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Nabil Ayers named US chairman of Beggars Group

Beggars Group, home to independent labels such as XL Recordings, Matador, 4AD and Rough Trade, has named Nabil Ayers as its American president.

Ayers’ appointment follows the departure of U.S. Chairman Matt Harmon, who after 24 years at Beggars, has decided to step down to pursue other opportunities, according to the company.

Additionally, Claire Taylor has been named Executive Director.

Ayers has served as 4AD’s US Label Manager since 2009. Simon Halliday will continue to lead 4AD in his role as Global Managing Director.

Ayers is also the former co-owner of Seattle’s Sonic Boom Records.

As a drummer, Ayers has featured in The Long Winters and Tommy Stinson.

He also has his own record label, The Control Group/Valley of Search, and has written about race and music for The New York Times, NPRFork, Rolling Stone, and GQ.

His recently announced memoir, My life in the sunwill be released on June 7, 2022 by Viking/Penguin.

Claire Taylor, meanwhile, has been with Beggars since 2007 and is stepping down from her role as Head of Product Management.

Beggars says Taylor’s “exceptional” work in this area “has given him insight into all aspects of the label’s operations.”

“We are very grateful to Matt for his contributions over two decades.”

Martin Mills, group of beggars

Martin Mills, Chairman of Beggars Group, said: “We are very grateful to Matt for his contributions over two decades that have brought us such success, but we are also excited about the elevations of Nabil and Claire, as we look forward to an even brighter future.

“My 13 years at 4AD prepared me well for a move down the hall.”

Nabil Ayers

Nabil Ayers, added: “My 13 years at 4AD have prepared me well for a move down the hall.

“And I’m proud to work for a company whose roster and staff grow more exciting and diverse with each passing year.

“I look forward to working more closely with the incredible staff and artists at Matador Records, Rough Trade, XL Recordings, Young and Beggars’ 40+ year catalog while continuing to work closely with my 4AD family. “

“I’m excited to step into my next role at Beggars.”

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor, said: “I am thrilled to step into my next role at Beggars.

“Working as part of a team of such talented employees and inspiring artists is what has made me proud to be a Beggars employee since my first day on the job.


MBW reported in October 2021 that revenue was down slightly for Beggars Group in 2020.

During the year, Beggars Group had a turnover of £61.66 million ($79.2 million), including its share of joint venture partnerships like XL and Matador.

That figure was down slightly from the £63.1million Beggars returned in 2019.

In 2021, Beggars Group also partnered with Ben Turner and Simon Astall, partners at London-based music supervision company Earworm Music, to launch a music supervision, licensing and composition company, called Music color box.The music industry around the world