A2IM President Rich Bengloff Steps Down


The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced that Rich Bengloff will be stepping down from his role as President. Having served at the helm of A2IM for eight and a half years,  he will be assisting the current A2IM board and Interim President Molly Neuman in the search for a new President.

A2IM is celebrating its 10th year of existence in 2015, and has grown to a membership of over 360 labels and 150 service providers from across the country representing every musical genre, business size and geographical location. During his tenure as President of A2IM, Rich Bengloff is responsible for overseeing many critical accomplishments for the organization:

  • the recognition and highlighting of the growth of the Independent Market Share based on ownership
  • greater visibility and an increased presence for indie labels in Washington, D.C.
  • rallied for equitable licensing terms
  • and the establishment of music’s first government-funded export trade programs

The statement from Rich Bengloff on A2IM’s website:

Rich Bengloff notes “I considered my tenure as A2IM president as the greatest personal and professional honor of my career and thank our members for their trust and faith in me and the A2IM staff. But believing in term limits, as exists for the A2IM board, it’s time for a fresh look. While the search for the next President ensues I will be advising and consulting during the transition and I hope to keep in touch with many of our members going forward.  I especially would like to thank the A2IM staff for their hard work and achievements, especially the two longest-serving A2IM employees, Jim Mahoney who served the A2IM community for seven years with A2IM and now serves via Merlin, and Jen Masset who for over six years has and continues to serve the A2IM community. I wish the A2IM staff and all our A2IM members all the best always.

CIMA has worked extensively with A2IM and Rich Bengloff on a number of important issues and events over the last several years, including most recently at a panel at Canadian Music Week , working to remove barriers at the Canada-US border, and the recent CIMA delegation to A2IM’s Indie Week 2015 in June. Rich has always been a good friend and partner to CIMA, and indeed the independent community worldwide. We sincerely wish Rich the best of luck with his future endeavours, and we look forward to working with the incoming A2IM President.