A DEDICATED music lover who studied in Bracknell has won a UK Music award and hopes to inspire other women to get into the world of music.

22-Year-old Jo Howarth who studied at the Edgbarrow School and Sixth Form won the Business Special Mention in the Outstanding Music Graduate Awards last week at the National Museum in Cardiff.

Jo currently works at Tap Music and the company look after artists such as Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding and Lana Rey.

Ms Howarth is very proud of the trophy she has received.

She said: “I was honoured to be awarded a 'Special Mention' in the Outstanding Music Graduate awards by UK Music presented at the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards at the Nation Museum in Cardiff."

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated, let alone to have taken home a gorgeous trophy.

“It's currently sitting on our awards cabinet in the office alongside an array of Official Charts number one trophies, my bosses' impressive collection of Artist and Manager Awards trophies and two BRIT Awards.”

Ms Howarth studied music management at Southampton Solent University and graduated in 2018 with a first.

She believes the best part of the job is using it as a platform to encourage other women to join the industry.

She added: "I’d say the best part of the job is the rewarding nature of the industry, and that hard work really does pay off in this world. I also enjoy the way my job gives me a platform to help other girls trying to get into a business which is only starting to become a more welcoming place for young women."

Jo believes working in the music industry is hard work but is worth it to be involved in music.

She said: “Working in music is worth all the hard work I’ve put into it over the years.

“I’m very lucky that the artist projects I get to work on are projects that I thoroughly enjoy and am very excited about the rest of 2019 for both."

She personally works alongside Essex band Rat Boy and Danny Jones from McFly.