BPI

London, United Kingdom

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7JA
United Kingdom

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Independent music sector on course to grow market share for fifth consecutive year in the UK

Independent record labels' share of the UK recorded music market is on course to grow for a fifth consecutive year in 2022, according to new analysis from the BPI, the representative voice for independent and major record labels across the UK.

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BPI & BRITs chief announces departure in 2023, in BPI’s 50th anniversary year

Geoff Taylor, the Chief Executive Officer of record label trade body the BPI, who also oversees the BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize, has announced his intention to move on in 2023 to a more directly commercial role, after 25 years working for label associations, including more than 15 years leading the BPI.

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BPI response to CMA interim report on music & streaming market study

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI said: "We welcome the CMA's preliminary findings, which have concluded that the streaming market is competitive, providing artists with more ways to release their music, and fans with more choice and value than ever before."

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YolanDa Brown appointed Chair of the BPI

The BPI – the representative voice for independent and major record labels across the UK – is delighted to announce that its new Chair is acclaimed musician, composer and broadcaster YolanDa Brown.

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Record industry extends blocking of pirate websites to mobile networks

The BPI, the representative voice for independent and major record labels, has today confirmed that High Court website blocking of pirate music sites and apps – which previously applied only to users of fixed line broadband networks – is being extended to users of mobile networks, starting with EE, part of the BT group.

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BPI analysis of year’s biggest albums reveals breadth of music creativity across UK

Nearly two-thirds of the past year’s most successful UK albums came from domestic artists who either grew up or formed their bands in the nations and regions outside of London, with the North West leading the way1, according to a new report from the BPI, the representative voice for independent and major record labels. 

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BPI "All About the Music" 2022 yearbook reveals more artists and tracks succeed on streaming than ever before

New analysis from the BPI – the UK association of independent and major record labels – reveals that a record number of tracks are now hitting eight-figure UK streaming totals.

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New releases' share of UK's vinyl LP market leapt by more than 40% in 2021, BPI analysis reveals

New analysis from the BPI – the UK association of independent and major record labels – unveils that new albums increased their share of the UK's vinyl LP market by more than 40% in 2021. Nearly 43% of LP sales last year were for albums released during the calendar year, compared to 30% in 2020.

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Indie music surge continues with fourth consecutive year of growth

New analysis from the BPI – the UK association of independent and major record labels – shows that independently released music is thriving and in 2021 enjoyed its fourth consecutive year of growth.

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UK recorded music revenues continue recovery in 2021

The BPI, the association of independent and major record labels, today reports that UK recorded music revenue rose by 12.8% in 2021 to reach £1.262 billion.

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Ged Doherty to step down as BPI Chair

UK record labels association the BPI today announces that Ged Doherty has given notice of his intention to step down as its Chair after seven years in the role.

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Mulika Sannie appointed Deputy Chair of The BRIT Trust

Tony Wadsworth CBE, Chair of The BRIT Trust music charity, is today delighted to announce that he has appointed Mulika Sannie to the newly created role of Deputy Chair.

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More artists succeed as streaming drives music growth, fuelled by record label investment

Official figures released by record labels' association the BPI, based on Official Charts Company data1, show that recorded music consumption in the UK rose by 2.5% in 2021, with 159 million albums or their equivalent either streamed or purchased across all formats by music fans.

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Fans loving physical albums: vinyl & cassettes continue surge; CD decline slows

New figures to be released by record labels' association the BPI using Official Charts Company data will show that purchases of vinyl LPs and audio cassettes in 2021 continued their surge of recent years. Fans kept showing their love of the album on physical format while also continuing to stream in ever-growing numbers.

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Leon Neville to join BPI in new Director of Insight role

Leon joins on 1st December 2021 and will take over from Chris Green, who retires at the end of the year as Director of Research after 31 years with the BPI, having joined from HMV in 1990 as Research Manager.

