CO-HEAD of the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in London Emma Banks is to receive the Music Industry Trusts (MITs) Award in recognition of her contribution to the music industry over the last 25 years.
Banks, whose roster includes Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Lorde and Florence + The Machine, will be presented with the award on 5 November, in a ceremony in honour of the BRIT Trust and Nordorff Robbins, the music therapy charity of which she is chair of its O2 Silver Clef committee.
“Emma’s innate ability to work with artistes, build relationships and of course spot the talent in the first place makes her quite unique,” says chairman of the MITs Award committee David Munns. “A trailblazer for women in the industry from the outset, she is hugely respected by promoters, colleagues, artistes and competitors alike.”
Having started her career at Wasted Talent in 1990, she stayed with the team when it merged with Fair Warning and eventually became Helter Skelter, where Banks was appointed MD in 2002. She departed in 2006, along with fellow agent Mike Greek, to set up American agency CAA’s new London office.
“The MITS roll of honour is packed with people that I admire and respect,” says Banks. “I never expected to be added to that list, but will do my very best to be worthy of it.”
Previous recipients of the award include Simon Cowell, Kylie Minogue and Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis.