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

The story so far…

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.

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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
Rhino and ADA (WMG)

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

Caroline Henley
Music Industry Trusts Award Producer

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

Francis Keeling, Snr Vice President Digital
Discovery Communications

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

Patrick Savage, Executive Chairman 
YMU Group

Paul Sexton
Journalist and Broadcaster

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

Tom Shaw, Live Event Producer
Shorty Productions

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

PPL is the UK music industry’s collective management organisation (CMO).


We license recorded music when it is played in public or broadcast, ensuring that revenue flows back to our members. These include independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging artists to festival headliners.


In 2018 we collected £246.8 million and distributed money to 105,192 performers and recording rightsholders.

SJM Concerts is one of the UK’s leading concert promoters working with a wide range of artists including Adele, Coldplay, The Script, Florence + The Machine, The 1975, The Killers, Green Day, Take That, Little Mix, Lorde, AC/DC, Robbie Williams, Sam Smith, Arctic Monkeys, Madness, George Ezra, Radiohead, Olly Murs, Foo Fighters, Muse and Stormzy 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 which just celebrated another fantastic year of ticket sales.


SJM Concerts have been voted ‘Promoter Of The Year’ at the Music Week Awards 8 times in the last 11 years it has run.

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