The Music Industries Association held its AGM on the 12th November. For the first time the meeting was conducted over video conference, with proxy voting being managed by independent voting company, UK Engage. The new initiatives worked well and led to a substantial increase in membership engagement.
Time for Change
2020 has presented substantial challenges to the music industry and our members. Whilst the full impact of the COVID pandemic is still unknown, it is safe to say the MI Industry will look and behave differently in the future.
The MIA Board has recognised that the organisation will face new challenges as a result, and must adapt and evolve accordingly. Fundamental to this is the need to operate with transparency and remain relevant as we consider matters such as inclusivity, sustainability and education, as well as the commercial reality of Brexit.
New MIA Leadership
MIA Board Directors are now limited to a maximum of nine consecutive years of service. As such we would like to thank Alan Barclay (Absolute Music), Lee Anderton (Andertons Music) and Clive Roberts (ATV Europe) as they step down from the Board. They have all been active champions of the MIA, individually and collectively generous with both their time and their insight, and always active in their promotion of initiatives in support of the industry.
Nine directors were re-elected by the membership for 2020-21: Tom Farncombe (Hal Leonard Europe), Steven Greenall (Warwick Music Ltd), Simon Pollard (Millers Music Centre), Darren Power (Source Distribution), Anthony Short (Industry Consultant), Ian Robinson (Blackstar Amplification Ltd), David Vazquez (Roland Europe Group Ltd), Stephen Wick (Denis Wick Products Ltd), and Stuart Williams (Future plc). Two new directors were also elected for the first-time: Greg Niven (Sound Technology Ltd) and Sarah Yule (Audio-Technica Ltd) bringing the board to eleven.
Following the first meeting of the new Board, Steven Greenall has been elected Chair of the Board for the coming year. This replaces the previous role of President. Board meetings will be held on a bi-monthly basis.
Another new development is the formation of three permanent board committees or ‘pillar-groups’. These will focus on Audit & Best Practice, Accessibility and Development and each Director will serve on one committee. These groups will also meet on a bi-monthly basis, running in sync with the Board meeting schedule.
3 Year Strategic Development Plan
The MIA Board has agreed to start work on a review of all aspects of its operations and go-to market approach. Over the next few months, the MIA will be consulting extensively with its members, partners, government and the wider industry prior to formulating its plan for the next 3 years.
One aspect of the plan will be the definition of a new strategic position to support the General Manager and help the development of the organisation. More details will be announced as the review is concluded, and outlined to the membership before any formal recruitment process is undertaken.
Member and Industry Consultation
As part of the review outlined above, the MIA will shortly be announcing a number of new feedback initiatives, including a ‘Town Hall’ style open-forum event.
These will help both members, and the wider industry to join the debate and discuss the future of our industry and the role of the MIA within it.
Please check the MIA website and newsletter for further details.
Interim MIA Executive Team
With the departure of the MIA’s long-standing CEO, Paul McManus, and the retirement of Clare Sayers, the MIA’s office administrator in December, the Board has agreed on an interim plan to help ensure a smooth and positive transition for the organisation.
Anthony Short, former MIA President, has agreed to take on the position of Executive Director for a period of six months. His brief will be to support the Board and Alice Monk (General Manager) whilst the organisation undertakes its strategic review. Anthony’s extensive knowledge and experience of the MIA, as well as over twenty years tenure in the music industry make him natural choice to undertake this interim role.
The MIA Board has also approved the new role of Office and Marketing Assistant (full-time) which will be advertised shortly.
The net result for the organisation is a slight increase in staff capacity (from 2.4 to 2.5 days, full-time equivalency) and a re-focussing of resource to support current operational requirement. At the same time, staff costs have been significantly reduced, ensuring the recent trend of operating loss has been reversed.