The leading UK organisation representing the UK’s commercial music industry, UK Music, has confirmed today (January 27th) that Jo Dipple is to be their new Chief Executive.
Dipple joined UK Music in 2008 and became Acting Chief Executive after the previous incumbent, Feargal Sharkey, left the organisation in November 2011.
“UK Music is now established as the representative voice of the UK’s commercial music industry,” explained UK Music’s Chairman, Andy Heath. “That voice is now at its most important as Government looks to change the copyright framework that underpins our sector. The Board is confident that Jo will excel in the months and years ahead.”
Dipple joined UK Music as Senior Policy Advisor when the organisation was launched four years ago. Dipple was originally working for the Prime Minister in the Strategic Communications Unit at Downing Street. However, Dipple was persuaded to join UK Music by Sharkey.
Prior to this Dipple’s commercial background was in newspaper publishing. This included time working for Today and News of the World before becoming a columnist for the Daily Mirror.Article continues below
When the first Communications Bill was trailed in 1999 Dipple was made Head of Public Affairs for Trinity Mirror Plc where she represented the company's CEOs, Philip Graf and Sly Bailey.
Dipple left Trinity Mirror in 2006, joining the Treasury. She then moved onto the Prime Minister’s Downing Street Strategic Communications Unit.
UK Music was founded in October 2008. Since then it has developed as the key representative body for the industry aiming to promote the interests of the UK music industry at all levels, promote understanding of the value of music to society and the economy and confronting the issue of IP rights. In May 2011 the live music sector also came under its umbrella, this led to the formation of the UK Live Music Group.
“I am delighted to take on this role,” explained Dipple on taking the role. “The British music industry is an extraordinary cultural and economic force and I look forward to working with Government and our members to ensure its continued dominance.”