RECORD industry charity, The BRIT Trust, is delighted to announce the appointment of two new trustees – Mulika Sannie and Kwame Kwaten.
The Trust, which last year celebrated its 30th anniversary, has recently also updated its guiding mission – refined to now read: “Improving lives through the power of music and the creative arts”.
The BRIT Trust works to promote diversity and inclusion in the UK by empowering people of all backgrounds through music and the creative arts.
Funded largely by the annual BRIT Awards and also through The MITs, and with a long-standing focus on supporting The BRIT School and Nordoff Robbins music therapy, The BRIT Trust makes donations to education and wellbeing charities that inspire people to realise their full potential and life chances, whatever their abilities, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
Founded in 1989, the Trust has since distributed over £27 million to a range of music and creative-related causes.
Mulika Sannie, who is VP of Business Affairs at Kobalt, said: “I have always admired the significant contribution The BRITs have made to the music industry, and I have worked with the BPI as a board member of its Music Export Growth Scheme for over three years. So when I was asked if I wanted to become a trustee of The BRIT Trust there was absolutely no question about it, it was a swift and definitive ‘yes’!
“I really am looking forward to working with the rest of the trustees to ensure that The BRIT Trust continues to support and grow the UK music industry from all areas.”
Kwame Kwaten, director of A&R, Point Blank Recordings, and manager at Ferocious Talent, said:
“I have been in the music business for 32 years and working with The BRITs for the last three years co-chairing its Diversity Advisory Group.
“So I was obviously honoured to have been elected onto the board of The BRIT Trust. I have to be honest here… on receiving the email, I yelled out very loudly and my wife had to come over to check I was alright. I will not repeat what I said, but just know that I am happy to be a trustee of The BRIT Trust!”
The Trust’s board is now made up of 14 trustees who volunteer their services from all parts of the music industry. Record labels association, the BPI, provides management and administrative support.
As part of a review which has taken place over the past 12 months a number of long-serving trustees have stepped down following many years of dedicated service. The Trust is, however, delighted to announce that they will continue to support its work as Ambassadors.
The BRIT Trust is chaired by John Craig OBE, who, in welcoming the new trustees and reflecting on the recent refresh at the Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Mulika and Kwame as our newest trustees.
“They know only too well the power that music has to improve people’s lives – which lies at the very heart of our mission and all the work that we fund.
“Their arrival will help to bring added impetus at a time of exciting change at The BRIT Trust so that it can continue to serve our industry and support charities such as The BRIT School, Nordoff Robbins and others, that do so much to promote education and wellbeing.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank former trustees, whose selfless dedication and valuable contributions over many years have made a huge difference to so many people and which leave an enduring legacy. We look forward to their continuing support as BRIT Trust Ambassadors.“
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Notes for editors:
Previously, The Trust’s mission was: “To give young people of all backgrounds a chance to express their musical creativity regardless of race, class, gender or ability.”
About The BRIT Trust
Established in 1989 and entirely funded by the recorded music industry – principally through The BRIT Awards – The Trust’s mission is to improve lives through the power of music. The Trust exists to promote education and wellbeing through music and, to date, has donated over £27 million to a range of progressive causes and charities, including The BRIT School, East London Arts and Music (ELAM) and Nordoff Robbins music therapy.
It also supports the work of addiction and mental health charity, Music Support and Key4Life, which seeks to direct young men who are in prison or at risk of going there away from a life of crime by drawing on their passion for music.
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