BPI Indie Label Champion Exits For New MMF Role
UK recorded music industry association the BPI has announced that Director of Independent Services Jon Webster is to leave the organisation to take up the newly created post of Chief Executive of the Music Managers Forum. The BPI is currently in the process of recruiting a new independents director.
In his two and a half year tenure, Webster greatly increased the independent representation within the BPI, developing a strong agenda for the sector whilst vastly improving the services the organisation offers to independent record labels. The BPI's independent membership currently stands at 377 companies, an increase of 40% since May 2005.
BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor said: "A strong advocate for the indie sector, Webbo has transformed the BPI's independents agenda in two and a half short years and it's no coincidence that our independent membership has almost doubled in that time. The independent sector is now better represented within the BPI than ever before; Webbo has built a strong foundation for us to develop even better services for our independent members.
"The music industry is in a time of great change, and we can better overcome the challenges and embrace the new opportunities change brings by standing together. Developing an even closer working relationship with the MMF and the wider music industry is vital and to that end we very much look forward to working in partnership with Webbo in his new role."
Jon Webster said: "I have enjoyed my time at the BPI immensely, and have been honoured to champion this vital sector of the industry a time when all labels are facing vast challenges to their business models. I'm pleased to say that the independent sector is now better represented within the BPI than ever before - but I could not resist this new challenge. I have worked with managers and artists for over 30 years through my time with Virgin, as an independent manager as well as running a label. I'm looking forward to it"
MMF chairman Jazz Summers said: "We at the MMF are absolutely delighted that Jon Webster has agreed to join us as Chief Executive. Jon brings to our organisation a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience coupled with great enthusiasm for the changes which we intend to implement at the MMF over the next few months. With Webbo in place, watch this space!"
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