Andrew Heath – Director, 4AD Music

Andy Heath’s main commercial activity is as an independent music publisher, who has operated in the alternative music field for most of his career.  He is known for his long-term approach to talent development and early adoption of new business initiatives.

Between 1987 and 2001 Andy ran Momentum Music Ltd, owned in partnership with Martin Mills.  Momentum became one of the leading independent publishing companies in the UK and was sold to Universal Music in early 2001, which left him free to pursue various new business activities, including new publishing companies.

In 1991 he became a director of the Beggars Group, one of Europe’s largest and most significant independent music groups, releasing such artists as Dizzie Rascal, White Stripes, Lemon Jelly, Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, The Cult, St Etienne and the Charlatans.

Currently directing the Group’s e-commerce strategy, he is also director of Playlouder, an integrated music media company operating both on-line and off-line. More recently a leading private equity firm has asked Andy to represent them on the board of a significant new music venture.

Since 1989 Andy has served on the Council of the Music Publishers Association and was its President from 1993-97, during which time he was instrumental in setting up the operational merger of the Performing Rights Society and the Mechanical Copyright Collection Society, which is now known as The Music Alliance.  He is currently on the boards of both these societies.

He was the progenitor of the British Invisibles report on the foreign earnings of the music industry, which was so influential in Westminster and beyond, and co-founded the lobbying and educational organisation British Music Rights, of which he is still a director.  Andy also serves on the UK government’s Music Industry Forum.