Uk Trade Mission Aims To Boost British Music In India

Applications now being accepted for mission to Mumbai


London, 20th December 2016 – A British music industry trade mission to India is set to take place from 27th March – 1st April 2017, providing an open door for independent music businesses to explore business opportunities in the world’s seventh largest economy.

The Department for International Trade (DIT), in partnership with AIM (The Association of Independent Music) and UK labels association the BPI, is organising the music mission to India, which will take place in Mumbai, for a third consecutive year.

The music industry is growing rapidly in India, a country that is increasingly consuming international music and developing its association with the international music business.

The week-long mission will act as a catalyst for collaboration, exploration and expansion of the British music industry in India. It will include a programme of education, networking, B2B meetings, conferences, showcases, music company site visits and other music related activities.

Artists, managers, promoters, record labels, digital distribution companies, festival bookers/directors/organisers and promoters, covering all genres of music are being invited to participate and the mission organisers will be tailoring certain aspects of the program to suit all delegates. 

The UK music industry contributed over £4 billion to the UK economy in 2015 and DIT aims to further support the music sector through the Music Export Growth Scheme, exporting opportunities and trade missions. Through the Music Export Growth Scheme, DIT will make available up to £2.8 million in support for UK acts as they look to build on their success and break into overseas markets. Supported by DIT’s Exporting is GREAT campaign, the trade mission to India will help promote the UK music industry and raise awareness of exciting exporting opportunities.

Mission registration is just £120.00 per delegate and interested parties should note that funding may be available through DIT, details of which can be obtained through Phil.Patterson@trade.gsi.gov.uk

Some of the activities planned with The Deputy High Commission in Mumbai include The Exchange – last year’s highly popular music conference that will return for a third year.  Curated by Submerge Entertainment and DIT, it is a platform where business, education, expertise and talent is exchanged between the two nations. http://www.theexchange.in/

Paul Pacifico, CEO/Chairman of AIM, said: “Our members have shown a keen interest in developing markets such as India which has huge potential for British artists. Combined with the growth in streaming where independent repertoire is enjoying strong worldwide growth, the latest mission to India is perfect timing.”  

Chris Tams, BPI Director of Independent Membership and International, said: “From Hollywood to Bollywood, BPI continues to forge relationships in overseas markets to support the growth of British music around the world.  India is a popular destination on the world music map and is becoming a hotspot for UK acts to tour and perform.  The mission offers a host of opportunities to the independent sector for understanding the huge potential of the market and for meeting those who can open the right doors to lead to commercial success.”






Applications & membership

Emmy Buckingham, International & Membership Manager / emmy@musicindie.com / +44 (0)20 8994 5599


Andy Saunders, Velocity PR / andy@velocitypr.co.uk / +44 (0) 7939 133 050



Applications & membership

Chris Tams, BPI Director of Independent Membership & Int’l / chris.tams@bpi.co.uk / +44 (0)20 7803 1300



Gennaro Castaldo / gennaro.castaldo@bpi.co.uk / +44 (0)20 7803 1326 / +44 (0)7801 194 139



Applications & membership

Phil Patterson / phil.patterson@trade.gsi.gov.uk / +44 (0)7831 237981


Sarah Kerr / sarah.kerr@trade.gsi.gov.uk / +44 (0)207 008 8170


Notes for Editors 

About AIM

AIM is a trade body established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK’s independent music industry. AIM represents over 800 companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the World, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services to members, enabling member companies to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets. AIM launched the AIM Awards in 2011 to recognise the achievements of the independent sector and are proud sponsors of the Independent Label Market.

About the BPI

The BPI is the record labels’ association that promotes British music and champions the UK’s recorded music sector. Its membership is made up of over 380 independent labels and the UK’s three ‘major’ companies, which collectively account for around 80 per cent of domestic music consumption and one in six artist albums sold worldwide. The BPI certifies the Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards Programme, co-owns the Official Charts, organises The BRIT Awards – which has raised more than £16.8m for music education and wellbeing charities, including the BRIT School – and is home to the Mercury Prize.

About DIT and Exporting is GREAT

The Department for International Trade is responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us.

It is tasked with developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe; developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries; negotiating plurilateral trade deals (focused on specific sectors or products) and providing operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment.