Dan Nevin Appointed CEO of Australia's Indies Trade Body AIR

Dan Nevin

Dan Nevin

Dan Nevin is the new CEO of Australia's independent music companies trade body AIR. 

With effect from November, Nevin joins the Melbourne-based association from JB Hi-Fi, the country's runaway market-leader in CD sales, where he's served in recent years as digital music manager. At JB, Nevin was responsible for the retail chain's "Now" streaming music service that launched in 2011 ahead of Rdio, Deezer and Spotify. 

Nevin started his career with indie retailer Radical Records, before joining Shock Entertainment in a long-term stint which included roles helming the independent company's award-winning Export Division. His resume includes time spent managing the online operations at REDgroup, and working on the Australian Football League's fledgling media company AFL Media. 

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"We're extremely excited at the appointment of Dan to the role," says AIR's chair David Vodicka. "He brings with him solid industrial knowledge and a depth of management experience that is timely in the development of the organization as we approach our 20th year of operation." 

Nevin adds, "I have always been a huge advocate for the independent sector. Independent music is in a very exciting phase in a changing landscape and right now I couldn't think of anything better to be doing than focusing my energy on supporting the growth and development of Australia's independent music sector. I'm very grateful for the opportunity and can't wait to get into the job."

The incoming exec succeeds Nick O'Byrne, who departed as gm on June 30 to focus on his many other music industry interests. Through his Look Out Kid firm, O'Byrne manages the career of Courtney Barnett, and he serves as executive programmer for the annual Bigsound conference. AIR hasn't had a CEO since Stuart Watters exited in 2009.

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The trade body is active in formulating and coordinating music industry response to government policy, and advocating for fair market access for independent artists. AIR also publishes the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts (AIR Charts) and hosts the annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, which was held last week in Melbourne. 

The association was incorporated in 1996 with a remit to represent the independent industry on issues of national and international significance, and to offer a range of projects and services for its membership. AIR boasts more than 160 members and is a member of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN).


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