Vince Power, founder of British powerhouse promoter Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG), is to be made an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

National culture secretary Tessa Jowell will present Power with the accolade during a ceremony Tuesday in London. He is to be honored in recognition of his "valuable contribution to music," the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said today (Dec. 18) in a statement.

Power's status in the international live-music sector was confirmed as MFMG grew from a small northwest London country music venue in 1982 to a venture encompassing 30 venues and events, including the London Astoria, Jazz Cafe, the Leeds and Reading festivals, and an interest in Europe's biggest festival, Glastonbury in the United Kingdom.

Power sold MFMG to a Clear Channel Entertainment venture in April. He later launched a new entertainment empire, the Vince Power Music Group, comprising an initial portfolio of London live-music venues and nightclubs.