LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has elected three new board members.
The appointments took place during AIF’s first AGM since becoming a fully autonomous body, having separated from the UK’s Association of Independent Music (AIM) in April of 2018.
Rewind Festival’s Katt Lingard, Kevin Moore at Vision Nine (Boardmasters and NASS) and Nozstock’s Rob Nosworthy were all added to the trade body’s board, increasing its capacity to 11 from eight.
They join representatives from Deer Shed, ArcTanGent, Kilimanjaro Live, Broadwick Live, Greenbelt, Standon Calling, Liverpool Sound City and The Fair.
Commenting on the board’s latest additions, AIF CEO Paul Reed said: “We’re delighted to welcome Katt, Rob and Kevin to the AIF board, all of whom bring a range of skills and unique perspectives to the table. With a membership of 65 festivals from 500 to 60,000 capacity, it is important that the complete range is represented. These are excellent appointments and it feels like we’re in a strong place going into 2019/2020.”
In the year since becoming independent from AIM, AIF celebrated a hard-fought victory for its members in May 2018, after PRS for Music announced a new Tariff LP with reduced rates for festivals – a crucial change that AIF had championed over the past years.
AIF then went on to spearhead the Drastic on Plastic campaign in 2019, which saw AIF members commit to eliminating single-use plastic at their events by 2021, and also published an ownership map of UK festivals last summer, making renewed calls for a competition investigation into Live Nation’s dominant market position and alleged damaging effects on competition.