Women in Music Awards 2016: Alison Tickell Wins Campaigner of the Year Award

The award for Campaigner of the Year was presented to Alison Tickell, Founder and CEO of Julie's Bicycle, at Music Week's third annual Women in Music event.

Convened by UK Music, the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and Music Week, the Music Week Women in Music Awards celebrate and recognise the most important and influential women from all sectors of the music industry. 

Julie's Bicycle is extremely proud for Alison's work to be recognised in this way. Celebrating its 10th anniversary next year, Julie's Bicycle has grown from the seed of an idea in the UK music industry into a globally respected expert and advocate bringing together the worlds of the creative industries and climate change. Under the dedicated leadership of Alison Tickell, Julie’s Bicycle has advocated tirelessly within the industry and at local, national, and international policy level for the sector’s capacity to create meaningful change, making the business, ethical, and creative case for action. It has worked with pioneering organisations to scale up their efforts and ambition, helping to spark a transformation of how the creative industries see themselves in relation to one of our most pressing challenges.

“It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of climate change. For the past 9 years, Alison has tirelessly challenged this in the music industry. She has worked to highlight the importance of the issue, and she has given us the knowledge on how to take action and DO SOMETHING about it. She has also been hugely influential in advocating for the importance of artists and creatives in getting us out of this mess - by using our voices; imagining a different future; creating shared spaces for optimism, grief, and feeling; and designing new solutions. Thanks to Alison for continuing to show us the way.”

– KT Tunstall, Winner of the Music Week Women in Music Inspirational Artist Award 2016

“This award is important because it recognises that climate change matters. When we began almost a decade ago the challenge was to make the case. Now the challenges are responding to the huge demand for change, celebrating the good things that are happening, and taking those stories out into the world.”

– Alison Tickell, Julie’s Bicycle

“Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing us today, and also one of the most difficult issues to do something about. Thanks to Alison’s vision for Julie’s Bicycle, the creative industries know what meaningful environmental action looks like. Having this kind of focal point has stimulated a growing movement of companies, labels, venues, and artists that have integrated sustainability into their daily business, and are inspiring others to do the same at a time when what we do on the environment really counts.”

– Tony Wadsworth, Chair, Julie’s Bicycle

Other winners on the day, hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter Alice Levine, included:

Outstanding Contribution: Alison Wenham, CEO, Worldwide Independent Network (WIN)

Business Woman of the Year: Nicola Tuer, COO, Sony Music UK

Inspirational Artist: KT Tunstall

Media Pioneer: Kanya King, MBE, CEO and Founder, MOBO

Rising Star: Martha Kinn, Partner at Machine Management and Manager of Years & Years

PRS for Music Foundation New Artist: Lapsley

HOPE not hate was the official charity partner for the event.  

Previous winners of the Music Week Women in Music Campaigner award are Angie Jenkinson, Teenage Cancer Trust (2014) and Pauline Tambling, CEO, Creative & Cultural Skills (2015).


Image Courtesy of Music Week, Photo by Frank Noon Photography: Nick Lowles of HOPE not hate presenting the Campaigner Award to Alison Tickell. 

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