Former news journalist Anthony Barnes has been appointed director of communications for UK Music.
Barnes will be responsible for UK Music’s internal and external communications strategy, its industry campaigns and will handle reports about the state of the sector.
Previously head of show business, media and arts at the Press Association, the National News Agency, Barnes was also arts and media correspondent at the Independent On Sunday and has held roles at Q magazine, Classic FM and Record Collector.
More recently he worked in the media office at public service union Unison, in addition to providing consultancy work for a number of entertainment PR agencies.
He said: “I feel excited and privileged to be joining the team. I'm looking forward to building on UK Music’s considerable achievements in representing the successes of the industry and putting the case for change and support where it is needed.”
Barnes will report to UK Music chief executive Jo Dipple, who said: “There is a copyright package going through Europe. Brexit is looming. The Digital Economy Bill is being scrutinised by Parliament. The collective voice of the music industry needs a steady hand and Anthony is the right person at the right time. I’m delighted he is joining the UK Music team.”
Barnes takes up his new appointment on November 7 and replaces James Murtagh-Hopkins who has joined Universal Music Group