Jackie Alway OBE elected Chair of International Confederation of Music Publishers

MCPS Chair Jackie Alway OBE first-ever woman elected Chair of International Confederation of Music Publishers

Jackie Alway OBE, Executive VP of International Legal & Industry Affairs at Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has been elected as the first woman to hold the role of Chair at the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) and will help represent the international interests of the music publishing community, effective June 3, 2021. ICMP acts as the global voice of music publishing and is the global trade association representing music publishers, composers and songwriters.

Jackie’s role at UMPG includes multi-territory digital licensing, public policy and society relations. She was awarded an OBE for her service to the music industry in 2019. She is the Chair of the MCPS and also serves on the boards of PMLL, PRS for Music, MPA Ireland and MCPS Ireland and was recently featured in Billboard’s International Power Players list 2021.

Jackie succeeds outgoing Chair Chris Butler (Wise Music) who has served in this position since 2017 and so will be the second successive UK publisher to be appointed as Chair of ICMP. This is a phenomenal achievement for Jackie and the UK MPA and the MPA Group looks forward to seeing Jackie excel in her new role.


I am delighted to be able to represent music publishers, both majors and independents, at a global level. I look forward to working with our colleagues around the world, standing together to defend the rights of creators, rights holders and our sector

Chair Jackie Alway, OBE, MCBS & ICMP

I am thrilled for Jackie to represent our UK MPA and become Chair of ICMP. Jackie’s knowledge and commitment to our community is recognised by us all and I know she will continue to do her best to safeguard every rights holder and creator. I would also like to highlight and personally thank Chris Butler for his leadership and dedication to ICMP over the past 4 years.

Chair Roberto Neri, NPA 

On behalf of the MPA Group and the music, print publishers and the composers we represent, we are proud and delighted that Jackie has secured this prestigious position. During her 4 years as MPA Chair, and as the current serving MCPS Chair, Jackie has always provided her utmost passion, energy and support. We also warmly thank Chris Butler for his tenure as ICMP Chair.

Paul Clements, CEO, MCPS & MCA

About the MPA Group

The Music Publishers Association (MPA) represents the full diversity of the UK’s music publishing sector.

We act on behalf of over 200 businesses that invest in, license works by and support the livelihoods of songwriters, composers and lyricists – ranging from the UK’s largest and most established music publishers to independents and start-ups across all genres. These companies are the engine room of British music, they support our music makers and drive an extraordinary cultural.

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