At the Music Week Women In Music Awards this month, 12 names were added to the Roll Of Honour, sponsored by Jack Radio, which celebrates female execs across the industry. We meet the class of 2019...
Frances Moore, CEO, IFPI
How do you feel about joining the Music Week Women In Music Roll Of Honour?
“I feel honoured, thank you for including me in this list of incredibly talented women.”
How do you look back on your early years getting into the industry?
“Never look back!”
Did you have a mentor or role model who helped you at that stage?
“I’ve always been guided by a strong IFPI Main Board, so you could say I’ve had many mentors over the years.”
What’s your biggest achievement so far?
“Building a global team of talented, effective people within IFPI who work really well together to get the job done.”
Is the business taking enough positive and proactive steps to deal with the issues surrounding diversity and equality?
“I believe that the industry recognised some time ago that the status quo was not good enough and we have been seeing some good, positive actions from record companies. Whether it’s reviewing the diversity and inclusiveness of their employee base; enhancing policies and programmes appropriately to help recruitment, retention and advancement of women; or implementing family-friendly policies, it is a question of continuous improvement now.”
Is the industry doing enough to protect the mental health of execs and artists?
“As IFPI we aren’t privy to the specific relationships between executives and artists but I know there are some good programmes in place – as well as organisations such as Music Support in the UK that do excellent work. The work needs to continue.”
What advice would you offer young female executives about enjoying a successful career in the music biz?
“Don’t hold back. Apply yourself wholeheartedly and, most importantly, enjoy what you are doing.”
What’s the best advice you’ve ever had?
“‘You can achieve a great deal if you don’t always have to get the credit’. In other words: the importance of teamwork!”
What is your vision for the industry’s future?
“A truly global industry thriving in every part of the world. Asia now has four of the Top 10 markets. The recording industry in Africa is developing. Artists from Latin America have global hits. Companies are pushing forward and investing for the long-term so there’s lots to be excited about. Our priority is achieving a fair value for music around the world.”