Jackie Davidson, Jackie Alway & Andy Heath among UK music execs to receive awards in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Jackie Davidson, Jackie Alway and Beggars’ Andy Heath are amongst the UK music industry executives to receive awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Davidson, the Founder and Director of JD Management and long-time manger of hit songwriter Wayne Hector (One Direction, Nicki Minaj and others) has received an MBE for Services To Music.

Jackie Alway (pictured) Universal Music Publishing Group’s (UMPG) Executive VP International Legal & Industry Affairs, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the Music Industry.

Other artists and executives named on the Queens Birthday Honours included the likes of Beggars Music’s Andy Heath (CBE), Elvis Costello (OBE), Feargal Sharkey (OBE), and BMI’s Karen Buse (MBE).

Artist Mathangi Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A has also received MBE. In an Instagram post on June 8 (see below), M.I.A. wrote: “I’m honoured to have this honour, as it means a lot to my Mother.”



In addition to her role as Executive VP International Legal & Industry Affairs at UMPG, Alway serves as Chair of the UK’s Music Publishers Association (MPA).

She is also 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.

“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.”

Jackie Alway

An expert 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 in Brussels, Westminster and around the world.

“Jackie is an exceptional executive and a true champion in our business.”

Jody Gerson, UMPG

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 honor.”

Alway added: “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.”

“Jackie has worked tirelessly for the MPA and has made an incredible contribution both to our organisation and the wider business, championing the cause and tackling all the key issues on behalf of music publishers and songwriters.”

Paul Clements, MPA Group

Paul Clements, MPA Group CEO, said: “On behalf of the MPA Group, including our music and print publishers, and the composers that we represent, I am absolutely delighted that Jackie’s enormous contribution to our community has been recognised in this way.

“Jackie has worked tirelessly for the MPA and has made an incredible contribution both to our organisation and the wider business, championing the cause and tackling all the key issues on behalf of music publishers and songwriters.”

Added Clements: “We are very grateful for the energy, passion, care and support that Jackie has provided to the MPA in Chairing our business over the last five years. We look forward to her contributing to our Members’ cause for many years to come.”Music Business Worldwide

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