NEIL WARNOCK, head of music worldwide at United Talent Agency (UTA), has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours List.
The accolade, given for his services to music and charity, will be confirmed at a ceremony in the spring.
Warnock worked his way up through the agency business, creating The Agency Group in 1981 and building it to span five international offices, with nearly 100 agents and a combined roster of more than 2,000 musicians, speakers and authors. He sold the business to UTA in 2015.
He has been actively involved with the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity as its Board of Governors’ Fundraising Committee chairman for 43 years, helping it raise more than £10 million from events, such as its annual race day and flagship O2 Silver Clef Awards.
“I’m absolutely honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious accolade,” he says. “The work that Nordoff Robbins does is so important and the changes that they have made to vulnerable and isolated peoples’ lives are immeasurable.”
Through the course of his career, Neil has represented artistes including the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Dolly Parton, and Michael Jackson, as well as more recent acts such as Nickelback, Katie Melua and Caro Emerald.
Nordoff Robbins CEO Julie Whelan says, “Neil has worked tirelessly for Nordoff Robbins as he believes so passionately in the power of our music therapy to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people.”