In a landmark moment for the dance music industry, Silvia Montello has been named the new CEO of the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM).
Montello will replace Greg Marshall, who has served as CEO over the last four years. Notably, she will be the first female CEO to lead the non-profit organization, which includes 250 members hailing from over 25 unique countries. Prior to joining the organization, she worked at a variety of leading music organizations including BMG, Kobalt Music/AWAL, and Our Price Music over the course of 30 years.
"Our industry continues to evolve at a pace, forever bringing with it new opportunities and emerging technologies," Montello said in a press release shared with EDM.com. "I look forward to helping bring together an amazing ecosystem of platforms, organization, professionals and creators in building sustainable success through innovation, diversity, inclusion and collaboration."
Known as a leading institutional voice of the electronic music industry, AFEM is a trade organization with representative members from artist management firms, labels, promotional companies, agencies, streaming platforms, startups and more. The organization was co-founded by Ben Turner and Kurosh Nasseri in 2013.
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“Silvia has established herself as a powerful voice in the electronic music industry throughout her impressive career along with a proven track record of establishing and growing companies to their full potential,” Turner and Nasseri added in a joint statement. "From the moment she joined AFEM as a committee member in 2019, the organization benefited from her insightful contribution."
Montello's first public speaking appearance as CEO of AFEM will be at Ibiza's International Music Summit in late April, where her keynote speech will help commemorate AFEM's landmark 10th anniversary.