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YolanDa Brown appointed President of the BPI

Saxophonist and composer YolanDa Brown told her social media followers that she had to remain silent for a few weeks, but was “full of gratitude and joy” to announce that she had been named president of the BPI.

The BPI – the representative voice of independent and major record labels across the UK confirmed the news last week.

Brown succeeds film producer and ex-Sony Music UK executive Ged Doherty, who announced in February that he would step down after seven years in the role.

Acclaimed musician, composer and broadcaster, Brown enthused: “There is something special about British music – our artists across many genres and generations have been the soundtrack to people’s lives.

“The past few years have been tough for our music community – we’ve had to evolve, listen more and empathize more, resolve past issues and collaborate to a much greater extent.

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“There is still a lot to do, but there are also so many exciting opportunities ahead of us.”

The two-time MOBO Award-winning artist added, “I am honored to take on this role as President of the BPI. Many thanks to my predecessor Ged Doherty for his dynamism and dedication, on which I will continue to rely.

“I look forward to working with the entire BPI Board and its members, CEO Geoff Taylor and his team, labels of all shapes and sizes, and of course artists and wider industry bodies as we let’s all continue to carry the flag of British music. ”

Geoff Taylor, BPI’s Managing Director, BRIT Awards & Mercury Prize, said: “I am delighted to have someone with the extraordinary talent and creative energy of YolanDa joining BPI as our new Chair, and I look forward also for the new perspective it will bring to our work at this pivotal and exciting time for British music.

“The breadth of his experience in so many areas of the music community will prove invaluable as we continue to support the success of our label members and their artists around the world.”

Doherty, outgoing president of BPI, said: “This is an exciting appointment for the BPI, and I congratulate YolanDa and wish her all the best in this role.”

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