The Music Managers Forum and Featured Artists Coalition are to present Zane Lowe with the Industry Champion award at the Artist and Manager Awards 2012 sponsored by music-streaming service Spotify.
The inaugral Industry Champion Award was last year bestowed upon Martin Mills of Beggars Banquet and is awarded for altruism in the music business and service to artist careers.
Jon Webster of the MMF said: “Martin Mills is a hard act to follow but Zane’s unswerving commitment to new artists has helped so many over the years. We are proud to recognize that selfless achievement”
Lowe was known for shows such as Up 4 It and Brand:New in the nineties and has become one of Britain’s most reputable and influential DJs. He is credited with advocating musicians from the outset of their careers including artists such as the Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Chase & Status, Tinie Tempah, The Killers and Ed Sheeran to name a few.
More recently, his 'Hottest Records' and 'tracks of the day' have covered artists such as Gemini, Frank Ocean, Haim, Everything Everything and Jake Bugg who debuted at number one in the album chart this weekend.