RICHARD GRIFFITHS and Harry Magee, the co-founders of management company Modest!, have been awarded this year’s Music Industry Trusts (MITS) Award after four decade careers that have seen them more recently develop artistes including Little Mix and Olly Murs, and The Spice Girls.
Previous winners of the award, which supports live music charities Nordoff Robbins and The Brits Trust, include Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, the founder of Glastonbury Festival (cap. 147,500) Michael Eavis, Jools Holland, CAA agent Emma Banks and record and TV impressario Simon Cowell.
Griffiths was co-founder of booking agency Headline Artists in 1974, working with acts such as a young AC/DC, and moving to Island Records he gave the label its first No 1 with Buggles’s Video Killed the Radio Star.
He joined BMG in the 1990s and helped Cowell form Syco Entertainment, the company behind television’s The X Factor.
Magee set-up Wire Records in the 1980s before two stints at BMG one commencing in 1989, the other in 1998. The pair teamed-up to establish the UK division of American management business The Firm, before forming Modest! in 2003. Along the way he worked with Lisa Stansfield, Whitney Houston, Sting, Westlife and Foo Fighters,
The awards ceremony takes place on 4 November at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.