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Richard Burgess

CEO,
A2IM (American Association of Independent Music)
New York, NY, USA
Currently CEO for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Richard James Burgess Ph.D. has produced many gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums. He authored The Art of Record Production in 1997 and the second, third and fourth editions now entitled The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice, 4th edition (Oxford University Press). His latest book, also on Oxford University Press, is entitled The History of Music Production. Burgess has been a major label recording artist and composer with hit records in his own right; was a studio musician of note, and has worked internationally for most major labels as a producer, engineer, re-mixer and manager of artists and producers. He is known for his pioneering work with synthesizers, computers, and sampling; as an inventor of the SDSV drum synthesizer, and for coining the music genre terms EDM and New Romantic. Educated at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and The University of South Wales, he played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (U.K.) and won Music Week, British Arts Council, Park Lane Group, Greater London Arts Association awards, and most recently he won the 2016 British Council’s Education UK Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. He currently works at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in Washington DC, where he was co-producer, co-executive producer and project director for Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, a seven-year project chronicling more than a century of jazz.