British indie trade body AIM is looking for a new chief executive, after current boss Alison Wenham announced she is stepping aside to focus on her role at global body WIN.

The latter is spinning off from AIM as a standalone trade association with Wenham as chief executive, although the change will not happen until her replacement at AIM has been found.

It’s a big moment for AIM, since Wenham has been in charge ever since it was founded in 1999. The trade association has since campaigned on all matters independent, from tackling YouTube over its licensing practices to helping indie labels secure funding and boost their business skills.

“As the music marketplace becomes ever more global it is time for the worldwide independent music community to focus its collective attention on the big issues affecting all of us,” said Wenham.

Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills – an AIM co-founder – described the outgoing chief as “a force of nature” and noted that “we live in a global business, and her guidance is now needed on a broader canvas”.

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