Simon Cowell is to be honoured with the 24th Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS).
This prestigious annual music award is presented to Simon in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the music and entertainment industry and many charitable causes. The Award will be presented on Monday 2 November at a gala ceremony in aid of Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.
David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee and Nordoff Robbins Chairman, said: "We are delighted to honour Simon Cowell with the Music Industry Trusts Award for 2015. We are proud to recognise his outstanding contributions to the UK music and entertainment industries and his personal support of many charitable causes. The creativity and excitement of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, for example, have left an indelible impression on our contemporary culture whilst his record label Syco has proven itself a world leader in the development and success of inspiring, talented artists. Simon Cowell is a well deserving honouree."
The Music Industry Trusts Award, now in its 24th year, has raised over £5 million for Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust. It has earned its respected place in the entertainment industry due to the great names that have held this honour: Sir George Martin, Ahmet Ertegun, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Lucian Grainge CBE, John Barry OBE, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue OBE, Sir Harvey Goldsmith, Jools Holland OBE, Gary Barlow OBE, Annie Lennox OBE and Michael Eavis CBE.
The Award was founded to recognise outstanding achievement in the UK music industry as well as to benefit the charitable work of Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.
Simon Cowell has completely transformed popular culture through his entertainment enterprise. Simon’s joint venture with Sony Music, Syco Entertainment, is one of the world’s leading global music, film, and TV production companies and is responsible for some of the most successful global music and TV franchises. Syco’s artists signed to Syco Music include One Direction, Little Mix, Susan Boyle, Ella Henderson, Il Divo, Labrinth, Fifth Harmony, and Collabro. While Syco’s television assets include two worldwide record-breaking shows: The X Factor and Got Talent, amongst many others.
The Music Industry Trusts Award is sponsored by Spotify, PPL, Ingenious Media and SJM.
The Award is unique because it recognises the contribution that an individual has made to the industry across a range of activities: record producer, film music composer, broadcaster, artist, music executive, songwriter and concert impresario. The Award evening has become renowned for its magic moments, with unique live performances that have a special resonance for the recipient.
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