The Music Publishers Association, which represents the full diversity of the U.K.'s music publishing sector, announced that Roberto Neri, our Executive Vice President U.K. and Head of European Business Development for our parent company Downtown Music Holdings, will be the new Chair of the MPA following election by the MPA Board.
Roberto will take up the position following the MPA AGM on July 3, 2019, replacing Universal Music Publishing Group's Executive VP International Legal & Industry Affairs, Jackie Alway — who has been Chair of the MPA for the past four years.
Roberto has been instrumental in bringing first-rate songwriters, producers, and iconic catalogs to Downtown and has served as an invaluable Director on the MPA Board since 2015. Roberto has overseen Downtown’s activity in the U.K. and other European territories since he joined through Downtown’s acquisition of Eagle-i Music in 2015, as well.
This prestigious title of MPA Chair adds to Roberto’s many offices as he is also an elected Board Director at PRS for Music and PPLPRS Ltd. The MPA AGM will be held on Wednesday, July 3 at Kings Place in London, with a focus on music in education. The event's full details and guest speakers will be announced shortly.
“I am very much looking forward to closely working with Roberto, our new Chairman," said Paul Clements, MPA Group CEO. "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. His recent promotion to EVP, UK & Head of European Business Development at Downtown Music Publishing, alongside his Billboard 2019 International Power Player recognition, are testament to a publisher who has songwriters’ and producers’ best interests at heart. I have no doubt that we will work tirelessly together to continue to build upon the great achievements of the MPA to date.”