Goldsmith Honored

Harvey Goldsmith is to be honored with a 2006 Music Industry Trust Award.

The U.K.’s best-known promoter, who’s celebrating 40 years in the live music business, is being recognized for his services to the industry, his work producing the history-making Live Aid and Live 8 events and the money he’s raised for good causes.

The world famous rock ‘n’ roll impresario, who already has the CBE among his long roll of honors, is almost as well-known for the work he’s done raising millions for the Prince’s Trust, the Teenage Cancer Trust and numerous other charities.

He’s due to receive his latest gong at an October 30th ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, the 15th time the Accenture Media & Entertainment-sponsored event has been held.

“Harvey Goldsmith has been part of the fabric of the British entertainment industry for over 40 years. His passion, enthusiasm and energy for producing great music events is as strong as ever, so is his voice! Harvey has consistently set the bar high for other music event producers to follow,” said EMI’s David Munns, head of the MITA awards committee.

Despite spending 40 years in the business, Goldsmith said he still feels young enough to be inspired by the great talent that constantly emerges and that every day offers a new great challenge.

During those four decades, in which he’s been the only U.K. live music impresario to become a household name, he’s worked with a long list of international talent including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Sir Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, and Madonna.

The Music Industry Trust Awards have raised more than £2.5 million for its two charities, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and the BRIT Trust. It was established in 1991 with the twin aims of honouring an individual and raising money for the nominated charities.

Previous recipients include Sir George Martin, John Barry, Peter Gabriel, Ahmet Ertegun, Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

– John Gammon