British CEO of Sony Music Entertainment worldwide will receive the 2017 Music Industry Trusts Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the industry.
Stringer, 54, is being honored for a three-decade career. Previous MITS winners include Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Sir George Martin, Ahmet Ertegun, Sir Lucian Grainge and last year’s recipient, Roger Daltrey.
Stringer’s support of artists means he is admired by colleagues and competitors, according to David Munns, chairman of the MITS Award committee.
Rob Stringer said he was honored to be recognized by the MITS, which is now in its 26th year. The award, sponsored by Ingenious Media, PPL, SJM and Spotify, will be formally presented at a gala ceremony in November.
Stringer started as a graduate trainee for CBS Records in 1985, He became managing director of Epic Records in 1992, and chairman of Sony Music U.K. in 2001. During this time, he worked closely with British artists such as The Clash, Sade and the late George Michael.
Stringer became chairman of Columbia Records in the U.S. in 2008, and boosted the label which includes stars such as AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Pharrell Williams and Bruce Springsteen. His tenure includes the success of 25 by Adele, Lemonade by Beyoncé and Blackstar, the final studio album by Bowie, whom Stringer worked with personally. Stringer was named UJA’s Music Visionary of the Year in 2013, presented by Adele.
Stringer was promoted to CEO of Sony Music Entertainment worldwide last October. He has since contributed to the success of The Chainsmokers and the solo career of Harry Styles.
The formal announcement of his nomination was made at a reception at London’s Groucho Club. Stringer is the younger brother of former Sony president Sir Howard Stringer.
Other previous MITS winners include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Annie Lennox, Gary Barlow, Harvey Goldsmith, John Barry, Jonathan Ross, Jools Holland, Kylie Minogue, Michael Eavis, Peter Gabriel, Simon Cowell, Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir Tom Jones.
The awards support the BRIT Trust and BRIT School, the U.K.’s leading performing arts and technology state school, whose pupils have included Adele, Amy Winehouse and many more. The event also helps Nordoff Robbins, a music-therapy charity that helps those with autism or dementia among other conditions.