Music Week announces Women in Music Roll of Honour 2020

International MUSIC - 19 Oct 2020

Music Week has today announced the new names added to its Women in Music Roll of Honour.

The Roll of Honour aims to highlight the breadth, depth and variety of individuals who are ‘game changers’ in the music industry, with one common theme; they are either female, or their activities consistently benefit women, or focus on female empowerment/gender disparity. 

PRS for Music council members Michelle Escoffery and Jackie Always OBE are among those newly enrolled.

With over three decades experience in the music industry, Michelle plays a vital role on the PRS Members’ Council, where she is the only female writer Director. In this role, she influences decisions on policy and governance, shaping the future of new and established songwriters, composers and music publishers. A staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion within the music industry, her commitment, impact and influence is steadfast and recognised by all who have the pleasure of working with her.

Jackie Always OBE, a qualified solicitor, with over 25 years of experience as a music publisher, serves in a key role of Executive VP International Legal and Industry Affairs at Universal Music Publishing Group. Alway is also recognised for her work with the MPA Group, which represents UK music publishers. Jackie has been a driving force in transforming the MPA Group into a thriving, publisher-led organisation that has set the benchmark for trade organisations and collecting societies in the UK and internationally. Jackie lends her vast expertise to numerous key working groups and Boards across the music industry including, PRS for Music, MCPS, MCPS Ireland, IMPA, UK Music and the Council of the MPA Ireland.

The awards ceremony, due to be held in association with AIM and UK Music, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The full Class Of 2020 is:

Negla Abdela, head of digital, Ministry Of Sound 
Jackie Alway OBE, EVP, international legal & industry affairs, Universal Music Publishing Group
Vanessa Bakewell, global client partner, Facebook
Lynne Best, head of communications, PPL
Lesley Bleakley, director of catalogue & archive, Beggars Group
Whitney Boateng, booker, Metropolis/Live Nation/co-founder, #TheShowMustBePausedUK
Lauren Brennan, producer, 6 Music music team, BBC Radio 6 Music
Lisa Cullington, VP – creative (publishing), BMG UK
Jackie Davidson MBE, founder, JD Management
Erica Day, head of inventory & logistics, Proper Music Group
Michelle Escoffery, songwriter/PRS board writer director, PRS For Music
Zac Fox, group COO, Kilimanjaro Live
Afryea Henry-Fontaine, marketing director, Motown UK/EMI Records/co-founder, The Black Music Coalition/The DeBrief
Janine Irons MBE, CEO/co-founder, Tomorrow's Warriors
Safiya Lambie-Knight, lead, artist & label partnerships (genre & culture specialist), Spotify
Sara Lord, SVP international sync & project development, Concord Music Publishing
Maria May, agent, CAA
Sarah ‘Pixie’ Pickering, VP, creative/co-head of synchronisation, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Naomi Pohl, deputy general secretary, Musicians’ Union
Mulika Sannie, SVP, business affairs, Kobalt Music Group
Helen Thomas, head of BBC Radio 2 
Natalie Wade, founder/CEO, Small Green Shoots/co-founder/CEO, The Cats Mother
Diane Wagg, founder, Deluxxe Management
Linda Walker, VP commercial, Warner Music

Andrea C. Martin, chief executive, PRS for Music, said: ‘Congratulations to Jackie Alway OBE and Michelle Escoffery on your induction into the Women in Music Roll of Honour. Your passion for songwriting and publishing, and dedication to the development and education of tomorrow’s music creators, inspires us every day. We thank you, and women in music everywhere, for your vital contribution to our industry. From all of us at PRS for Music.’


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