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CEO Michael Dugher hails Queen's Birthday Honours Awards as a "bumper year" for UK music

UK Music CEO Michael Dugher has congratulated the body's founding chairman Andy Heath on his award of a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.  

The music industry veteran is joined on the list by UK Music Board Director Jackie Alway who is awarded an OBE. 

UK Music's first CEO and former Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey was also honoured with an OBE. 

Andy Heath has over 50 years' experience in the music industry. He has been on the board of Beggars Group since 1989 and became Chairman of UK Music in 2008. A member of the Council of the Music Publishers Association since 1989, he was President from 1993 – 1997, and co-founded British Music Rights in 1997. In 2009 he was awarded an MBE for services to music publishing. Presently, Andy is chairman of Beggars Music and has been a member of the Government's Creative Industries Council. 

Jackie Alway has 25 years' experience as a music publisher. She is Universal Music Publishing's EVP of International Legal and Industry Affairs. She joined UMP in 2007 following the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, where she was Director of Commercial Affairs. She became a Music Publishers Association Board Director in 2013 and Chair in 2015. She is also a Board member of PRS, MCPS, PMLL, IMPA and UK Music. Until recently Jackie represented UK Music on the Government's Sector Advisory Group supporting international trade in the creative industries.  


UK Music CEO Michael Dugher said:  

"These honours are a fantastic achievement for UK Music and mark a bumper year for the British music industry. 

"I'm particularly delighted for our founding chairman Andy HeathOver many years, he has worked tirelessly to fundamentally change the perception of the UK music industry in the corridors of power and ensure we get a seat around the table and that Government listens to our views.  

"There is no doubt that the voice of the UK music industry is stronger, more unified, more respected and more influential, and that is down in large part to the talent and personal dedication of Andy Heath. He richly deserves this important honour, as well as all of our gratitude.  

"I'm also really pleased for Jackie Alway. She has been a passionate voice for music publishing and she too has represented UK Music with great distinction, including on international trade matters. Her impressive professional career and her role as Chair of the MPA has been a great asset to us all. 

"And it's excellent news that UK Music's first CEO and my good friend Feargal Sharkey has been honoured. He made a significant contribution on behalf of our industry and he remains a role model for working class kids everywhere who want to get out there and make great music.  

"I know there are others in the music industry who deserve recognition. I am determined that our industry continues to have a powerful voice and that UK Music goes from strength to strength as an industry organisation that is second-to-none." 


Andy Heath said:  

"Wow - I'm really thrilled, surprised and honoured. I have always taken great satisfaction and pride in the British music industry and have tried to serve its best interests.  

"It's an industry that has provided the world with a great cultural contribution and has punched well above its weight commercially.  

"I honestly feel that this award is as much for the creators and business people in British music just as much as it is for me." 


Jackie Alway said:  

"I'm truly honoured and humbled to be included in the list of Honours. I can't thank enough UK Music, the Music Publishers Association, Universal Music Publishing and all those who made this extraordinary thing possible.  

"The support of peers is a privilege I am so grateful for and is a reflection of the importance of the issues UK Music and the MPA advocate for."

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