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UMPG’s Jackie Alway awarded OBE

UMPG’s Jackie Alway awarded OBE

Universal Music Publishing Group’s Executive Vice President, International Legal and Industry Affairs Jackie Alway has been awarded an Order of the British Empire in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The award sees Jackie recognised for her contribution to the music industry and her efforts on behalf of creators and rights holders. Alongside her role at UMPG, she holds an industry-wide remit as Chair of the Music Publishers Association and as a member of the Board for UK Music, PRS for Music, the MCPS, the International Music Publishers Association, a Board Director of MCPS Ireland and a member of the Council of the Music Publishers Association of Ireland. 

An expert in public policy, multi-territorial digital licensing and society relations around the globe, Jackie has been a leading campaigner for copyright and safe harbour reform and for the rights of creators and rights holders in Brussels, Westminster and around the world. Backed by her global experience, her contacts and exceptional deal making abilities, Jackie represented UK Music and the MPA at the UK Government’s Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group for Trade. 

In another ode to her influence within the music industry, Jackie recently appeared on Billboard’s International Power Players list for the second year running. 

UMPG Chairman & CEO Jody Gerson said: "Jackie is an exceptional executive and a true champion in our business. The publishing and songwriter community have benefitted greatly from her dedicated efforts in protecting the value of songs. She is a cherished member of the UMPG executive team and I am so proud of this well-deserved honour."

A Cambridge University Law graduate, Jackie began her career as a music lawyer in private practise at The Simkins Partnership. She joined Bertelsmann Music Group in 1992 working for the recording and publishing divisions, before joining BMG Music Publishing full time. Jackie joined Universal Music Publishing Group when it acquired BMG in 2007.

On receiving the award, Jackie said: "This is so unexpected and truly wonderful. To have one's peers secretly make the case for me to receive an Honour is humbling and reflects the importance of the issues we are advocating for on behalf of creators and rights holders. Thank you to all involved including Jody Gerson, UMPG, Universal Music Group, UK Music and the Music Publishers Association."

A huge congratulations to Jackie on receiving this well-earned honour.