Alison Wenham is stepping down as Chief Executive of The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN).
Wenham (pictured) is exiting the organisation, which represents the interests of the global independent music sector, after 12 years at the helm.
She joined WIN full time in 2016 after stepping aside as CEO of the UK’s Association of Independent Music (AIM), which she led since its launch in 1999.
WIN was also set up under Wenham’s leadership initially as an informal global network in 2006 in response to global threats and opportunities for the independent music community.
During Wenham’s time as CEO of WIN the organization has gathered intelligence and provided its members with a global overview of issues affecting the independent sector.
The annual WINTEL Report for example, commissioned by WIN and now in its third year, maps global market share.
WIN has also pressed for the independent sector to be formally represented in the governance of collection societies around the world.
“Since launching AIM in 1999 I have stood shoulder to shoulder with amazing friends and colleagues as, together, we set out and then delivered a new era of respect for the role and importance of the sector.”
Alison Wenham said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to devote two decades of my life and career to helping ensure the stability and continued growth of the independent music sector.
“Since launching AIM in 1999 I have stood shoulder to shoulder with amazing friends and colleagues as, together, we set out and then delivered a new era of respect for the role and importance of the sector.
“We changed attitudes towards the sector across the world, and ensured that independent music copyrights are now recognized and valued. I am immensely proud of all we have achieved in that time and independent music will remain a passion of mine.
“I have decided, however, that the time is now right, with the organization in good health, to step down from my position at WIN. I want to thank everybody I have worked with over the years for their incredible support.”
“Alison has been a force of nature for all of us, and a central factor in indies being able to compete worldwide with companies many times their size.”
Martin Mills, WIN
Martin Mills, current WIN Chairman, added: “Alison has been a force of nature for all of us, and a central factor in indies being able to compete worldwide with companies many times their size.
“As she moves on, she leaves us strong and thriving, and looking forward to many fruitful seasons. For that we are eternally grateful to her.”Music Business Worldwide