MusicTank Chair, Keith Harris, Picks Up OBE For Services To The Music Industry

15 Jun 2015

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List was published this weekend and MusicTank is proud to announce that Keith Harris, MusicTank Chair, was awarded an OBE for his services to the music industry.

Keith Harris began work in the record industry in 1974.  The first record company for which he worked was a small independent UK label called Transatlantic records.  The label represented mainly British folk musicians but also distributed the Blue Note and Milestone Jazz labels.  In 1976 he joined EMI Records where he initially worked for several in-house EMI labels in the promotions department.  These labels included Rocket where he worked on the Elton John album ‘Blue Moves’,  Fantasy, Ariola and EMI International.   He then joined Motown which was an EMI licensed label.  He worked for Motown for two years ending up as  General Manager for the label.  During his period at the label he worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores, Rick James, The Supremes, Thelma Houston and Stevie Wonder.

Keith left Motown in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles to work with Stevie Wonder and became Operations Manager for Stevie’s companies.  On his return to the UK in 1982 he formed his own management company and has been involved in the management of various UK based artists since. He has managed Junior Giscombe, Junior Tucker, Paul Johnson, & Omar.

Keith managed the late Lynden David Hall, and still represents Stevie Wonder.

Other roles include: Director of Performer Affairs, PPL; former Chairman, MMF; Trustee, British Music Experience.

He was awarded an Honorary D.Litt (Doctor of Letters) by the University of Westminster in November 2007 where Keith was a visiting lecturer, BA Commercial Music, from 1990s to 2008.

Keith has chaired MusicTank for 12 years.

See the full Queen’s birthday honours list 2015

Join Keith at our next event June 25th: Private Copy Exemption: Rightsholders And Remuneration 6.30pm-9pm, London. With a host of other industry experts. Full details here.

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