The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced Ninja Tune MD Peter Quicke as its new chair
Quicke (pictured) takes up the position with immediate effect and replaces Tim Dellow of Transgressive. The role is a board appointment and rotates annually, although Dellow has been in the role for two years at the special request of the board in order to assist with Paul Pacifico's transition into the CEO role.
London-based Ninja Tune, which also has offices in LA and Montreal, was founded by Matt Black and Jonathan More – aka Coldcut – in 1990, with Quicke joining the management team two years later. The label's roster includes the likes of The Cinematic Orchestra, DJ Food, The Heavy, Fink, Lou Rhodes, Kate Tempest, Roots Manuva, Young Fathers and Mr Scruff to its roster. Ninja Tune now also acts as an umbrella for other creative hot houses such as Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, and the brilliant Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune, the label founded by Actress.
Pacifico said: “On behalf of the AIM board I am delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Quicke as our new chair. We would like to extend our warmest thanks to our outgoing chair Tim Dellow, who has done an amazing job over an extended two-year tenure, while welcoming Peter who will bring energy, insight and a keen understanding of the challenges facing the independent music community to his new role.”
AIM is doing a very important job for independent music makers, labels and distributors
Dellow said, “I'm immensely proud of what has been achieved by the AIM team in my tenure as its first elected chair. Paul has worked diligently to completely rejuvenate the organisation, bringing in an exuberant, youthful team, and elevating and empowering committed employees dedicated to repositioning the independent sector as a place for creative entrepreneurs, adding a real value to our artists and their careers, whilst building on the core ethics and responsibilities that the sector should reflect.
"Genuinely, it feels like AIM is a place of opportunity - for start-ups and solo artists taking their first steps into releasing music, through to meaningful value adds for established labels and common sense lobbying that positively effects the entire industry.
"Peter is an incredible choice of chair, who I know will bring his wealth of experience, keen ethical approach and distinct and proactive leadership to the position."
Quicke added: “AIM is doing a very important job for independent music makers, labels and distributors. I’m excited to be able to assist Paul and his team however I can.”