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News January 22, 2020

UNIFIED’s Matt Rogers elected to WIN board

Senior Journalist, B2B
UNIFIED’s Matt Rogers elected to WIN board

UNIFIED Music Group’s Mathew Rogers is announced to the newly-elected board of directors at the Worldwide Independent Network, the indies’ global umbrella organisation.

Melbourne-based Rogers, Chief Operating Officer at UNIFIED, is part of a 15-person board at WIN, which is split between the three regions North America, Europe and Rest of the World.

Joining Rogers and his fellow ROW members is Dylan Pellett, general manager of Independent Music NZ, who serves as a WIN board “observer.”

Secret City Justin West

Secret City’s Justin West

Secret City Records chief Justin West stays on as chair of the WIN board, which features five new directors: Francesca Trainini of Italian association PMI and chair of IMPALA; Garry West of U.S. label Compass Records; Jörg Heidemann of German trade body VUT; Lisa Levy of American dance label Robbins Entertainment; and Zena White of pioneering U.S. indie Partisan Records, which boasts offices in Los Angeles, London, Mexico City and New York.

Rotating out are Darius Van Arman, Horst Weidenmüller, Louis Posen, Vic Zaraya and Martin Mills, founder of Beggars Group and one of the architects of the independent music industry’s global support network.



In a statement announcing the new board, WIN COO Charlie Phillips says, “I am excited to be working with this group of leading executives from our sector to best serve the global independent community moving forward.”

WIN was established in 2006 in response to business, creative and market access issues faced globally by the independent music industry.

The full WIN board is below:

Francesca Trainini (PMI)
Jörg Heidemann (VUT)
Kees Van Weijen (STOMP)
Mark Kitcatt (Everlasting Records)
Michel Lambot (PIAS)

Observer: Helen Smith (IMPALA)

North America
Garry West (Compass Records)
Justin West (Secret City Records)
Lisa Levy (Robbins Entertainment)
Richard Burgess (A2IM)
Zena White (Partisan Records)

Observer: Jason Peterson (GoDigital Media Group)

Rest of World
Carlos Mills (ABMI/Mills Records)
Chan Kim (Fluxus Music)
Matthew Rogers (Unified Music Group)
Oliver Knust (IMICHILE/Discos Rio Bueno)
Takashi Kamide (IMCJ)

Observer: Dylan Pellett (IMNZ)
Alternates: Jeffrey Chiang (Fluxus Music), Tak Yamazaki (IMCJ)

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.


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