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UK Music boss Jo Dipple to step down

By | Published on Wednesday 18 January 2017

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Chief exec of the music industry’s trade body of trade bodies, UK Music – Jo Dipple – has announced that she will step down from the role later this year. In June, in fact, which gives her the opportunity to take the whole summer off. I assume that’s why she’s doing it. Shit, let’s all resign in June.

“Jo has led the organisation to robust health”, whispered UK Music Chair Andy Heath, giving out the news. “Under her leadership, UK Music successfully challenged [the Department For Business, Innovation and Skills] in the courts over new copyright legislation, helped introduce a Live Music Act, amended [Department For Communities And Local Government] planning law, launched an anti-piracy education campaign, published ‘Measuring Music’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’ and prevented the 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”, he continued slightly louder. “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”.

And then finally, he boomed: “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 has been boss of UK Music for five years, after three years spent as its head of government relations. She said of her departure: “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”.

She’s not worried that there’ll be any bother about finding a replacement for her either, despite giving five months notice. “UK Music will attract the very highest candidate to take this role”, she said. “It is a unique body with an exceptional membership”.

Maybe – well, as a trade body of trade bodies that counts a trade body of trade bodies as one of its members, it’s certainly unique.