A2IM Announces 2021 Board of Directors and Advisory Board Members

A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) is delighted to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Directors: Mariah Czap, Co-GM of Yep Roc Records; Victor Zaraya, COO of Concord; and Heather Johnson, CEO of Ninety9Lives, who moves to the full A2IM board from the advisory board. 


The previous year’s outgoing board members include Laura Balance, Co-Founder of Merge Records; Tony Kiewel, President of Sub Pop Records (and current chair of the A2IM Board); and Rosie Lopez, former President of Tommy Boy(and previous chair of the A2IM Board). 



Welcome to the 2021 A2IM Board of Directors!

Each year, A2IM’s bylaws allow the President and CEO to appoint advisory board members. These advisory board members do not have voting status but serve one-year terms in order to broaden the perspective of the board, guide the direction of the organization, as well as exposing a greater number of members to the activities of the board and the organization.



Joining the advisory board this year are: David Hernandez, CEO of Colonize Media Inc.; Glen Barros, Founder of Exceleration Music; Tony Alexander, Presisdent/Managing Director of Made in Memphis Entertainment; Mary Jurey, Chief Business Officer at Blue Élan Records; Eileen Tilson, VP of Marketing at Oh Boy Records; and Susan Busch Director of A&R at Domino Records & Domino Records Publishing North America. 


A2IM’s Dr. Richard James Burgess said, “One of the many great things about this job is the opportunity to work so closely with some of the smartest people in our business: our board and advisory board members. I would like to thank Tony Kiewel, Rosie Lopez and Laura Ballance for the wisdom and insight they brought to the governance of A2IM. I would also like to thank Roland Williams and Lisa Soong for serving as advisory board members.”  


Welcome to the 2021 A2IM Advisory 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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