Event held April 19 in London.
Simon Banks, manager of U.K. breakthrough artist K.T. Tunstall for SB Management, will tonight be presented with the music manager of the year 2006 trophy, sponsored by Vodafone, at the Music Managers Forum’s annual Roll of Honour Awards event at London’s Hilton Hotel.
The evening, in front of an industry audience of 600, will also see Paul McGuinness, manager of U2 for Principle Management, receive the Robertson Taylor “Peter Grant” award. The title, named for the late Led Zeppelin manager, is given in recognition of outstanding achievement and a “trailblazing career.”
Other awards include BDO Stoy Hayward producer of the year 2006 to Stephen Street, whose recent credits include Kaiser Chiefs, Ordinary Boys and Razorlight; Vodafone music manager of the year 2005 to Supervision Management, whose clients include Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, and the Cribs; and the new Uncut Diamond award, to recognise an entrepreneurial flair in the field of black or urban music, to Shannon Francis, who has helped develop the careers of Ms Dynamite and Basement Jaxx vocalist Corina Joseph.
BDO Stoy Hayward also sponsored the producer of the year 2005 title, which will go Garret Lee, better known as Jacknife Lee for his work with U2, Snow Patrol and others. Crisis Management, the Manchester-based team of Karen Boardman and Tim Mullett, wins the music export award for managers sponsored by U.K. Trade and Investment, for its work in promoting various north of England artists overseas.
Alison Wenham, CEO of AIM (Association of Independent Music) and Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis are both inducted onto the MMF Roll of Honor.
“These awards are a testament to the hard work of the entire industry pulling together for a common goal,” says MMF's Secretary General James Sellar. “We are privileged to work in such a creative, vibrant industry and tonight [is] a chance for those behind the scenes to take to the stage and take a bow, watched by some of the artists they have helped.”