The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM, www.a2im.org) is a non-profit trade organization fighting for and protecting the rights of the Independent music label community. A2IM is an organization made up of Independent music labels that have banded together to form a central voice advocating for the health of the Independent music sector. Our membership includes 238 music labels of varying sizes and genres, many owned by artists like Alison Brown and Garry West, Burning Spear, Brett Gurewitz of Epitaph/Anti/Hellcat, the Hanson brothers, Joan Jett, Carol King, Moe, the Skaggs Family, Gillian Welch etc. and many labels located outside of the traditional New York, Nashville, Southern California including Mountain Apple in Hawaii, Barsuk in Seattle, Kill Rock Stars in Portland, Six Degrees in San Francisco, Basin Street in New Orleans, Saddle Creek In Omaha, RhymeSayers in Minneapolis, Red House in St. Paul, Alligator in Chicago, Righteous Babe in Buffalo, and YepRoc in the Carolinas. In addition to our label members A2IM has 114 associate members (those who work with, depend upon, or support Independent music). A2IM’s mission statement is to obtain tangible economic gains for its members via advocacy, commerce opportunities, and member services, including education, most notably the Independent Music Label roadmap and resulting New Media white papers on E-Mail marketing, Direct-To-Fan commerce and social networks. INDEPENDENT LABELS MEAN BUSINESS! A2IM is hard at work every day to improve the business of Independent music company.
Rich Bengloff, President
Rich Bengloff joined A2IM as it’s President in January of 2007. Rich also serves as a board member representing the Independent music label community on the boards of the SoundExchange and the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies ("AARC"). Rich has spent much of his career in the music and entertainment industry, during the past 20 years having worked at both music labels and music distributors at both independent (RED, Combat/Relativity/In Effect) and major music companies (Sony Music and Warner Music) as well as WNYC Radio, serving as a senior level operations and financial executive. Rich’s perspective on the music industry, and independent music in particular, has been frequently published in both trade (Billboard, FMQB, etc.) and consumer print and digital publications (NY Times, Hypebot, Huffington Post, Daily Tech, etc.). Rich also is often called on to be a panel moderator/speaker at events around the world including events as varied as CMJ, Digital Music Forum East, Midem, SXSW and the inaugural International Creative Industries Summit in Shanghai, China in 2009. Rich has an MBA from Columbia University and, is an adjunct professor of Communications and Media Management at the Fordham University Graduate School Of Business teaching the introduction to the music industry course and also teaches the annual NARM/A2IM music business crash course.