Martin Mills
Tim Soter
United Kingdom
2022

Beggars Group

Martin
Mills

Founder / Chairman

As a longtime board member of global rights ­collective Merlin, Mills has been a leading voice in the indie-label community. This year saw his Beggars Group — home of 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL, Young and Beggars’ own releases — fine-tune its systems for maximum performance while shoring up its organizational structure. To that end, former 4AD label manager Nabil Ayers became Beggars Group’s U.S. president, head of product management Claire Taylor rose to GM, and Andy Larsen moved from director to head of sales as 4AD’s Alyssa Debonis rose from West Coast to U.S. label manager. On the streaming side, Brandon Becker became Beggars’ first global streaming head, while Matthew Gawrych was recruited from FUGA to become U.S. streaming director. Key 2022 releases arrived from Spoon, Big Thief and Radiohead offshoot the Smile. 

Career

  • Beggars Group

Education

  • University of Oxford (UK)

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Influential Labels Beggars Group, Domino, Saddle Creek Pact With Redeye Distribution

Influential Labels Beggars Group, Domino, Saddle Creek Pact With Redeye Distribution

The Beggars Group, Domino Recording Co. and Saddle Creek, three of the most influential indie record labels in the music industry, have signed a deal with North Carolina-based Redeye for U.S. distribution of physical products. The pact goes in effect January 1, 2020.London-headquartered Beggars Group, founded by Martin Mills in 1977, is home to 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade, Young Turks and XL Recordings. Its artist roster has included such artists as Adele, FKA Twigs, Kurt Vile, The xx and...

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