Jamal Edwards to be first posthumous recipient of UK music business award

Jamal Edwards will be honored with this year’s Music Industry Trust Award (MITS) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the music industry.

Edwards is being celebrated for his musical entrepreneurial spirit, founding the multi-faceted music platform SB.TV in 2006. He will be the first MITS aftermarket recipient to recognize significant contributions. his for the UK music business.

Author, broadcaster and DJ, who died suddenly in February, helped launch the careers of Stormzy, Skepta, Dave and Ed Sheeran through his youth film production and broadcast channel SB.TV . Edwards launched the channel as a teenager to share clips where he recorded his friends performing at his estate in Acton, London.

The MITS Awards will be presented to the Edwards family on 7 November at a gala ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel, organized with support from the BRIT Trust, Nordoff Robbins and The Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust, organized from charity founded by his family in 2022 to honor his memory and continue his legacy.

Jamal Edwards
Jamal Edwards. (Image: Getty)

Brenda, Jamal’s mother, said in a statement: “It is humbling for the family to accept this award on behalf of our beloved Jamal, and we are delighted to have MITS highlight our Confident Beliefs. Jamal Edwards is with The Brit Trust and Nordoff Robbins.

“We know that Jamal will look down on us on November 7th – with pride that his absolute love for the music industry and dedication to the less fortunate in society has recognized in this way. Thank you MITS! ”

Ed Sheeran said: “Jamal changed my life. He also played a huge role in shaping my career trajectory, but I wouldn’t be here without him. Jamal’s sharp knowledge, unwavering optimism and willingness to help others at any cost have meant that he has changed the lives and careers of so many people, not just those in the field. music, and no one deserves a MITS Award in recognition of his place in the industry. ”

MITS Awards Committee Co-Chair, Toby Leighton-Pope, said: “Jamal Edwards has changed the face of the music industry in his 31 years, his accomplishments rivaling that of someone who has. 60 years in business. His influence on the music scene as it is today should never be underestimated, just look at some of the UK’s biggest artists, tours and hits right now, and Jamal will play. contribute a part. That’s why he is so deserving of this year’s MITS Awards.

“Myself, Dan, and the MITS Committee would like to thank the Edwards family for their great participation in MITS this year. We will celebrate Jamal’s incredible legacy at a ceremony in November and continue to raise funds for MITs charities The BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. This year, we will also be raising funds for The Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust. ”

Dan Chalmers, co-chair of the MITS Awards committee added: “Jamal Edwards was a visionary. He saw a great creative way to promote new music on one platform and he went with it. When he founded SB.TV over 15 years ago, he was ahead of his time and he opened the doors to the industry for talented artists who deserve to be seen.

“Jamal has helped launch the careers of some of the UK’s best artists and it’s testament to him that SB.TV’s YouTube channel now has 1.23 million subscribers and continues to grow. Myself, Toby and the MITS Committee are delighted to present this year’s MITS to Jamal this November and thank his family for their participation. ”

Jamal Edwards
Jamal Edwards. Credit: Lia Toby/Getty Images.

Edwards’ admission after 2021 MITS honors Pete Tong MBE, and sees him join the ranks of previous recipients including Annie Lennox OBE, Kylie Minogue, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Emma Banks, Rob Stringer, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Michael Eavis CBE and Roger Daltrey CBE.

In March, Daniel Kaluuya paid tribute to Edwards while presenting at the BAFTAs.

During the ceremony, the Oscar winner took to the stage to present the Best Actress trophy. He then told the gathered audience, “Eternal life to Jamal Edwards,” leading to cheers from the crowd.

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