Downtown Music's Roberto Neri Named Chair of UK Music Publishers Association

Roberto Neri
Courtesy of MPA

Roberto Neri

He will replace outgoing chair Jackie Alway.

Downtown Music executive Roberto Neri has been named chair of the U.K.-based trade organization Music Publishers Association (MPA), the organization announced Monday (July 1).

The MPA acts on behalf of over 200 music publishers in the U.K., from majors to independents. The organization also owns and operates two commercial businesses, the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society and Printed Music Licensing Ltd.

Neri, who has been a director on the MPA board since 2015, currently works as executive vice president, U.K. at Downtown Music Publishing and heads up European business development for its parent company Downtown Music Holdings. He’s replacing Universal Music Group executive Jackie Alway, who served as chair for four years and will continue her work with the MPA board.

“‘I am very much looking forward to closely working with Roberto, our new Chairman,” said MPA Group CEO Paul Clements in a statement. “Roberto’s vision, hardworking and entrepreneurial style has delivered significant growth and recognition in all the roles that he has had in his publishing career to date.”

“It is an absolute honour to serve as the next Chair of the Music Publishers Association, whose work and advocacy on behalf of UK music publishers has never been more important,” added Neri. “Jackie Alway is a tough act to follow, but I’m grateful for the exemplary leadership she has demonstrated. I look forward to continuing the momentum and working with Paul, the team at the MPA, colleagues on the board, and publisher members of the MPA. As a board member of UK Music I am also pleased to work alongside the other trade bodies and stakeholders promoting the interests of the whole UK music industry.”

Neri was recently named one of Billboard’s 2019 international power players for his work with Downtown, where he helped lead the acquisition of U.K. indie publisher Salli Isaak Music. Downtown’s current roster includes Imogen Heap, Naughty Boy, Saltwives and Goldie as well as songs by such artists as The Beatles, Ryan Tedder, One Direction, The Kinks and Santigold.


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