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...
Kate Alderton, UK finance director, Warner Chappell Music
How do you feel about joining the Music Week Women In Music Roll Of Honour?
“I feel extremely proud to join the Roll Of Honour. It’s a great privilege to be named amongst so many talented and inspiring women this year. Looking down the list there are so many names I admire and I’m flattered to be included.”
How do you look back on your early years getting into the industry?
“It doesn’t feel that long ago! It was an incredibly exciting time, joining the music industry and getting to know the publishing business. Supporting songwriters has become a huge passion ever since.”
Did you have a mentor or role model who helped you at that stage?
“There have been so many people within the industry who have helped me out throughout my career that it doesn’t seem fair to single one person out!”
What do you consider to be your biggest achievement so far?
“Taking on the role of UK finance director was a great moment for me personally. Helping secure a big signing always feels amazing – it always feels like a big moment when we can add to our brilliant roster of songwriters.”
What one thing would you change about the music industry?
“After qualifying as an accountant in a professional services firm, I love working in the industry, but just because something is great, doesn’t mean it can’t be better. I feel passionately about treating people equally, and treating people fairly, and I hope that the industry continues to make improvements in this area.”
Is the business taking enough positive and proactive steps to deal with the issues surrounding diversity and equality?
“I believe the industry is improving and we’re seeing changes. It’ll take some time, but we’re heading in the right direction. An industry where the diversity in all roles matches that of our rosters will be beneficial to everyone!”
Is the biz doing enough to protect the mental health of executives and artists?
“Again, this is something that can definitely improve and the industry is starting to put the right steps in place. Just the fact that people are talking about mental health is a huge improvement from when I started.”
What advice would you offer young female executives about enjoying a successful career in music?
“Be your true self at work.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Treat everyone how you would want to be treated.”
What is your vision for the industry’s future?
“I hope that songwriters are getting as fair a deal as possible and are getting the recognition and respect they deserve. We’re already seeing songwriter credits being added to streaming services, which is great.”