Martin Mills - Chairman, Beggars Group

Martin Mills was born in May 1949 and grew up in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, going to Berkhamsted and Magdalen College Schools. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oriel College, Oxford, in 1970.

He set up Beggars Banquet in 1974, initially as record shops, and guided its expansion into the Beggars Banquet record label in 1977, and subsequently into other label and music publishing operations. The group has established and participated in the 4AD, Mantra, Wiiija, Too Pure, Nation, XL and Mo’Wax labels, together with the Momentum Music publishing company and PlayLouder.com. In 2002 it completed the purchase of 50% of Matador Records, one of America’s largest and most respected independent labels. It is now one of the biggest independent music groups in the UK, with offices also in New York and five other international capitals, together with joint venture companies in Spain and Australia. Following a split with his original partner, Nick Austin, in 1982, he is now the sole owner of the Beggars Group.

He served on the BPI Council, the governing body of the record industry, from 1987 to 2000, and is also a director of the record companies’ licensing bodies, PPL and VPL, and a member of the government’s Music Industry Forum.

He has been actively involved in independent distribution in the UK, and in promoting the interests of the independent sector, and was instrumental in the setting up of the Association of Independent Music in 1999, IMPALA in 2000, and most recently the Worldwide Independent Network, each representing the interests of the independent music industry. He has been Vice-Chairman of AIM and is currently Chairman of IMPALA and a board member of WIN.

He lives in Ham, SW London and in Antibes, France, with his wife and two children.