Jools Holland, solo recording artist, big band leader and presenter of BBC2’s long-running music showcase Later…, is to receive the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award in recognition of his contribution to music and music broadcasting over the past three decades.
The award will be presented to Holland on 7 November at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, as the charity event celebrates its 20th anniversary. Last year’s recipient was Tom Jones, with Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Webber among those honoured in previous years.
David Munns, Chairman of the Music Industry Trusts Award committee, said: “We are delighted that Jools Holland is this year’s award recipient, we wanted someone special for our 20th anniversary and he certainly is that.
“There is no one in the UK more associated with popularising music than Jools, whether it’s leading his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on nationwide tours, presenting his BBC Radio 2 show or presenting Later… with Jools Holland…
“He is also a tireless supporter of the National Autistic Society, the Prince’s Trust and The Drake Music Project.”
The award is the first of a string of career landmarks on the horizon for Holland. 2012 will be his 30th year in TV and his 20th presenting Later…, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Jools Holland Big Band.
Holland said: “How wonderful to be honoured. My lifelong passion is music and I’ve been so lucky to be able to indulge this for more years than I care to think about…
“To have been given the opportunity to lead my magnificent big band and to have played with many of the all-time greats is indeed lucky, and to discover and enjoy the many talents via Later… continues to be a privilege.”