The Glastonbury Festival organiser won the Outstanding Contribution Award at this year’s Women In Music Awards – while championing gender equality in the music industry
Top executives and artists have been honoured at the Music Week‘s event held at The Brewery venue in London (Saturday, November 9) – as regular host Alice Levine returned for top hosting duties at this year’s Women In Music – the sixth edition of the awards ceremony.
Glastonbury Festival organiser, Emily Eavis, picked up the final award of the day and was awarded the Outstanding Contribution award while delivering a rallying cry for the live industry to book festival bills with a 50/50 gender split.
During her speech, Eavis said “We’ve come such a long way, in the ’90s there was really only one other woman in the industry. Our phone was in the kitchen, and we had so many calls all the time, loads and loads of agents, mostly these big, old schoolmen… Emma Banks was the only female agent. There was just nobody else. I grew up thinking the industry was one woman and loads and loads of men!”
Imploring the industry to do more, she went on “Even the really grumpy male agents and promoters I work with are acknowledging that we do have to make that change, We’re getting there. Festival line-ups are almost 50/50 but we’re not there yet. The topic is out there and people are really consciously booking these bills and we’re making a difference. It’s not just us, it’s the A&R, radio, TV, everybody getting on board, it’s a collective effort from everyone in this room.”
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Thank you to the Women In Music Awards for giving me the Outstanding Contribution Award, it really was the best afternoon celebrating all the incredible women in the music industry. A huge honour. Thank you to the queen of BBC music tv Alison Howe, @stormzy @anniemacdj @mscaitlinmoran @coldplay @greenpeace and everyone who contributed. It’s times like these that you realise we are witnessing the shift in the industry and that is hugely important @musicweekinsta
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A host of stars and top execs including WME agent Lucy Dickins, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, CAA agent Emma Banks, Stormzy and Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer delivered passionate and heartfelt video tributes – expressing the industry’s true admiration and appreciation for Emily Eavis.
“You’re an inspiration for women and it’s amazing what you’ve done for music,” said Dickins.
Stringer said: “I’m sure like many people in that room this afternoon, [Glastonbury] is my favourite week of the year. It’s Britain’s greatest cultural event. It always amazes me how, in amongst all the madness and mayhem, you manage to remain so calm and poised. You deserve every award. In fact, I think you’d make a great Prime Minister.”
Banks said: “You really deserve it [for] what you have achieved with Glastonbury – not just the festival but the charity work that you do, the things you do for the community there. Massive congratulations on this really special day.”
Annie Mac said: “Emily, congratulations on being a trailblazer, you’re an absolutely huge inspiration for all of us women who work within the festival business and just within the music business full stop. You have broken so many boundaries in terms of how festivals are booked. You have had to show a lot of men that women are as capable, if not maybe better than men, when it comes to booking balanced and thoughtful line-ups.”
Michael Eavis – Emily Eavis’ father and founder of Glastonbury Festival – added: “She’s always way ahead of the game on the bands. She richly deserves this award, I’m very happy and very pleased to have such a wonderful daughter.”
Stormzy, who headlined the 2019 edition of Glastonbury, said: “Massive congratulations on your Outstanding Contribution to music award. Artists like myself – a whole plethora of us – owe you so much. Thank you for changing my life and taking a chance on me. You’re a legend.”
— Music Week (@MusicWeek) November 8, 2019
See the full list of award winners and Roll Of Honour inductees below.
Outstanding Contribution —Emily Eavis, Glastonbury
Businesswoman Of The Year — Radha Medar, Metallic Management
Inspirational Artist — Louise Wener, Sleeper
Campaigner — Olga FitzRoy, SelfieLeave
Music Creative — Camille ‘Kamille’ Purcell
Rising Star — Tiffany Calver, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra
Music Champion — Annie Mac, BBC Radio 1
New Artist Award — Freya Ridings
International Woman Of The Year —Zena White, Partisan Records MD
The Company Award: Diversity In The Workplace —Universal Music UK
Roll Of Honour
Kate Alderton, UK finance director, Warner Chappell Music
Lorna Clarke, controller, BBC Pop
Polly Comber, creator/director, Black Fox Management Ltd
Gee Davy, head of legal and business affairs, AIM
Remi Harris MBE, creative business trainer and consultant, Remi Harris Consulting
Dorothy Hui, VP, digital & audience development, 4th Floor Creative, Sony Music UK
Heulwen Keyte, agent, UTA
Semera Khan, creative director, Polydor
Colleen Maloney, director of communications, Domino
Frances Moore, CEO, IFPI
Lucy Noble, artistic & commercial director, Royal Albert Hall
Nicola Spokes, UK label head, Caroline International