Songwriters Hall of Fame president and CEO Linda Moran called Gerson “one of the most innovative and creative music publishers in contemporary music publishing today.”
“She combines a strong A&R and creative progressive path with tremendous business savvy,” she continued. “Add in her strong alliances with and her mentoring and nurturing of songwriters and artists of all genres, whether they be new to the business or high-profile names, as well as her continuing to break through barriers, there is no doubt that Jody will be a dominant force in our business for as long as she wants."
Over her more than three decades of experience in the industry, Gerson has broken barriers. She is the first woman chairman of a global music company and the first to be named CEO of a major publisher. In January, she also became the first woman and first music publishing executive to receive Billboard’s Executive of the Year honor.
Since joining UMPG in 2015, Gerson has helped grow revenue at the publisher by 40% and led signings and deal extensions for songwriters including the Bee Gees, Elton John, Carly Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Rosalia, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Jack White, SZA, Post Malone, Quavo, Ariana Grande, H.E.R., Harry Styles and Maren Morris.
On the non-profit side, Gerson co-founded and served on the board of directors for She Is the Music, which champions equality and inclusion for women in the industry. She additionally serves on the boards of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, MusiCares, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and The Archer School for Girls.
Earlier in her career, Gerson served as co-president at Sony/ATV Music Publishing and headed both the East Coast and West Coast publishing divisions at EMI prior to that. On the film side, she produced Drumline and ATL and executive produced VH1’s Drumline 2.
Inductees in the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year include Mariah Carey; Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics); Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, O’Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley and Chris Jasper (The Isley Brothers); Steve Miller; Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (The Neptunes); Rick Nowels; and William “Mickey” Stevenson. Songwriter Paul Williams will receive the Johnny Mercer award at the ceremony.