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Deborah Keyser appointed as ISM President (2021/22) with Vick Bain announced as President-Elect

Two exceptional women leaders to usher in the next phase of the ISM's development

The ISM is delighted to announce the appointment of Deborah Keyser, Director of Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales, as ISM President 2021-22. Deborah will commence her presidency from Saturday 24 April 2021. Additionally, Vick Bain, diversity consultant and former CEO of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, has been announced as President-Elect, to serve as ISM President 2022-23.

Deborah Keyser has been Director of Tŷ Cerdd since 2016, having previously been the Director of Creu Cymru, the development agency for theatres and arts centres in Wales. Deborah’s work at Tŷ Cerdd involves her in a range of support activity for the Welsh music sector, from artist development and publishing, to partnership-brokering and lobbying. She is a Trustee of the Presteigne Festival, Sinfonia Cymru and Anthem Music Fund Wales

On taking up her position, Deborah Keyser said:

‘I am excited to begin my term as ISM President, and I must start by thanking 2020-21 President, Professor Chris Collins, who has helped to guide the ISM through its most challenging year. I am greatly looking forward to continuing work that Chris and the leadership team have started, and help the ISM to continue its vital role in the protecting musicians and music in the UK – through COVID-19 and beyond.’

Vick Bain maintains a thriving consultancy practice specialising in diversity in music, with current clients including Attitude Is Everything, Counterculture, Beggars Music Group and Durham Brass. She is also a regular visiting lecturer on the Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management degree at Falmouth University. In 2019, Vick authored the report Counting the Music Industry, a gender-gap analysis of the rosters of over 300 UK music publishers and record labels. In 2020, Vick founded and curated The F-List for Music CIC, a fully-searchable directory of female musicians based in the UK, supported by a not-for-profit organisation.

On the announcement of her appointment, President-Elect, Vick Bain said:

‘I am truly honoured to take up this position, supporting Deborah Keyser this coming year, and the Presidency in 2022. Equality, diversity, and inclusion have been a driving force throughout my career, and I am proud to support the ISM in building upon its trailblazing ‘Dignity at Work’ campaign, and helping it continue to be at the forefront of addressing issues of inequality and discrimination within the music sector.’

The ISM was founded in 1882 and shortly after its inception, women became eligible to be full members of the professional association, making it a torchbearer for inclusion right from the start.

ISM Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts, said:

‘I am delighted that the ISM will have the benefit of the expertise of Deborah and Vick. The individual skillsets of these two exceptional leaders in the music industry will help to shape the future of the ISM, as we continue to grow and develop as an organisation.’

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