31/05/2017: Jo Dipple officially steps down today as CEO of UK Music after almost nine years at the organisation, during which she has transformed it into a powerful voice for the music industry.
Jo announced her intention to step down earlier this year and Michael Dugher has been appointed as her successor, starting work on May 15.
Among her achievements over the past few years have been UK Music’s campaign to stop the government cutting BBC Music Services (#LetItBeeb), a successful judicial review of copyright legislation the development of annual research in the form of the Wish You Were Here and Measuring Music reports to examine the economic impact of the industry. Additionally she has pioneered a live music act, established the UK Music Skills Academy and created around 70 apprenticeship opportunities within the sector to broaden skills and give young people a career.
Many figures from the industry have praised Jo’s work and have spoken warmly about her contributions in the latest edition of Music Week.
Robert Ashcroft, chief executive of PRS For Music said she had “built a credible and trusted body, truly representing the industry and uniting the various members under common goals. As CEO, Jo was truly gifted in her ability to bring together politics and music and help the two understand each other better.”
BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said she had helped “the wider industry to find common positions on key issues and continually pressing Government to recognise the contribution that music makes to British culture and the economy. “
And Peter Leathem, chief executive of PPL, said: “Jo’s positive yet fearless attitude has seen UK Music develop further into a forward-thinking and engaged organisation, which genuinely represents the interests of the music industry – ranging from record labels, publishers and CMOs to managers, musicians, songwriters, studio producers and the live sector.”
There are further tributes on the Music Week website and a full exit interview is available in the latest edition of Music Week, dated May 29, 2017.
UK Music staff will miss their inspirational leader and wish Jo well for the future.