PPL CEO on why the MITS matters to the music industry

Peter Leathem shares his thoughts on why the Music Industry Trusts Award matters to the music industry.

The MITS Award is one of the highlights of the UK music business calendar and provides the industry with the opportunity to recognise some of its most important and influential characters. PPL is pleased to be involved again as a sponsor in 2017.

As CEO I am delighted that PPL is able to continue its long association with the event. I know I speak on behalf of our record company and performer members when I say that it is a privilege to support the BRIT Trust, and its two principal charities Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT School, on such an important and prestigious occasion. It is also entirely appropriate as the Trust passes the astonishing £20m mark in donations that it has made since it was established in 1989. I would like to thank John Craig OBE for his tireless work as Chairman of the Trust since then, as well as for all his incredible work over the years at the BRIT School.

The Trust’s mission, giving young people a chance to express their musical creativity, is as relevant now as it was back then. The economic and cultural importance of music to the UK has never been greater and makes tonight’s dinner all the more vital. Our shared future as a ‘Music Industry’ is dependent on new talent and that is one of the reasons why tonight’s Award is so vital. Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment worldwide, is a champion of new artists and aptly deserving as the recipient.

Clearly determined to make it in the industry at a very early age, Rob has, in his 32 years with Sony, worked closely with generations of the company's wonderful artists who have sold millions of albums and billions of streams all around the world. As a true music man, it is completely fitting that he is The MITS 2017 honouree.

The MITS raises important money for Nordoff Robbins and PPL’s profound thanks go to David Munns OBE. He has chaired the MITS for 22 years and we are very fortunate to have his indomitable drive, not just as Chairman of this event, supported by a wonderful committee, but also as Chairman of Nordoff Robbins. We salute the work he does and the incredible work they do.


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