.


A2IM’s diverse community includes music labels of all sizes and staffing levels across the United States, from Hawaii to Florida, representing musical genres as diverse as our membership, including bluegrass, blues, children’s, classical, comedy, country, dance/electronic, gospel, folk, Hawaiian, jazz, hip-hop, Latin, metal, new age, pop, R&B, reggae, roots, soca/caribbean, traditional American, world, and more. 

“Independent” doesn’t refer to a specific genre of music, nor does it mean lesser-known artists: A2IM member labels have issued music releases by artists including Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Adele, Alabama Shakes, Arcade Fire, Run the Jewels, Bon Iver, and many others.

Board of Directors

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Exec Committee: Secretary
Nabil Ayers, smiling man with glasses in black shirt
Mariah Czap, white woman with brunette hair and glasses smiling, wearing denim jacket
Dee Diaz, latin woman with dark curly hair, wearing green shirt, sitting on white chair, smiling
Wilson Fuller, white man with red beard and glasses, smiling wearing red shirt
Mary Jurey, white woman with blonde-grey hair, smiling wearing blue shirt
Heather Johnson, CEO of Ninety9Lives
Exec Committee: Chair
Tony Kiewel, black and white photo of white man with shoulder length hair and glasses
Victor Zaraya, Latin man smiling wearing black zip up hoodie
Exec Committee: Treasurer
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Advisory Board

Kristin epstein, smiling blonde white woman with glasses in red flannel shirt
Steve kline, Brunette white man posing to the side with black shirt in front of black background
Jennifer Newman Sharpe, smiling brunette white woman with black blazer
Elliott Peters, smiling man wearing grey v neck shirt in front of black background
Jason Peterson, smiling white man with beard wearing blue blazer

Team A2IM

Dr Richard James Burgess MBE
Lisa Hresko
Sheryl Cohen
Alex Machurov head of business development
Melissa White
Evan Plake
Chirag Patel
Nicolle Gutierrez Ospina
Jasmine Lopez Alvarez
Laura Ho
Laura Dion, Special Partnerships
Emmaline McCourt, membership manager