TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS RECEIVES MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018
Emma Banks, Co-Head of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) London, tonight became the 2018 recipient of the highly prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award. Banks, one of the most successful and respected talent agents in the business, represents a host of major artists and has paved the way for women across the industry.
With the award dinner hosted by BBC radio and television personality Alice Levine, the honour was presented to Emma by her long time client and close friend Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
During the evening, the audience enjoyed performances by Florence Welch, Beth Ditto and Texas – all artists who have worked with Emma over the years.
A unique tribute film, featuring contributions from such superstars as Tenacious D, Kylie, Florence Welch, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peter Mensch, Arcade Fire, Hozier, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, HAIM, Charlie Puth, Katy Perry, Kraftwerk, Mike Greek (CAA), Norah Jones, proved the high regard that Emma is held in.
Attendees on the night included Beth Ditto, Bobby Gillespie, Florence Welch, Adrienne Warren, Apl De Ap and Taboo, Nadine Shah, Naughty Boy, Emma Hatton, Sharleen Spiteri, Alice Levine, Mary Portas and The Script.
Emma follows last year’s honouree Rob Stringer and joins the ranks of previous recipients including Kylie Minogue OBE, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Simon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE, and Annie Lennox OBE.
Celebrating its 27th 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 important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by Ingenious, PPL, SJM and Spotify.
Emma’s current roster of artists is second to none, including Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, Kylie Minogue, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lorde, among many others. Recent signings include Green Day, Muse, HAIM and Paramore, proving that even after nearly 30 years in the business, she is still a formidable force.
Beginning her career at Wasted Talent (later Helter Skelter), Emma and Mike Greek built the company into one of the premier music booking agencies in Europe, and she was subsequently named Managing Director.
On joining leading entertainment and sports agency CAA in 2006, Emma helped establish the agency’s London office and once again set about breaking exciting new talent. One of Emma’s first signings at CAA was a young Florence Welch, who was playing small venues in London at the time, Florence + The Machine now regularly sell out festivals and arenas across the world.
Not content with breaking UK artists, Emma also represents US pop star Katy Perry. Working alongside Katy from her very first UK show at The Water Rats in London to global superstardom and beyond, Emma has played a pivotal role in building Katy’s extraordinary career.
In addition to her role at CAA, Emma is chair of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef committee.
Emma has received a number of accolades throughout her career, appearing on both Billboard’s Women In Music and International Power Players lists a number of times. She is a seven-time winner of Pollstar’s UK Agent of the Year Award, Music Week’s Outstanding Contribution award in 2015, was honoured twice by the UK’s Woman of the Year Awards for the Music Industry and in 2015 received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the UK Women In Music Awards.
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