Paul Reed

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As Chief Executive of AIF, Paul is responsible for managing the UK’s leading festival representative body.

Paul manages day-to-day operations of the association, alongside implementing strategic development and growth. Paul also oversees all campaigns, communications, partnerships, events and membership development in addition to curating the conference programme at Festival Congress, AIF’s annual flagship conference and awards event.

With 15 years of experience in the field, Paul has an extensive background in the live music industry having started as an independent promoter alongside working at festivals such as Secret Garden Party. Paul then worked at music development agency Generator in a wide-ranging role that included managing their live programmes.

Paul was also previously Head of Operations at classical music centre The Conservatoire and Operations Manager at The Event Umbrella, managing the office and events team for a specialist event company contracted to produce all festivals and events across the London Borough of Ealing, the third largest Borough in London.

My Sessions

The Dystopian Morning After: Opening Comments

AIF CEO Paul Reed welcomes delegates to a Dystopian morning after the night before at the Independent Festival Awards.


Mission Control: Welcome to Utopia

AIF CEO Paul Reed and Chair Jim Mawdsley open the conference and welcome delegates to Utopia.


Panel: State of Independence

With frequent shifts of ownership in the festival sector, a crowded marketplace and the growth of small to medium festivals, we ask: What does ‘Independence’ truly mean in the current festival climate and how should we define this? What are audiences responding to? And is the future of festivals to be found in catering to […]


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