The Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) has named a new CEO. Silvia Montello is stepping into the association’s top position, replacing its CEO since 2018, Greg Marshall.

Based in London, Montello joined AFEM — an industry group within the dance space — in 2019 as a committee member. She has more than 30 years of industry experience, including senior executive positions at music retailer Our Price Music, print magazine Gramophone Publications and labels PolyGram/Universal, BMG and Kobalt Music/AWAL, where she served as the senior vp of operations.

More recently, Montello served as head of business development at software company Blokur prior to joining Audio Network as its head of operations in 2021. She also serves as CEO at VoiceBox Consulting, a music industry consultancy offering marketing, communications, project management and business planning services that she founded in 2011. She is also the co-founder and current director of #remarQabl, an electronic music record label focused on emerging female, LGBTQ+ and ethnically diverse talent.

“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,” AFEM co-founders and chairs Ben Turner and Kurosh Nasseri said in a joint statement. “From the moment she joined AFEM as a committee member in 2019, the organization benefited from her insightful contribution. She will be the first female CEO of AFEM which exemplifies our own growth as a trade organization over the past decade. We are grateful to Greg for his incredible work over the last four years, steadying the AFEM ship, showing huge empathy with our membership community in our toughest times as an industry.”

AFEM was founded in 2013 by Turner, the director of Graphite Media and co-founder of International Music Summit, along with Nasseri, a longstanding entertainment lawyer. In its nearly decade of existence, the association has worked to connect and represent the common interests of companies and artists in the electronic music business. The non-profit organization includes more than 250 members across 25 countries, representing all industry sectors within the electronic genre.

“Our industry continues to evolve at a pace, forever bringing with it new opportunities and emerging technologies,” Montello said in a statement. “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.”

In her first public speaking appearance since taking on the role, Montello will give one of the opening keynote addresses at this years International Music Summit in Ibiza, taking place on the island April 27-29, titled Ten Years of AFEM: Association for Electronic Music.

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