At the Music Week Women In Music Awards this month, 12 names were added to the Roll Of Honour, sponsored by Jack Radio, which celebrates female execs across the industry. We meet the class of 2019...
Lorna Clarke, controller, pop BBC
How do you feel about joining the Music Week Women In Music Roll Of Honour?
“It’s an impressive list that I’m thrilled to be a part of.”
How do you look back on your early years getting into the industry?
“It was tough, as it was for all women wanting to work in the media and music industries in the 1980s, as women were the minority. I only survived because a couple of people believed in me and gave me guidance.”
Did you have a mentor or role model who helped you at that stage?
“It’s essential to have mentors and role models both inside and outside of work. I’ll spare their blushes as they know who they are! It helps to have different perspectives for guidance and support in whatever job we do.”
What do you consider to be your biggest achievement so far?
“My biggest achievement is mentoring real star talent who then go on to achieve amazing things. I was supported along the way, so it’s important to give that support back.”
What one thing would you change about the music industry?
“Remember the music fan, who will support an artist’s career for a lifetime.”
Is the business taking enough positive and proactive steps to deal with the issues surrounding diversity and equality?
“It’s good to hear big public conversations and debates around diversity and equality. It’s been a long time coming.”
Is the industry doing enough to protect the mental health of execs and artists?
“It’s good to see everyone talking about mental health challenges in the open, as acknowledgement and understanding is crucial. The BBC has a number of training initiatives as well as support networks to help staff when they require it.”
What advice would you offer young female executives about enjoying a successful career in music?
“Be authentic and always bring yourself to the job. Don’t feel you need to be someone else to fit in – you as you will fit in.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Someone told me, ‘You got here because you’re talented, not because you work harder than anyone else.’”
What is your vision for the future?
“Watching Little Simz, FKA Twigs, Brittany Howard, Georgia and Jessie Ware perform on the recent revamped series of Later… With Jools Holland on BBC2, I’m really excited about the future for women in the music industry.”