Media Release: New Digital and Culture Minister, Matt Hancock MP, to give BPI 2016 AGM keynote address


THE BPI – the record labels’ association which promotes British music – is pleased to announce that the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, will deliver the keynote address at the BPI’s 2016 AGM this coming Wednesday, 7th September, at County Hall’s Riverside Rooms.

This will be the Minister of State’s first keynote speech addressing the recorded music community since his appointment to the role on 15th July.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive BPI and BRIT Awards, comments:  “We are delighted to welcome the Minister to our AGM, following his recent appointment.

“Music is a successful and growing digital industry for the UK, and it is encouraging that the Minister has recognised this by addressing us at this early stage of the new Government.”

The day will commence with the Annual Conference to Members (ACM) at 1.30pm, which will include two panel discussions on How to Market your Music through Streaming Services and Brexit and the Implications for the UK Music Industry.

This will be followed at 4.00pm by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) itself, which, as part of its order of business, will also include the election of designated Major and Independent representatives to BPI Council (details and filmed candidate manifestos are available in the members section of the BPI website).

In addition, the AGM will celebrate the forthcoming 25th anniversary of the BRIT School, London’s world-class music and creative arts college that has been in large part funded by the charitable arm of the BPI and the BRIT Awards – The BRIT Trust.

Once the AGM ends at 5.00pm, guests are invited to remain for the BPI’s annual summer drinks and music entertainment.



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Notes to editors:

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP – Biography

Matt Hancock was appointed Minister of State for Digital and Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 15 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for West Suffolk on 6 May 2010.

Graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, University of Oxford, Matt also gained a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Matt Hancock’s first job was with his family computer software business.

Later, he worked as an economist at the Bank of England and in 2005 moved to work for the then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. He stepped down from this role in February 2010 after being selected for the West Suffolk constituency in the 2010 General Election.

After becoming an MP for West Suffolk, Matt was elected to the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises and questions the way that government departments spend taxpayers’ money, and the Committee on Standards and Privileges that adjudicates on MPs’ conduct.

In September 2012, Matt was asked to become Minister for Skills in the Department for Business and Department for Education. In September 2013, he was promoted to become Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, and served as Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy from July 2014 to May 2015.

Matt then served as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General from May 2015 until July 2016.

As Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock’s responsibilities include arts, broadband, culture, creative industries, cyber security and telecoms resilience, data protection, digital strategy, enterprise and technology, digital infrastructure and spectrum, digital markets and consumer policy, digital engagement and skills, and media.

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