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Vick Bain appointed as ISM President (2022/23)

The ISM is delighted to announce the appointment of Vick Bain, diversity consultant and former CEO of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, as ISM President 2022-23. Her term as President began at the ISM AGM on Saturday 7 May 2022 with the presidential medal handover from outgoing President Deborah Keyser, who becomes Past-President.

Additionally, Pauline Black, Head of Music at the University of Aberdeen, has been announced as President-Elect, to serve as ISM President 2023-24.

Vick has worked in music for twenty-five years with a background as a musician; for six years she was Chief Executive Officer of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (Ivors Academy) and was enrolled into the Music Week Women in Music Awards Roll of Honour and Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Music Industry Powerlist.

Vick now specialises as a consultant and campaigner for diversity and inclusion in music, training and advising organisations across the sector. This is grounded in her work as a PhD researcher at Queen Mary University researching women’s careers in music. Vick is a regular press commentator on diversity in the music industry with regular articles as well as an influential report Counting the Music Industry, a gender audit of UK record labels and publishing companies. She is the founder of The F-List for Music directory of female musicians which is a not-for-profit organisation campaigning on behalf of and supporting female musicians in the UK.

Vick is also a trustee of charity Parents & Carers in Performing Arts and a board director of music technology start-up Delic.

On taking up her position, Vick Bain said:

‘I am honoured to take on the role of President of the ISM. It has been a privilege to work alongside Deborah Keyser, the Board and of course, the ISM’s Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts. I have greatly enjoyed being a Board member over the past few years, and am delighted to have the opportunity to continue this work in my role as President.

This is a really important time for the music sector as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, face the challenges of Brexit, music education, and strive for a safe and more inclusive sector. I know that the ISM works tirelessly to support our members and will continue to be a strong, independent organisation and campaigning voice for musicians.

I am very much looking forward to working with our members in the year ahead.’

Pauline Black is a Senior Lecturer and Performance Coordinator at the University of Aberdeen. Her professional career has involved teaching and leading participatory music projects in various different contexts, including in Higher Education, in schools and in a range of community settings.

Pauline has particular interests in informal learning and improvising, jazz in education, digital creativity and music technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and the Higher Education Academy.

Pauline has over 20 years of teaching experience in secondary schools and was formerly Faculty Head (Expressive Arts) at Harlaw Academy in Aberdeen City. She is also pursuing a PhD exploring learning in jazz and improvising, at the University of Edinburgh.

She has several years of experience in fulfilling board roles in the music industry and is currently co-chair of Jazz in Education UK and a board member for Sound New Music Incubator, as well as being a nominator for Scottish Album of the Year.

Throughout lockdown, she endeavoured to find various ways to continue to engage musicians in music making and sharing. Pauline's research and practice explores music, excellence, inclusion and identities and what these key terms mean to different communities. She enjoys playing the trumpet and singing in a range of ensembles and genres.