Today the AMA-UK have announced that Stevie Smith, who has been CEO since 2013, has stepped down from her role.
In a statement shared this afternoon, the organisation, who host the yearly UK Americana Week shows and conferences in London, said, "Like us, we know you will be sad to see Stevie go but we wish her well as she moves onto pastures new and we know she will remain a staunch advocate and ambassador for all things Americana music in the UK."
Smith herself commented, "the Association is at such an exciting stage in its journey and there are big ideas and plans ahead; as such, I no longer feel i am the right person to lead this onwards".
They followed by sharing that the resignation has also left them "exploring the implications" and that they will "pause planning for UK Americana Week scheduled for January 2024".
"In the coming weeks and months", they continue, "we will seek to engage with you - our members and friends - to explore how the AMA-UK can return in 2024 even strong, even bolder and even more valuable to you as musicians, songwriters, business leaders and fans".
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