Paul Pacifico will leave Britain’s Association of Independent Music (AIM) at the end of 2022, the organization announced on Monday (August 15). His departure coincides with the end of his second three-year term as CEO, which officially ends that October. 31, although he will remain in the role until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition.
During his tenure, Pacifico led AIM through such earth-shattering chapters as Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. He also oversaw the establishment of a free Associate Membership level and the launch of last year’s free Future Independents online conference to promote access to learning resources and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and artists from diverse backgrounds.
Recently, under Pacifico’s leadership, the organization created a new MA Music Business distance learning program with Middlesex University, which launched in July. AIM also partnered with skills accreditation organization CLOCK to award formal credits for on-the-job learning, good for qualifications including the Middlesex University MA.
In his first three-year term as CEO, Pacifico spearheaded the move of the AIM Independent Music Awards to The Roundhouse for its first public live show in 2019. Since then, he has expanded AIM’s events program by introducing AIM Sync and Future Independents, while also that the organization’s network is expanded by developing the “Friends of AIM” and “Platinum Partnership” initiatives.
Other key achievements during Pacifico’s time as CEO include the creation of AIM’s free diversity and inclusion training program, EDI Level-Up, and the initiation of the Music Climate Pact, an effort to decarbonize the global recorded music industry.
For his efforts, Pacifico was named a Billboard International Power Player earlier this year.
Pacifico joined AIM in 2016 after serving as CEO of the UK’s Featured Artist Coalition and as Founding President of the International Artist Organisation. Throughout, he has continued to work as an associate professor at Berklee Valencia, as well as creative director, session musician and featured artist.
“I joined AIM six years ago with the challenge of reinvigorating it as one of the most energetic and relevant voices in music to represent both the established but also the up-and-coming creative entrepreneurs in our sector,” Pacifico said in an announcement. “I feel I have done much of the work I came to AIM to do and I am proud to leave AIM in a position of tremendous strength for the future of the community, members and team. I am enormously grateful for the support from the community, my board and my incredible team over the last six years who have enabled me to deliver on so much of the promise that AIM represents and to shine a light on the vibrant and innovative UK independent music community .I look forward to the road ahead and the opportunities that undoubtedly await.”
Nadia KhanChair of the AIM Board, added: “It has been a very rewarding experience working closely with Paul and seeing his commitment to value-driven leadership, investment in fostering open communication and building a culture of fair and transparent leadership. AIM Board, team and members are the most diverse they’ve ever been, we’ve leveled access to resources and opportunities for creative entrepreneurs, and Paul’s impact and legacy are towering examples of this, I’m truly sad to see him leave and I wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”