'Old models are becoming obsolete': Alison Wenham joins Funnel Music

'Old models are becoming obsolete': Alison Wenham joins Funnel Music

Alison Wenham has announced details of her first official role since stepping down as Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) chief executive last year.

Wenham, who won the Music Week Women In Music Outstanding Contribution award in 2016, has joined the board at artist development organisation Funnel Music as non-executive director.

Wenham co-founded both The Association Of independent Music (AIM) and WIN, serving as CEO at both organisations for two decades.

Wenham is to help develop a strategy for Funnel Music to build relationships with the global independent music community.

She joins CEO Tim Delaney, former V2 Records managing director David Steele and Funnel COO Joss Yerbury on the board. Music Glue founder Mark Meharry, former president of Sony Music International Rick Dobbis and Joe Romulus are also members.

Alison Wenham said, “Since stepping down from my full-time role at WIN last December I have had an opportunity to properly reflect on what the music industry is evolving into. The old models that, in a lot of cases, have traditionally seen artists treated like second class citizens are becoming obsolete, particularly in the independent music community  which has always led the way in innovation, and there is a definite shift towards more equitable, partnership-based agreements.”

I'm looking forward to developing Funnel Music's global strategy

Alison Wenham

Wenham added: “I was intrigued and inspired by Funnel Music’s ‘Shared Outcome Agreement’ approach, which seemed to me a very pragmatic and, importantly, fair way of working with artists. I am excited about joining a company and a board that already has expertise and experience in abundance and looking forward to helping further develop their global strategy.”

Ric Yerbury, co-founder and executive chairman of Funnel Music said: “To have such a universally respected music industry figure as Alison join our board is a major coup for Funnel Music. As well as her experience of running high profile organisations such as AIM and WIN her unique understanding of and relationships with the global independent music community will give us an amazing insight into this sector.”

Funnel Music was founded by Yerbury and fellow industry veteran Alex Pilkington to address the need for long-term artist development. Centred around the ‘Shared Outcome Agreement’, the business incorporates key elements of rightsholder and artist services offerings. The model is aimed at reducing costs associated with artist development without losing access to services, experience and expertise.

Read Alison Wenham’s Women In Music interview here.

Pictured above: Alison Wenham and Ric Yerbury

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