CAA London’s Emma Banks Receives Music Industry Trust Award


CAA London agent Emma Banks will be awarded the 2018 Music Industry Trust Award in recognition of the contributions she made in more than 25 years in the industry. 

Banks is known as one of the most successful and respected agents in the biz, and has represented major artists such as Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Katy Perry and Lorde, among many others. Recent signings include Muse, Green Day and Haim
In addition to her role with CAA, Banks is chair of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef committee.
David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, said of Banks: “Emma’s innate ability to work with artists, build relationships and of course spot the talent in the first place makes her quite unique. “A trailblazer for women in the industry from the outset, she is hugely respected by promoters, colleagues, artists and competitors alike. Coupled with a drive and enthusiasm rarely seen after nearly 30 years in the business, Emma is the deserving recipient of the 2018 Music Industry Trusts Award.”
She will receive the award Nov. 5 at a ceremony held to aid the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. With the award she joins the ranks of fellow honorees Kylie Minogue OBE, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Simon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE, Annie Lennox OBE and last year’s winner Rob Stringer. 
Banks began her career at Wasted Talent (later Helter Skelter) and helped build the company into one of Europe’s premier booking agencies. 
After joining CAA in 2006, Banks helped establish the London office.
She has already received numerous accolades, including honors from the U.K.’s Woman of the Year Awards for the Music Industry, Billboard’s Women In Music and International Power Players. She is also a seven-time winner of Pollstar’s U.K. Agent Of The Year Award.
“I am overwhelmed at being honored at the MITS this year.  I am rarely lost for words but when David Munns rang me to ask if I would accept the award I was honestly dumbfounded,’ she said in a statement. “The MITS ‘roll of honor’ is packed with people that I admire and respect – I never expected to be added to that list but will do my very best to be worthy of it!  I am looking forward to a great night and to raising lots of money for the two fantastic charities that the event supports – Nordoff Robbins and the Brit Trust.  See you there!”