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AIM names Silvia Montello as new CEO

By | Published on Wednesday 7 December 2022

Silvia Montello

The UK’s Association Of Independent Music has appointed Silvia Montello as its new CEO. She replaces Paul Pacifico, who is controversially leaving to join The Saudi Music Commission.

“I am really excited to be joining the team in the new year and honoured to continue spearheading the great work AIM has done since its inception to support and champion the UK’s independent music community”, says Montello.

“Our industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, that evolution bringing with it both fresh opportunities around music consumption and creation, audience development, new technology solutions, alongside existing and future challenges for our community to work together to overcome”.

“AIM will continue its commitment to ensuring our independent creators and rightsholders can reap the maximum benefits, striving towards a truly diverse and inclusive industry that nurtures great talent from every genre, background and identity”, she adds.

AIM Chair Nadia Khan – who oversaw the recruitment process – comments: “On behalf of my colleagues on the AIM board, I’m delighted to welcome Silvia Montello to the team. Silvia is well-known to many of our members, she has been an active participant and engaged member of the independent community for many years and will be a fantastic leader for AIM”.

“Her extensive industry background, contact base, business development skills, passion for diversity and inclusion, and vision for the future bring renewed leadership to AIM”, she adds.

On the process of hiring Montello, Khan goes on: “It was an honour to lead the recruitment process and a huge thank you to Kate Reilly for all her invaluable support. It was important to me that we ran a fair and transparent process, and that we engaged with a diverse and broad range of candidates”.

“From the outset, I set diversity targets and personally encouraged a wide range of candidates to apply, including Silvia, as I admired her work in the industry. I’m very excited about this new chapter for AIM and look forward to working with Silvia in her new role as CEO”.

Montello will take up her new role in January, moving over from her current job as CEO of the Association For Electronic Music. She has previously held senior roles at Universal Music, BMG and AWAL. She is also co-founder of #remarQabl, a label services and publishing company supporting new talent from under-represented backgrounds, and is a trustee of Help Musicians.