LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Former agent and label exec Doug D'Arcy has been elected to the post of Vice Chairman of the Association of Independent Music (AIM).
D'Arcy will take over the position from Chrysalis CEO Jeremy Lascelles, who's term was up in June.
"I am particularly happy to be the vice-chairman of AIM going into its tenth year," he said in a statement. "I think at this time of challenge and change the independent community’s willingness to offer a commitment to creativity an radical strategies is more relevant than ever." D'Arcy said in a statement.
D'Arcy began in the music businessin 1968 as a booking agent and manager at the Ellis-Wright Agency which became Chrysalis. He worked at Chrysalis Records as the Managing Director and then President in 1986. After its sale to EMI, Doug started Dedicated Records, a joint-venture with BMG, featuring Spaceman 3, Spiritualized, Cranes and in the US, Beth Orton.
Doug currently owns a music consultant, management and investment company, Songlines. He was a founding board member of the Association of Independent Music and now chairs its Training, Education and Mentoring committee. He is also a member of the Music Industry Advisory Panel to the Sector Skills Council for the Creative and Cultural Industries' (www.ccskills.org.uk). – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers