Simon Wheeler - Director of Strategy, Beggars Group

Previously a musician, remixer, engineer, producer and promoter, Simon has been with The Beggars Group since 1990.

Starting work with online distribution in 1997 – licensing the entire groups catalogue for individual download and delivering the first territorially restricted download in 1998 –  Simon has since worked with almost every significant entity in digital media, many of whom are best forgotten!?

He is chairman of AIM’s New Media Committee in the UK, has spoken at most music conferences around the world on digital music and media, made statements to the UK parliament on DRM and has testified at the USA’s CRB webcasting proceedings, but the most important role is keeping the Beggars Group of labels at the forefront of all new technologies to deliver its award winning roster of artists to the widest possible audience.

The Beggars Group of labels consists of XL Recordings, Beggars Banquet, Matador, 4AD, Rough Trade, Too Pure and Playlouderecordings.