Martin Mills

Chairman – Beggars Group, Impala (UK) UK

Board Member

Martin Mills is the founder and chairman of the wholly independent Beggars Group of Labels, which comprises 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, Young Turks and XL Recordings.

Martin’s forty-year career began in the early 70s with a chain of second-hand and new record stores around London. In 1979, his fledgling Beggars Banquet label struck gold with Gary Numan, followed by the Associates, Bauhaus, the Cult and the Charlatans. Re-investing profits, he set up 4AD with store manager Ivo Watts-Russell, who, from a back office, broke the Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil and Pixies. Then, with the house explosion of 1989, Mills set up XL Recordings with Richard Russell, who went on to break the Prodigy, White Stripes, the xx, MIA, Vampire Weekend and Adele. As well as acquiring half of Matador into his increasingly powerful Beggars Group, Mills has been a key figure in the rehabilitation of Rough Trade. A committed defender of underdogs, he helped establish Merlin to enable independent producers to access the big digital platforms. He also helped set up A2IM, the association of American indies, and is a board member. He is also a current board member and past chairman of Merlin, AIM, Impala and WIN. In 2012 he was invited to testify in front of a Senate committee (US Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee) about the UMG/EMI merger and the future of online music.

The Beggars Group is based in London and has multiple offices in Europe, Canada and Asia in addition to their US headquarters in New York City and office in Los Angeles.

Martin Mills accolades…..

1998 – The Strat award, Music Week
2007 – Honored by The Queen with an MBE
2011 - Industry Champion Award at the Inaugural Artist & Manager Awards
2011 - Number 22 in The Guardian's Inaugural Music Power 100 list
2012 – Inaugural Lifetime Achievement award by A2IM
2012 – MPG (Music Producers Guild) Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award
2013 – Billboard Industry Icon award
2014 - The Inaugural CMW Global Impact Award at Canadian Music Week
2014 - Pioneer Award at the AIM Independent Music Awards
2016,17,19 - Billboard Power 100 list
2017,18,19 - Billboard Indie Power Player list
2018, 19 - Variety International Music Leader