Managing director, Proper Music Group
Type of expert: Music expertAreas of expertise: Business, Consumer, Digital, Media, Music, Retail, Technology
A confident, clear orator, Drew Hill is the Managing Director of Proper Music Group, one of the UK’s largest physical distributors of music. Proper Music group has over 1,000 different record labels and over 1,000,000 music products, and they are one of the largest distributors in the UK. 1/5th of people in the UK still buy CDs and vinyl. Drew Hill believes that music streaming encourages people to go out and buy the music in CD or vinyl form.
Handling 10% of the vinyl records and CDs sold in the UK, Proper makes sure fans can access music wherever they want, whether that’s independent record stores, high street chains or supermarkets.
A prominent figure within the UK music industry, Drew Hill is also a director of both the Entertainment Retailers Association and the Official Charts Company. With valuable knowledge on the state of the business and unique insights into the future of the physical market, Drew has a keen sense for trends on the high street. As a result, he has been very close to major retail shifts such as the purchase of HMV in January 2019.
Vocal about the trends affecting modern music, especially the vinyl revival and the resilience of the physical format, he has spoken at numerous conferences including Music Biz in Nashville and Liverpool Sound City, on topics ranging from the impact of Brexit to the future of global physical markets.
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