Decca President Rebecca Allen had an afternoon to remember last Friday when she was named Business Woman of the Year at the Music Week Women in Music Awards.
Rebecca has led Decca through one of the most triumphant periods in the label’s history, enjoying success with breakthrough artists The Shires and Gregory Porter, as well as chart-topping duo Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, who had the best-selling album of 2016 and Christmas number one with Together. The duo recently scored another number one with their follow-up Together Again.
Becky, who was presented with her award by Imelda May, says, “I am truly thrilled to have won Business Woman of the Year. It’s a great honour to lead Decca and I’m so passionate about this label, our artists and the people I work with – I couldn’t have achieved this without their support. This is a constantly evolving industry and I am so proud to be able to be part of that change.”
Highly regarded for her passion, determination and ground-breaking attitude towards every area of music, Rebecca has pledged to turn the historic label into a ‘global music entertainment business’ and has since expanded the label into other areas including the launch of Decca Publishing, Decca Luxe and the new label imprint Mercury KX.
Working her way through the ranks, Rebecca joined Universal Classics & Jazz 17 years ago as a press assistant, later rising to the role of director of media. She remained with the label after it was renamed Decca Records in 2009, becoming General Manager in 2012, Managing Director in 2014 and then President this year – the first female president at any UK major label.
During her time at Decca, Rebecca has signed major artists including legendary film composer Ennio Morricone and Norwegian songstress Aurora. She has united two beloved singers Michael Ball and Alfie Boe and turned them into a best-selling duo, has put UK country music in the spotlight with the success of The Shires, helped bring jazz to a wider audience with Gregory Porter and Melody Gardot, and championed young classical stars such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Nicola Benedetti and Milos. Rebecca continues to work closely with many high-profile artists including Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, The Lumineers and Ludovico Einaudi.
The Shires manager Steve Morton was one of many to sing Becky’s praises in a tribute video shown at Friday’s awards. He says, “Becky is a rare breed- running Decca requires thinking outside the box. Many of their acts don't follow the standard route to market, each project requires a unique strategy. You only have to have one meeting with Becky to see her in action- she overflows with ideas, strategies and a unique approach to each release. More importantly, she is a dream to work alongside with the most amazing vibrant personality, and quite simply never gives up. As a manager of artists what else could you ask of someone driving your campaign.”
Read about all the winners at last week’s awards here.