There’s a perception – not entirely unfair – that senior figurehead status at a music industry body is something often clung onto for as long as possible.
However, amid the wider debate about how to ensure these bodies are as representative as possible, we’re seeing more emphasis on succession plans and refreshed boards.
Witness Ivors Academy chair Crispin Hunt’s decision to step down this week, saying that “bed hogging is not my style” while celebrating the changes at the UK songwriters organisation.
“Our Board is the strongest and most diverse it has ever been, with more women than men and a mix of backgrounds, ethnicities and locations across the UK. We continue to have under-25-year-old representation on our Board to empower new generations of creators as well as present. In their safe and capable hands, with confidence and pride, I leave the future of our Academy,” said Hunt.
He’s been one of the main figures in the UK’s debate about the music streaming economy, so we’ll be interested to see who replaces him, and how they approach that issue.