General Manager of PIAS Poland and Eastern Europe
Duckworth has been a music professional since 1981 having worked in various areas of the industry. Starting out in music retail in the UK, moving in to sales and distribution reaching the position of Sales and Marketing Director at Vital Distribution (now PIAS UK). Deciding to move away from sales and distribution in 1997 to join RCA Records (UK) as Head of Alternative Marketing, leading in time to a move in to the pioneering digital area of the industry as Content Director for digital aggregators iCrunch and later Tornado.
In 2004 a move to Poland resulted in Duckworth setting up his own sales, marketing, PR and distribution company. The company introduced many International labels to the Polish market for the first time. After significant success with acts such as The Prodigy, Brendan Perry and discovering Polish act Snowman, Kartel Music in 2009 joined forces with Mystic Production, the leading independent music distributor in Poland. Duckworth stayed on with Mystic adding his broad experience to the management team taking on the roles of Head of International, Head of Label Management and Head of Digital.
On January 1st 2015 Duckworth was appointed General Manager of [PIAS] Poland and Eastern Europe. Based in Warsaw, Poland the office offers services to labels such as Play It Again Sam, Harmonia Mundi, Jazz Village, World Village, Bella Union, Sub Pop, Secretly Canadian, Mute, Ninja Tune, Partisan, Heavenly, Transgressive to name but a few. [PIAS] Poland and Eastern Europe also has it’s own recordings arm releasing Polish acts such as Brodka, BOKKA and Tęskno