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...
Polly Comber, creator/director, Black Fox Management
How do you feel about joining the Music Week Women In Music Roll Of Honour?
“I am delighted to be included in Music Week’s Women In Music Roll Of Honour – there are so many great women being acknowledged this year and it’s so good that women are being recognised like this in our industry.”
How do you look back on your early years getting into the industry?
“Overall, I look back with real fondness because music was my main driver growing up, but of course in the late ’90s and early ’00s it could be tough for women in music. So it’s great to see how things are developing for the better.”
Did you have a mentor or role model who helped you at that stage?
“The best thing that ever happened to me was working alongside a powerhouse of a woman, as a boss, who taught me an awful lot…”
What do you consider to be your biggest achievement so far?
“Making Black Fox Management a success, it has to be that.”
What one thing would you change about the music industry?
“More diversity across the board, particularly at executive level!”
Is the business taking enough positive and proactive steps to deal with the issues surrounding diversity and equality?
“We still have a long way to go, but there are clearly improvements. Society, overall, is opening up.”
Is the industry doing enough to protect the mental health of execs and artists?
“Generally, there has been a vast improvement: there is more awareness, more support and more thought.”
What advice would you offer young female executives about enjoying a successful career in music?
“Keep focused on your long-term goals. sometimes it takes years to get there!”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your peers and from those with more experience.”
What is your vision for the future?
“It’s hard to know how things will unfold, but with greater collaboration with charities, and so forth, the industry might become a more compassionate place to work in.”