17/01/2017 London, UK: UK Music, the music industry trade body, has announced that its chief executive, Jo Dipple, will stand down in June 2017 after five years as chief executive and three years before that as head of government relations.
Andy Heath MBE, chairman of UK Music, said: “Jo has led the organisation to robust health. Under her leadership, UK Music successfully challenged BIS in the courts over new copyright legislation, helped introduce a Live Music Act, amended DCLG planning law, launched an anti-piracy education campaign, published Measuring Music and Wish You Were Here and prevented Government from cutting BBC music services.
“Her work in launching the UK Music Skills Academy led to a sea-change in training strategy for the sector. Seventy new apprenticeship jobs were created and there exists now a structured approach to improving entry-level access, ensuring open recruitment and driving diversity policies.
“Jo has built an outstanding team full of talent and ambition and has made UK Music into a highly visible presence. I have really enjoyed working with her over the course of more than eight years.”
Dipple said: “UK Music will attract the very highest candidate to take this role. It is a unique body with an exceptional membership.
“I am privileged to have worked with successful industry bosses and supremely talented musicians and creators. Music is part emotion and part business and the UK gets both right over and over again. The founders of UK Music were determined to secure the very best regulatory landscape for this outstanding industry. Its members will continue to bring a practical and business-like approach to opportunities and challenges ahead.”
Jo will continue to actively run the organisation until June 2017.
About UK Music:
UK Music is the umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry - from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, music managers, music publishers, studio producers, music licensing organisations and the live music industry. The members of UK Music are: AIM, BASCA, BPI, FAC, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music and the Live Music Group.
About Jo Dipple:
Dipple joined UK Music in October 2008 as director of government relations becoming acting CEO in November 2011, then CEO in January 2012. Her role centred on representing to national and local government the most pressing issues affecting the British music industry. Since beginning her career in tabloid newspapers, Jo worked for Trinity Mirror Plc and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. She is a trustee of the Mayor’s Music Fund and the MOBO Trust.