The Music Industries Association (MIA) has announced Anthony Short as its new President.
He will spearhead a number of changes to the group’s Gala Dinner and focus on how the trade body can best serve the industry.
Short has a lot of experience in the industry. He has worked in a number of positions over the last 11 years at Shure and currently heads up its UK retail team for MI and Consumer.
MIA chief executive Paul McManus commented: “Anthony has taken the time to talk to a large number of MIA members (and non-members). He has a clear sense of how our trade body can best serve the industry going forward and a plan to deliver on this!
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“This will be an exciting time of change for the MIA and I am really looking forward to working with him, our new Board and all MIA members.”
Commenting on the changes to the MIA’s annual Gala Dinner, short said: “The Awards have served the MIA well but it was becoming increasingly apparent that the format was dividing opinion and becoming a carrier to engagement. We had a lot of feedback calling for less formality, more networking time and a greater sense of inclusivity.”
The new-look event will now emphasise celebrating the uniqueness of the MI industry. It will still recognise achievements through the presentation of awards, but will focus heavily on the innovation and creativity of the industry, including highlighting people who have positively influenced the industry through campaigns and initiatives.
“Sharing success is inspirational to all of us, if at the same time we can call out the talent behind those initiatives hopefully we can encourage them to stay in the Industry and help drive it forward,” said Short.
“To help we have worked hard to make the Gala Dinner as affordable as possible. Ticket prices are down from last year and because we would like to widen the audience appeal we have a further special discounted rate for Partners.”
The MIA Gala Dinner takes place on November 24th at the Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch.