Pete Tong awarded the Music Industry Trusts Award – Music News
Pete Tong is expected to be honored with the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS).
The 60-year-old BBC Radio 1 DJ – who received an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order in the British Empire) as part of the 2014 New Year’s Honors for service to broadcasting and music – will be recognized for his three-decade career in music and his dedication to championing emerging talent.
The award will be presented to Pete in partnership with charities BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins at a gala ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on November 1.
The artist, DJ, music producer and A&R said in a statement: “It is a huge honor to receive the MITS award and to have the opportunity to spotlight two outstanding charities, The BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. The past year has seen the music industry suffer like never before – especially the live music and clubbing sectors, but we are strong and optimistic for the future. I am proud to accept the award at the event in November and continue to represent my industry. “
David Munns OBE, Chairman of the MITS Award Committee, added: “I am delighted that MITS has decided to honor Pete Tong and his preeminent reputation in the dance music scene. For more than 30 years, he has been a pioneer in his field. and is known around the world for his commitment to recognition of his musical genre. Congratulations, Pete! “
Pete is following in the footsteps of 2019 winners Harry Magee and Richard Griffiths of Modest! The management, and the likes of Sir Lucian Grainge – President and CEO of Universal Music Group; Glastonbury organizer – Michael Eavis; and The Who is Roger Daltrey.
Since starting his career at the BBC Youth Station in 1991, Pete has shaped the coverage of the station’s dance music and most recently helped launch Radio 1 Dance on the BBC Sounds platform in 2020 .
The chart leader also performs in crowded arenas as part of his Classics project with conductor Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra, which sees them rework iconic dance classics with the help of an orchestra from 50 people.
And Pete also continues to work in the commercial arena, having launched a record label in 2019, becoming president of Three Six Zero Recordings and working with people like Paul Kalkbrenner, Gerry Read and Franky Wah.