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20 British Indie Artists Share £300,000 Music Exports Boost

Independent & major labels trade association the BPI today announces details of its 20th round of Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) funding, with a total of £300,000 awarded in support of 20 independent UK artists as they look to grow their international profile in music markets around the world.

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Match of the Day: The Intersection of Music & Professional Sport

There are just under two weeks to the BPI's third and final Insight Session of the year – which for this latest edition will look at the intersection of music and professional sports.

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The BPI welcomes the CMA's study into the music streaming market

"The BPI welcomes the CMA's study into the music streaming market. We look forward to seeing the scope of the project in due course and engaging with the CMA to inform its work."

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The Annual BPI Classical Committee / PPL quiz in aid of Nordoff Robbins returns

The BPI Classical Committee announced the Annual BPI Classical Committee / PPL Quiz in aid of Nordoff Robbins on Wednesday, 24th of November from 6pm in The Flamingo Room, upstairs at O'Neill's, 33-37 Wardour St, London W1D 6PU.

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BPI Equality Sessions: Celebrating Black History Month

UK independent and major record labels association the BPI is delighted to announce that the latest in its series of BPI Equality Sessions will take place on Wednesday, 20th October (4pm– 6pm) and will honour Black History Month.

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BPI announces its latest free Insight Session for 4th November 2021

The BPI is pleased to announce the next edition in its regular series of BPI Insight Sessions – Match of the Day: The Intersection of Music & Professional Sport, which will take place on Thursday, 4th November from 4.00pm.

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Latest round of Music Export Growth Scheme funding opens 24th August

Applications for the next round (20) of Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) funding will open at 10.00am on 24th August and close at midnight on 27th September 2021.

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BRITs Apprentice Scheme returns to boost more young talent looking to forge a career in the music industry

The BRITs Apprentice Scheme is back for a third round and is now recruiting for ten apprentices to take up fifteen-month paid placements with independent record labels and music companies.

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BPI announces next BPI equality session to conclude Pride Month

The BPI are delighted to announce the second event in its BPI Equality Sessions series, 'Celebrating Pride', on June 30th at 4pm. The free online session will hear from a range of diverse voices drawn from across the music industry and the wider LGBTQIA+ community. We are now pleased to announce two more acclaimed trans activists have joined our discussions - please see details below.

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Fans flocking to UK independent labels' music across streaming and physical formats

More than a quarter of all music consumed in the UK in 2020 was by artists from the independent music community, the BPI and AIM reported today. Between them, record label associations AIM and the BPI represent the spectrum of recorded music rightsholder businesses in the UK.

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National Album Day returns for 2021, with its theme 'Celebrating Women In Music'

National Album Day will return for its fourth edition on Saturday, 16th October and this year will take as its theme Celebrating Women in Music, shining a light on the huge contribution made by women and female-identifying artists to our music and culture through the art form of the album.

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£1 Billion Exports Opportunity Beckons for British Music

The global growth in music streaming and Britain’s exceptional talent as a music nation is poised to push UK music exports to more than £1 billion a year by 2030, a new report by independent and major labels association the BPI reveals today.

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10 diverse indie artists to benefit from £100,000 music exports boost in the latest round of the Music Export Growth Scheme

Over £4 million invested in supporting over 280 diverse, independent artists since the scheme’s launch; generating over £46.5 million in music exports for the UK and a return of £12 for every £1 invested.

About Us

BPI represents the UK’s recorded music industry, which is one of the most exciting and thriving music sectors in the world. British artists account for one in eight albums purchased by fans around the globe.

As a trade body, we champion the interests of our membership which includes more than 400 independent music companies and the UK’s major record companies – Universal Music UK, Sony Music UK, and Warner Music UK. Together, BPI’s members account for 85% of all music sold in the United Kingdom.

BPI organises The annual BRIT Awards with Mastercard show, The Hyundai Mercury Prize and the Classic BRIT Awards show.

BPI co-owns The Official Charts in a joint venture with the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). The Official Charts is responsible for the commissioning, distribution, marketing and promotion of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and sales data.

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London
Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7JA
United Kingdom