The Music Industry Trusts Award has established itself as one of the true benchmarks of achievement and generosity in the British music business.

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It’s fair to say that the Music Industry Trusts Award has established itself as one of the true benchmarks of achievement and generosity in the British music business, bestowing the respect of peers upon its recipients, while benefiting the good causes that have the industry’s loyalty.

Now in its 26th year, the honouree chosen for the 2017 award is one of the most respected and admired people in the music industry, Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment worldwide.

Originally chaired by The Lord Levy, the committee’s reins were taken over in 1996 by David Munns (former Vice Chairman, EMI Recorded Music Worldwide). He continues to be ably assisted by his deputy chairmen, Toby Leighton-Pope and Adam White. A wide cross-section of music industry professionals complete the committee, and, working together, they have ensured that the fundraising dinner is an occasion not to be missed by anyone who matters in the business of music.


The award has two aims: to raise money for the nominated charities, and to honour an individual who has made a significant contribution to the UK music industry.

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The event has been held in the grand surroundings of The Grosvenor House Hotel in London since its creation in 1992, and now attracts more than 1,000 guests each year. Previous award recipients include the first honouree, John Deacon, CBE, Director General of the British Phonographic Industry; composer and entrepreneur Andrew Lloyd Webber; broadcaster Alan “Fluff” Freeman; producer Sir George Martin; Oscar-winning musician/composer, the late John Barry; the co-founder of Atlantic Records, the late Ahmet Ertegun. Music retail maven Brian McLaughlin; Sir Elton John and his partner in song, Bernie Taupin; talent finder extraordinaire, Rob Dickins CBE; visionary artist Peter Gabriel; legendary broadcaster and star-maker Sir Michael Parkinson; the quintessential impresario Harvey Goldsmith CBE; the Pop Princess Kylie Minogue OBE; Sir Lucian Grainge CBE, one of the industry’s most successful and influential executives; Jonathan Ross OBE, whose programmes have provided hugely influential exposure for new artists, international superstar, Sir Tom Jones; one of our most successful songwriters Gary Barlow OBE; iconic singer, songwriter and philanthropist Annie Lennox OBE; creator of the much-loved Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis CBE, Simon Cowell, and in 2016 the founding member of The Who and multi-generational cultural icon, Roger Daltrey CBE.

Meet The Award

Honorary President
John Deacon CBE

The Lord Levy

David Munns OBE


Toby Leighton-Pope


Adam White


John Deacon CBE


The Lord Levy


Committee Members

James Anderson, Chairman 
EnVirtual Ltd and Harrison Maritime Industries Ltd

Barry Barnes
Barry Barnes Films

Brian Berg, Chairman 
Eclipse Global Entertainment

Dan Chalmers, Head of East West
Rhino and ADA (WMG)

Alexi Cory-Smith, President Repertoire & Marketing

Maggie Crowe OBE, Events and Charities Director

Jack Delaney, Head of Music
The Outside Organisation

Alan Edwards, Founder
The Outside Organisation

Chris Evans, Creative Director
Sherry Design

Rachel Hayes, Fundraiser
Nordoff Robbins

Caroline Henley
Music Industry Trusts Award Producer

Jackie Hyde, Vice President Artist and Company Relations
Sony Music Entertainment UK

Francis Keeling, Vice President Global Head of Licensing

Carole Lampard, Events Co-ordinator
ERA (Entertainment Retailers Association)

Pat Savage, Managing Director 

Paul Sexton
Journalist and Broadcaster

Caryn Tomlinson, Snr Vice President, Global Communications
Universal Music Group

Jon Turner, Managing Director
Island Records

Alison Webb, Alan Zafer & Tom Shaw
ZAFER Productions

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