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 30th year, the honouree chosen for the 2021 award is Pete Tong MBE, DJ, music producer, A&R, arena-selling artist, and the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the music industry. Pete is one of the most successful and respected figures in the business and his 30+ year career has been dedicated to making dance music a global genre. He will be presented with the Award on Monday 1 November at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London.


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 regularly attracts over 1000 guests (with this year’s numbers subject to all government guidance)
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, Roger Daltrey CBE, Rob Stringer, Emma Banks, and in 2019, Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee, founders of Modest! Management.

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


Clive Cawley, Managing Director
Virgin EMI, Universal Music Group


Dan Chalmers, Head of East West
Head of Music EMEA, YouTube London


Alexi Cory-Smith, Entrepreneur


Maggie Crowe OBE, Events and Charities Director

Suzannah Fellows, Senior Publicist
The Outside Organisation


Alan Edwards, Founder
The Outside Organisation


Chris Evans, Creative Director
Sherry Design


Rachel Hayes, Head of Events
Nordoff Robbins


Fay Hoyte, Marketing Director
Virgin EMI


Caroline Henley
MITS Producer


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

Francis Keeling, Senior Vice President Digital
Discovery Communications


Carole Lampard, Events and Office Manager
ERA (Entertainment Retailers Association)


Patrick Savage, Executive Chairman 
YM&U Group


Paul Sexton
Journalist and Broadcaster


Tom Shaw, Live Event Producer
MITS Event Producer


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

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this year’s Music Industry Trusts Award.

PPL licenses recorded music in the UK when it is played in public or broadcast and ensures that revenue flows back to our members. These include independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging musicians to globally renowned artists. In 2020 we collected?£225.7 million while also distributing money to over 135,000 performers and recording rightsholders.

SJM Concerts is one of the UK’s leading concert promoters working with a wide range of artists. In the coming year this will include shows with Foo Fighters, Dave, The Killers, Green Day, Lorde, Little Mix, Foals, Madness, Michael Kiwanuka, Billie Eilish, Fatboy Slim, Royal Blood, D Block Europe, Sigrid, Glass Animals, Gary Barlow, London Grammar amongst many others.


As well as promoting in every major UK Stadium, SJM Concerts promote over 2,000 concerts a year at every level of venue making them one of the UK’s busiest promoters. SJM also promote the week of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust.


SJM Concerts have been voted ‘Promoter Of The Year’ at the Music Week Awards 9 times in the last 13 years it has run.

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