Sir Bob Geldof, Harvey Goldsmith CBE and John Kennedy OBE are to be honoured by music industry organistion MIDEM. The award will be presented at MIDEM, the World's Music Market on January 23rd in Cannes, France.
The trio will receive the MIDEM Personality of the Year Award, in recognition of their outstanding work in bringing the music industry together to help alleviate poverty and famine in Africa.
This will be the first time in its 17-year history that the MIDEM Personality of the Year Award has gone to more than one person. MIDEM, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2006, will take place in Cannes, France, January 22-26.
"The Live Aid and Live 8 concerts were astonishing events and a testimony to the music industry's ability to transcend pure entertainment and mobilise people on a global scale," says Reed MIDEM Chief Executive Officer Paul Zilk.
"The money raised in 1985 by Live Aid and the huge political impact of Live 8, are a tribute to the efforts of these three outstanding men. It is a pleasure to
honour them as MIDEM 2006 Personalities of the Year."
"What was truly impressive about Live 8, was that for the first time ever music and technology were used to communicate a humanitarian cause to the largest audience possible and carry the 'fight against poverty' message across the globe," adds MIDEM Director, Dominique Leguern.
In 1985, Harvey Goldsmith and John Kennedy teamed up with Bob Geldof (who received a Knighthood the following year) to organise the Live Aid concert, which raised over $140 million in support of famine relief in Africa. The trio joined forces again to co-produce Live 8, a series of 10 simultaneous concerts around the world, which took place on July 2, 2005 and which were watched by a global audience of some three billion viewers.
Live 8 was designed to draw massive public attention to the annual G8 summit of leading industrialised nations and to generate support for the Make Poverty History and its sister campaigns around the world.
The MIDEM Personality of the Year Award was created in 1989 to pay tribute to exceptional careers and contributions to the international music industry. Previous recipients include Nesuhi Ertegun, former President of the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), producer and musician Quincy Jones, Jan Timmer, President of Philips, Jean-Loup Tournier, Chairman of the Board of French copyright society SACEM, Arista President Clive Davis, Atlantic Records founder and co-chairman Ahmet Ertegun, Frances Preston, President and CEO of BMI, noted composer and producer David Foster, William H. Roedy, President of MTV Networks International and Chairman of MTV Networks Europe and Bruce Lundvall, President EMI Music, Jazz and Classics, U.S..