Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee are to be jointly awarded the 2019 Music Industry Trusts Award.
Co-founders of music management company Modest!, Griffiths and Magee have between them spearheaded the careers of many successful artists across a four-decade timespan, from Niall Horan to Little Mix, Olly Murs and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Modest! also represent classical music royalty in Katherine Jenkins, revered singer/songwriter Alison Moyet and the Spice Girls.
With Modest! formed in 2003, one of its most successful years came in 2010 when Griffiths and Magee started work with One Direction.
The group came third on the X Factor, but went on to sell over 75 million albums, playing worldwide sell-out stadium tours and breaking industry records in the process.
Over the years Modest! have been involved in many charity events directly raising over £4m in the process. These include The Horan & Rose Event which has raised over £1.5m, Cheryl’s Trust raising £1m, The JLS Foundation raising £500k and One Direction raising over £1m in a single campaign.
Indirectly, with their artists taking a significant part in other charity campaigns including Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Teenage Cancer Trust and Children in Need, this figure reaches several more millions of pounds.
“Individually and as the founders of Modest! they have continually set the benchmark in management and have led countless artists to huge success.”
David Munns OBE, MITS
The award will be presented on November 4 at a ceremony held in aid of the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. Griffiths and Magee follow last year’s MITS honouree, Emma Banks, and join the ranks of previous recipients including Rob Stringer, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Michael Eavis CBE, and Roger Daltry CBE.
Celebrating its 28th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business, and continues to benefit hugely deserving causes year after year.
The MITS Award supports two charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by PPL, SJM Concerts and Spotify.
“I’ve been working with Richard and Harry for nearly ten years now and if it wasn’t for them I don’t know if we all would have had half of the success we did.”
Niall Horan said: “With Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee, I struggle to know where to even start. What incredible men these two are. I’ve been working with Richard and Harry for nearly ten years now and if it wasn’t for them I don’t know if we all would have had half of the success we did.
“On a personal note, I know they’ve worked their arses off for me and I can put it all down to the kind of relationship I share with them. They are basically like my uncles. We’ve been all over the world together, laughed together mostly, cried together at times but most importantly had many great nights on the wine together ahahah .I’d do anything for these men and I can comfortably say that they would do the same for me.
“These boys are music industry veterans and it’s only right they get this honour and even more right that they are the first managers to do so. Best in the business Love you boys xx.”
Olly Murs said: “Richard & Harry you are more than just managers to me, but let’s be honest – for the last 10 years we’ve talked more about football than music.
“Anyone that knows you guys knows how hard you both work, and I can’t think of two more deserving people for this award. Now I’ll stop blowing smoke up your arse and get back to work!”
“Unquestionably loyal to each of their artists and standing our every corner, Modest! are so much more than your sponge management.”
Alison Moyet says: “Unquestionably loyal to each of their artists and standing our every corner, Modest! are so much more than your sponge management.
“It is not running high days with hot acts that flags a manager as outstanding, it is the ability to find the heart beat when there is no discernible sign of commercial life and to platform it successfully. Modest! have given me the space and respect to be the creative I needed to be. I’m so grateful for that.”
“It is indeed a great honour for Richard and I to be given the MITS Award and to have the opportunity to highlight two exceptional charities in The BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins.”
Magee said: “It is indeed a great honour for Richard and I to be given the MITS Award and to have the opportunity to highlight two exceptional charities in The BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins.
“We proudly look forward to November 4th for some fun and fund raising!’
“It is such an honour to be receiving this amazing award together with my great friend and partner Harry Magee.”
Griffiths added: “It is such an honour to be receiving this amazing award together with my great friend and partner Harry Magee. To help raise money for these two wonderful charities is an honor and a privilege.”
David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, said: “Richard and Harry have been at the forefront of the British music industry for over forty years.
“Individually and as the founders of Modest! they have continually set the benchmark in management and have led countless artists to huge success.
“Honouring two artist managers is a first for the MITS and we’re proud for them both to join the illustrious recipients list.
“We look forward to a fantastic awards night on 4th November.”Music Business Worldwide