Webbo To Champion Indies At The BPI
UK record companies' trade association the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) has appointed Jon Webster - Webbo - as director of independent member services as it moves to further strengthen its services to the UK's thriving independent record company sector.
Webster, who helped turn Virgin Records UK into the biggest independent record company in the UK before its sale to EMI, has worked in almost every area of the UK music industry and has run small independent label Aquarian Nation for the past four years.
Working from the BPI office, Webster will also chair a new BPI Independents Committee which will be charged with ensuring that independents' interests are reflected across the BPI's activities.
BPI Chairman Peter Jamieson said, "The BPI is an industry association in which majors and indies sit side-by-side. But independents are often too time-pressured to engage fully with every industry issue. What this appointment is about is ensuring we have a heavy-hitter who is focused 100% on independents concerns at all times. Jon Webster has operated at every level and most areas of the recording industry. He is principled, straight-talking and down-to-earth. He is the ideal person to represent the independent sector at the BPI and to help us continue the process of upgrading our services to members."