Peter Gabriel will be the recipient of the 13th annual Music Industry Trusts' Award, to be presented Nov. 1 at Grosvenor House in London. The award recognizes the contribution of an individual to the

Peter Gabriel will be the recipient of the 13th annual Music Industry Trusts' Award, to be presented Nov. 1 at Grosvenor House in London. The award recognizes the contribution of an individual to the British music industry and has raised over £2 million ($3.5 million) for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and the BRIT Trust charities.

"An artist's relationship with the music business is a bit like a marriage with all its perils and pleasures," comments Gabriel, "so it was a very pleasant surprise and honor to have been offered this award."

Award committee chairman David Munns says the nomination honors Gabriel's creative scope as an artist, his work fighting injustice, support of (world music festival) WOMAD and "his ability to see very early the potential of the Internet for music," notably as co-founder in 1999 of digital distributor OD2. "Eclectic is an overused word in our industry [but] Peter Gabriel not only represents the word, he lives it," adds Munns.

Previous recipients include composer John Barry, Beatles producer George Martin, Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, former BPI chairman Maurice Oberstein, and last year's honoree, veteran industry executive Rob Dickins. Elton John and Bernie Taupin jointly received the accolade in 2002.