Quantcast
 Email

 First Name

 Last Name

 Company

 Country
CAPTCHA code
Captcha: (type the characters above)

MERCURY ORBITS AJR
The Met brothers have a new label home. (5/17a)
NEW RELEASES: KING
KENDRICK RETURNS
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/17a)
PRIDE & JOY
From the archives (5/17a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS: Q2 EDITION
Place your bets here. (5/17a)
STREAMING SONGS: SUMMER HEAT
His lucky number is 23. (5/16a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
Blighty Beat
KEITH HARRIS HONORED 
11/16/21

European trade org IMPALA has honored veteran music executive Keith Harris with the Outstanding Contribution Award, recognizing his career and work advocating for equity and change.

Harris, who was appointed an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honors, started his career at then-independent label Transatlantic Records more than 40 years ago. Since then, he’s represented artists such as Stevie WonderLynden David Hall and Omar, as well as working as promotion manager for EMIMotown and Transatlantic.

In addition, Harris has held strategic roles at PPLUK Music and as Chairman of the Music Managers Forum. In 2020, he wrote an open letter to music industry leaders as his contribution to Blackout Tuesday, detailing his experience of racism in the business and urging the industry to make equality a priority for generations to come.

Harris has since joined IMPALA’s task force on diversity and inclusion, which led to the publication of its Diversity and Inclusion Charter alongside guidance for members, a training program and surveys to measure best practice and diversity. 

“This award honours Keith’s career, both as an incredibly successful music executive and as an advocate for equity,” IMPALA Executive Chair Helen Smith said. “His work as advisor to IMPALA’s inclusion and diversity task force has proved invaluable. Keith's advice will help the European independent music sector move toward a more balanced future.”