The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) has finalised its 51-person advisory board, with the latest industry figures to join including Ministry of Sound boss Lohan Presencer, Avicii manager Ash Pournouri and Defected’s Simon Dunmore. “The time is right for dance music to assert its voice,” says AFEM’s Ben Turner. “The energy and passion of our advisory board is clear. It is striking to see so many people who ordinarily are fierce rivals joining together to fight for the music they love.” Co-founder Kurosh Nasseri hints at big ambitions for AFEM. “Electronic music is the sleeping giant of the music industry. Everyone knows it is there, everyone knows it’s big, but nobody knows just how big it is. The result has been that dance music still fails to receive the respect and recognition that it deserves. Tackling that recognition gap is among our earliest priorities.”

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