Tony Wadsworth - Chairman, BPI

Tony Wadsworth was Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland from 1998 to 2008.

In a 26-year career with the UK based company , he held many roles including Managing Director of the Parlophone label , a label which he relaunched in the 1990’s, achieving sustained hits with artists such as Blur, Radiohead Crowded House , Pet Shop Boys , Tina Turner and Queen.

His subsequent move to running all of EMI’s UK labels saw a period of global success with artists such as Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue,the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

Tony oversaw the combination of the Virgin label with the UK company, and achieved recent worldwide chart profile and multi million sales with brand new signings such as Lily Allen, KT Tunstall, Corinne Bailey Rae and Kooks.

Prior to joining EMI, Tony gained a degree in Economics from Newcastle and spent the following 3 years playing in a band with his college friends.  He later worked for various record labels before joining EMI.

He is currently Chairman of the BPI and on the board of the Brits Trust.  He is a trustee of the Music Sound Foundation , a charity devoted to improving young peoples’ access to music education , and a trustee of the EMI Archive Trust.

Tony holds the post of Visiting Professor in the music and business schools of the University of Newcastle-on-Tyne.  At the 2008 Music Week Awards he received the Strat Award, one of the most coveted awards in the UK music industry.