PPL’s Director of Performer Affairs Keith Harris receives OBE
I am really delighted to have been honoured in this way and when the initial letter came through about 6 weeks ago it was a complete surprise. The only person that I told was my wife, in case they had made a mistake!
PPL’s Director of Performer Affairs, Keith Harris, has received an OBE for Services to the Music Industry in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
The honour is in recognition of much of the unpaid work that he has done in the industry, from formal and informal mentoring of young artists and managers, to being Chairman of the Music Managers Forum MMF, the managers trade body.
With a long and varied career spanning 40 years, Keith Harris joined PPL in 2006. He worked for Motown in the UK in the 1970's before moving to Los Angeles in 1978 to work for Stevie Wonder, who he still represents. Keith also wrote much of the music business module of the Honours Degree in commercial music at the University of Westminster, where he taught for more than 16 years, and where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2008. He was Chairman of the Arts Council’s African and Caribbean Music Circuit for 17 years, and also sat on the National Lottery Capital panel for the Arts. He is currently on the Board of the Midi Music Company, a charity based in Lewisham, which provides access to the music industry to disadvantaged young people, the EMI Music foundation, which provides Musical instruments to schools which can't afford them, and the British Music Experience, which is providing a contemporary music archive and display facility. He is also currently Chairman of MusicTank, and still sits on the advisory Board for the MMF.