Andy Edwards has been appointed UK Music’s new director of research and analysis.
Edwards has worked across all sides of the music business during a career that spans over 25 years, including in record labels and artist management, mixing frontline and more. He has contributed to UK Music’s Research Working Group since its inception in 2012 and has chaired the Futures Group, which brings together young creators, executives, and entrepreneurs from across the industry. UK Music’s research work includes the Music By Numbers project, which sets out the music industry’s contribution to the economy.
Edwards will lead UK Music’s research and analysis, and work with UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce to produce the industry-wide Diversity Report for 2020.
Outgoing CEO Michael Dugher commented: “I’m pleased that Andy Edwards is joining us as our new director of research and analysis.
“His years of experience across the industry and his previous involvement in UK Music, including on our Research Working Group, make him a welcome and invaluable addition to the excellent team at UK Music”.
Edwards said: “Michael Dugher, Tom Kiehl and the UK Music team do an important job in representing our industry to the wider world. It has been great to get to know UK Music in various capacities over the years and I’m looking forward to getting more involved in 2020.”
Edwards will retain his strong ties to the frontline industry through his continuing artist advisory work, including his work with Grammy award-winning producer mixer and engineer Cameron Craig as a management client.
He will start in his new role at UK Music in January 2020.