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Jacqueline Charlesworth Honored By Billboard as a Woman Executive of the Year

December 17, 2018

NEW YORK—Billboard honored Jacqueline Charlesworth at its annual Women in Music event as one of its "Women in Music 2018 Executive of the Year," recognizing her as one of "four powerhouse females” for her leadership in spearheading the passage of the Music Modernization Act, which was signed into law earlier this year. This marked the first time Billboard has honored multiple women for the same achievement. The star-studded gala in New York City featured a who's who of the music industry and saluted some of the best and brightest female artists in music, including Woman of the Year recipient Ariana Grande.

In a companion feature article, Billboard lauded Ms. Charlesworth and her co-honorees, Danielle Aguirre, executive VP and general counsel of National Music Publishers’ Association, Susan Genco, co-president of Azoff MSG Entertainment, and entertainment attorney Dina LaPolt of LaPolt Law PC, for their collaborative efforts in shepherding the MMA, a major overhaul of U.S. music licensing laws, through Congress. Calling the bill's passage, "the most sweeping industry legislation of the last 20 years," Billboard recognized Ms. Charlesworth's critical role in helping to draft the legislation, and in "getting the MMA over hurdle after daunting hurdle."

Ms. Charlesworth's experience encompasses a rare combination of litigation, transactional, and policy work in both the government and private sector. Previously, Ms. Charlesworth served as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the U.S. Copyright Office, where she oversaw a wide range of litigation, legislative, regulatory, and policy matters.

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