United Talent’s Neil Warnock has been awarded with a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Music and Charity.
Warnock was amongst a handful of music industry-related figures named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list today (December 29). Others included Nicola Benedetti (CBE), Nick Mason (CBE), Nitin Sawhney (CBE), Christian Blackshaw (MBE), Dr. Stephen Darlington (MBE), Gordon Giltrap (MBE), David Grant (MBE), Dr David Hill (MBE) and Janice Ball (BEM).
London-based Warnock, one of the world’s most experience talent agents, will collect his MBE in Spring 2019.
As part of his executive role at UTA, Warnock oversees a roster of UK agents and artists, advising on both regional and international touring business strategy.
He currently represents the likes of Dolly Parton, Deep Purple, Mariah Carey and David Gilmour. His career has also seen him work with legendary artists including Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel and Michael Jackson.
Warnock has been actively involved with the Nordoff Robbins music charity for 43 years. He sits on the Board as a trustee and is Chairman of Fundraising where he plays a pivotal role on several of the Charity’s key fundraising committees, including the O2 Silver Clef lunch the charity’s annual flagship event which has raised in excess of £20m.
He also leads on the development of the Charity’s awareness campaign “Get Loud” which last year saw 10 high profile shows across the UK raising awareness of the life changing work of Nordoff Robbins.
Julie Whelan, CEO of Nordoff Robbins said: “Neil has worked tirelessly for Nordoff Robbins as he believes so passionately in the power of our music therapy to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people. This recognition is hugely deserved for him and we of course are just so grateful for his energy, determination and commitment to our work which has made a massive difference across the UK.”
“I’m absolutely honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious accolade.”
Neil Warnock, UTA (pictured)
Neil Warnock said: “I’m absolutely honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious accolade. The work that Nordoff Robbins does is so important and the changes that they have made to vulnerable and isolated peoples’ lives are immeasurable. I would like to recognise all the therapists and people working at the charity who work so hard to make a difference to those lives every single day.”
Warnock began his career over five decades ago. He has directly helped to open up new touring markets in areas such as India and China for international artists, and has been an influential player in expanding the global footprint of the live music business.
Among Warnock’s achievements are Michael Jackson’s tour stop in India, The Rolling Stones’ tours in South East Asia and Europe, and Pink Floyd’s two world tours, numerous events, including having the band play Russia before the Iron Curtain came down and negotiating for them to play on the Grand Canal opposite St Mark’s Square in Venice.
The Most Excellent Order of The British Empire is a British order of chivalry, consisting of Knights and Dames, Appointments to the Order of the British Empire and Gallantry awards to servicemen/women, and civilians.
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