The BPI is marking its 50th anniversary this year as the representative voice for the UK’s world-leading record labels and music companies with a new document detailing 50 of its most significant achievements.
Reflecting the organisation’s five decades of promoting and protecting British music, the document highlights such landmark moments as launching what became The BRIT Awards, helping to found the world-beating BRIT School whose alumni includes Adele, Amy Winehouse, Cat Burns and Loyle Carner and establishing the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) that provides investment to independent music companies to promote their artists overseas. It was written and compiled by the BPI’s Strategic Communications Consultant and former Music Week editor Paul Williams and can be read in full here.
The document covers the diverse range of activity the BPI undertakes on behalf of its members, from content protection to fight online and physical music piracy, and its public affairs, communications, legal and member services work to staging world-leading music events such as The BRIT Awards with Mastercard and the Mercury Prize. This is in addition to its role charting the industry’s achievements with the likes of the BRIT Certified Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards and the recently-launched BRIT Billion award to ongoing issues such as its application to the Department for Education to open a specialist creative school in the North of England.
Sophie Jones, BPI Chief Strategy Officer and Interim CEO said: “The BPI’s core mission throughout the last 50 years has always been clear, which is to promote British music and sustain an environment where our record labels can thrive and prioritise investment in UK artists’ careers and development. These 50 highlights showcase the true extent of the BPI’s industry-wide and global work and I would like to thank the entire BPI team, past and present, for their work and dedication.
“Although it’s wonderful to reflect on these landmark achievements in our 50th anniversary year, the BPI remains focused on looking ahead to the next 50 years of music and the opportunities and developments shaping our industry’s future.”