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Jody Gerson
Most Creative People 2018

Jody Gerson

CEO and Chairman, Universal Music Publishing Group | Los Angeles

For piping up for songwriters
The Most Creative People in business 2018

When Jody Gerson was appointed chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing, she became the first woman to lead a major music publishing company--and one of few women to rise to the top rung in the broader music industry. She's a fierce advocate for her clients, who include Bruce Springsteen and Ariana Grande, and for songwriters generally--via her efforts in lobbying for improved digital royalty rates.

Congress is set to vote on the Music Modernization Act, which Gerson has spearheaded (wrangling the major labels and her fellow publishers). The act will, among other things, create an accurate database of songwriting credits, ensuring accurate payments.

She is also on the board of USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which researches discrimination in the music industry. 

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