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Portia Sabin (President, Kill Rock Stars), Glen Barros (President, Concord Music Group) Vic Zaraya (Razor and Tie) and Thaddeus Rudd (Co-President, Mom+Pop Music) are A2IM’s newly elected Board Members for the 2017-2018 year

Newly elected A2IM Board of Directors (listed alphabetically by first name)

  • Glen Barros (President, Concord Music Group)
  • Portia Sabin (President, Kill Rock Stars)
  • Thaddeus Rudd (Co-President, Mom+Pop Music)
  • Vic Zaraya (President, Razor & Tie)

“The A2IM Board is the backbone of the organization” said Richard James Burgess “We have been fortunate to have a proactive board populated by the movers and shakers of the independent label community. I would like to congratulate Glen, Portia, Thaddeus, and Vic and thank all who ran for these four seats. It’s this level of engagement and enthusiasm for A2IM’s mission that makes it the vital organization that it is”

The Board is elected by A2IM’s membership of more than 450 Independent music labels representing a diverse array of musical genres, geographic locations and label sizes.

The newly elected members will each serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors.

A2IM also welcomes three representatives to the CEO’s Advisory Board, as appointed by CEO Richard James Burgess with ratification by the Board. The Advisory Board’s role is to expand the expertise available to the organization while increasing the Board’s diversity.

Newly appointed members  of the A2IM CEO’s Advisory Board (listed alphabetically)

  • Jason McGuire (General Manager, Stones Throw)
  • Dara Frank (Comedy Central)
  • Rob Filomena (COO, Nacional)

The new board’s term officially begins on July 4, 2017 although the new board and advisory board officers were introduced this week at A2IM Indie Week.

Quotes from the Incoming A2IM Board of Directors (listed alphabetically by first name)

“I am very grateful to the A2IM membership for electing me to the board once again.  I’m looking forward to working alongside Richard and the excellent A2IM team in their efforts to protect and promote the independent label community, especially at such an important and exciting time in our industry’s evolution.” Glen Barros, CEO Concord Music Group

“I’m thrilled to be returning to the board of A2IM. The board is invariably made up of some of the best minds in the music industry and I always learn so much from them.  It’s a true honor to be able to be part of such a stellar group again, and I look forward to working with them to continue to empower the indie sector!” Portia Sabin, President, Kill Rock Stars

“We at Mom+Pop are extremely grateful for the generosity and goodwill we’ve received from all at A2IM and our independent label community since becoming members. It’s a great honor to be selected to join the Board. I so appreciate the opportunity to contribute and hope our perspective will be a positive addition to the community. We look forward to advocating for our artists and fellow labels the business transitions and adapts to these exciting new conditions.”  Thaddeud Rudd, Co-President, Mom+Pop Music

“It’s good to be back. I’m grateful to represent the independent music community as an A2IM Board member.  The value of independence has never been more apparent.  I look forward to working with Richard & his team, the rest of the A2IM board, and the entire music community to create a better ecosystem for American Independent Music.” Vic Zaraya, President, Razor and Tie

The remainder of the organization’s board continuing in office is: ATO Vice President Stephanie Alexa, Redeye Co-Owner Glenn Dicker, INgrooves EVP & General Manager Amy Dietz, Big Machine COO Andrew Kautz, Beggars Group Founder/CEO Martin Mills, Hopeless Records Owner Louis Posen, and Secretly Label Group Co-Owner Darius Van Arman.

The expiring seats are currently held by Craig Balsam (Razor & Tie), Dave Hansen (Epitaph/ANTI-), Scott Robinson (Dualtone) and Tom Silverman (Tommy Boy). We most sincerely thank them for their leadership, commitment and exemplary service to the A2IM membership and look forward to their ongoing contributions to the organization. The A2IM team, Board, and membership also thank all the candidates who ran for the Board.


About A2IM:
A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.

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