Jason Iley, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music UK & Ireland, awarded an MBE for services to music and charity

Jason Iley, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music UK & Ireland, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to music and charity.

“Receiving this honour for working in an industry I love so much is a total privilege and beyond any expectation I could have had,” said Iley. “I am immensely grateful to have worked with some of the most talented artists in the world and this is truly a career highlight. I’m proud to work in an industry that has such a profound influence on culture and creativity around the world.”

Jason Iley was appointed Chairman and CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland in 2014. Since then he has transformed Sony Music’s roster by appointing several of the industry’s leading executives to run Sony labels and divisions, pioneering joint ventures with some of the most exciting companies in music and audio, and championing a collaborative, inclusive and can-do culture.

At Sony Music, every senior executive has been trained in managing mental health issues through partnerships with Mind and Young Minds. In 2018 it became the first company in the UK to offer additional leave for parents of premature babies, removed single-use plastic from its office and in 2020 Jason was the first signatory from the entertainment industry to the Valuable 500 campaign for disability inclusion.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists 2020 recognise the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.

Jeff Lynne and Joan Armatrading were also awarded, each receiving an OBE for their services to music. The full list of honourees is available to view here.

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