Brandon Becker has been promoted to Global Head of Streaming at Beggars Group.
The UK-headquartered firm owns 50% stakes in labels such as XL Recordings, Matador and Rough Trade. It also owns 100% of 4AD, and runs its own publishing company in Beggars Music.
Becker will serve as a global department head, managing the priorities of the Group’s worldwide streaming team, and directing campaign streaming strategy in collaboration with the labels.
He will also maintain primary relationships with Beggars’ global streaming partners.
Becker continues to be based in New York.
Becker’s promotion is part of a wider raft of new hires and promotions at Beggars.
Matthew Gawrych has joined Beggars as US Streaming Director.
Gawrych joins Beggars from FUGA, where he was Global Head of Marketing Strategy.
Gawrych will be responsible for overseeing the company’s US streaming business and its day to day relationships with designated US accounts.
He will also lead the charge on US-originating campaigns.
He is based in Los Angeles, and will report to Brandon Becker.
Addirionally, Marissa Esposito has been promoted to US Junior Streaming Account Manager, where she will support Gawrych in handling direct relationships with several streaming partners, along with administrative support to the global streaming team.
In the UK, Shaun Delaney assumes sole oversight of all UK streaming activity, serving as the Group’s Senior Streaming Lead, while Molly McIntyre has shifted from the Beggars UK radio department to the role of UK Junior Streaming Account Manager.
The new additions come two months after Nabil Ayers was named US President at Beggars.
Ayers’ appointment followed the departure of US President Matt Harmon, who after 24 years at Beggars decided to step down to pursue other opportunities, the company stated at the time.
“It’s incredibly inspiring to work with such a forward-thinking and diverse roster of artists.”
Brandon Becker, said: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a new global streaming department here at Beggars Group.
“It’s incredibly inspiring to work with such a forward-thinking and diverse roster of artists represented by some of the most creative minds in the business.”
In October 2021, Beggars Group saw revenues dip slightly in 2020 to $79.2 million.
Across the course of 2020, according to a fiscal filing released at the time, Beggars Group turned over GBP £61.66m ($79.2m), inclusive of its share of joint venture partnerships like XL, Matador etc.
That figure was down slightly on the £63.1m Beggars turned over in 2019.
However, the firm’s operating profit (also including joint ventures) was up 77% year-on-year to £6.49m ($8.3m).Music Business Worldwide