Music Industry Trusts Award 2023: Lucy Dickins to be honoured
One of the world’s most revered music agents, Lucy Dickins, is to be recognised at this year’s Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS), marking her incredible legacy and her immeasurable contribution to the
music industry. During her 25+ year career, Dickins has shaped the face of live music today, consistently seeking out the greatest musical talents of our time and playing a crucial part in bringing the best live
music to hundreds of thousands of fans.
The MITS award will be presented to Dickins on Monday 6th November at a gala ceremony in The Great Room, Grosvenor House Hotel, held in aid of two vital music charities in the UK: The BRIT Trust and Nordoff & Robbins.
As a globally leading music agent, Dickins represents the world’s biggest star, Adele, along with her impressive roster including Mumford & Sons, Stormzy SAULT, Cleo Sol, Little Simz, James Blake and
Jamie T. She also represents Grammy nominees Hot Chip, Bryan Ferry, and Laura Marling, popular singer-songwriters Rex Orange County and Mabel, as well as rising talent Reneé Rapp , David Kushner, and Katie Gregson-MacLeod.
2022 was a landmark year for Dickins and Adele, who played two sell out BST Hyde Park shows, followed by an incredibly successful Vegas residency which ran from November 2022 to March 2023.
Since joining leading agency William Morris Endeavor (WME) four years ago, her impact on the company has been transformational, with several new key agent and executive hires, and having booked over
40,000 dates in 2022 alone. Her current role as WME’s global head of Contemporary Music and Touring sees Dickins at the helm of all aspects of the agency’s contemporary music and touring business across Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville, London and Sydney. Her rapid rise at WME since her appointment to head up the UK business in 2019 and then Global Co-head of Music in 2020 is a testament to her extraordinary talent, strong business acumen and her dedication to her artists.
Dickins began her career working as a junior product manager for an independent UK record label PWL before joining International Booking Talent (ITB) as an assistant in the early 1990’s. Over her time at ITB,
she flourished and rose through the ranks at the world-renowned agency. Music is in Lucy Dickins’ blood; her grandfather, Percy Dickins, founded the long-running music weekly the New Musical Express (NME). Her father, Barry, formed ITB in 1978 with a client list that included Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Her uncle Rob was longtime head of Warner Music in the UK, and her brother Jonathan heads up management company September Management with a roster that includes Adele.
Throughout her illustrious career, she has received numerous accolades, including being named to Variety’s 2021 ‘Top Entertainment Business Leaders’ list, Billboard’s 2023 and 2022 'Women in Music' list
and 2022 ‘Power 100’ list, as well as Pollstar’s 2023 ‘Women of Live’ list. She was also honoured as Music Week’s ‘Live Music Agent of the Year’ in 2017 and again in 2019, as well as ‘Live Agent of the Year’ at the 2019 European Festival Awards.
Dickins is a member of Endeavor’s Diversity and Inclusion working group, which focuses on the amplification of marginalised voices, and ways to further develop the company’s proactive commitment
to both diversity and inclusion.
Lucy Dickins, WME’s global head of contemporary music and touring: “I’m truly humbled by this recognition and honoured by the many colleagues and clients I’ve gotten to work with throughout my career and at WME. The live music industry has faced many challenges but we always come back stronger because of the artists and their fans who are at the core of what we do. It’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to grow in this industry and serve our clients and their teams and I look forward to coming together to celebrate with the people who have been central to my journey.”
Co-chair of the MITS Award committee, