Long-time New Order managers Rebecca Boulton and Andy Robinson are to receive the Managers’ Manager Award at the 2019 Artist & Manager Awards.
The Prime Management duo will be honoured at the event, organised by the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition, at Bloomsbury Big Top on Thursday, November 14. The award is sponsored by SJM Concerts.
Boulton and Robinson said: “In 1999 after the untimely death of Joy Division and New Order’s mercurial manager Rob Gretton, the opportunity arose to manage two of the greatest bands ever. Fortunately they let us do it and 20 years later we’re still here. Despite some ups and downs we’ve had great success working with their new material and two of the most influential and credible catalogues from any UK artists.
“We’re truly honoured to continue to work with Bernard, Stephen, Gillian, and of course Phil and Tom - their talent and commitment is an inspiration to us. It’s been an amazing journey.”
What Rebecca and Andy have achieved is, I think, almost without precedent
MMF CEO Annabella Coldrick said: “What Rebecca and Andy have achieved is, I think, almost without precedent. Having assumed management of one of the UK’s greatest and most independent acts, they have successfully navigated New Order through tragedy and pitfalls – keeping a heavyweight legacy intact, while ensuring the band’s creative relevance endures for a new generation of fans. They are a complete inspiration, and I am delighted both have accepted this recognition from the music management community.”
Previously called the Peter Grant Award after the legendary Led Zeppelin manager, previous recipients include Modest! Management (2018) Jonathan Kessler (2017), Peter Rudge (2016), Jim Beach (2015), Paul Loasby (2014), Terry Blamey (2012) and John Glover (2011).
Under the A&MA's previous incarnation, the British Music Roll of Honour, the Award was received by Simon Fuller (2008), Bill Curbishley (2007), Paul McGuiness (2006), David Enthoven & Tim Clark (2004), Jazz Summers (2003), Ian McAndrew & Colin Lester (2002), Chris Morrison (2001), Tony Smith (2000), Rod Smallwood (1999), Ed Bicknell (1998), Gail Colson (1997), Geoff Travis & Jeanette Lee (1996).
As previously announced, former Music Week cover star Nile Rodgers will receive the Artists’ Artist Award. Other winners will be revealed shortly.