A2IM Reups CEO Richard James Burgess, Hires Andrea Pagnanelli as GM

Dan Bassini
Richard James Burgess

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced that Dr. Richard James Burgess’ contract as president and CEO has been renewed. He will continue his work advocating for gender equality and equal pay policies across the music industry.

"Since having the good fortune to be appointed CEO of A2IM three years ago, I have been blessed with enthusiastic and talented team members along with a highly participatory and knowledgeable board," said Burgess in a statement. "Thanks to our team's hard work and the dedication and vision of our board, we have more than doubled revenues, increased membership by nearly seventy percent, and attendance at our various events is up by several hundred percent."

In addition, Andrea Pagnanelli, has been hired as the general manager. She was previously named Forbes’ 30 under 30 and New York Business Journal’s woman of influence. 

A2IM also announced several promotions including Patrick Ferrell as head of label relations, Lisa Hresko as senior director of of associate member services and international relations, Sheryl Cohen as senior director of culture and oversight, and Courtnay Newman as manager of member services and partnerships.