'This is so unexpected': UMPG's Jackie Alway awarded OBE

'This is so unexpected': UMPG's Jackie Alway awarded OBE

Jackie Alway, Universal Music Publishing Group’s EVP, international legal and industry affairs, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The award recognises Alway’s contribution to the music industry and her efforts on behalf of creators and rights holders. 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.

With a track record in public policy, multi-territorial digital licensing and society relations around the globe, Alway has been a leading campaigner for copyright and safe harbour reform and for the rights of creators and rights holders. She represented UK Music and the MPA at the UK Government's Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group for Trade.

Jody Gerson, chairman & CEO, UMPG, 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.”

Alway 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. Alway joined Universal Music Publishing Group when it acquired BMG in 2007.

Alway 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."

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