AWAL Nation: The inside story on Kobalt's recorded music empire

Ben Homewood

The view from the rooftop at AWAL’s London HQ is spectacular.

Wearing a contented smile, Alison Donald guides Music Week around the terrace, bathed in Friday morning sunshine, pointing out her favourite corners. There’s the stage where Freya Ridings recently played, and here’s where Donald likes to enjoy a moment’s quiet.

Formerly co-president at Columbia, Donald arrived in 2017, as head of creative across AWAL and parent company Kobalt’s recordings and publishing arms. She’s practically giddy to be there.

“For ...

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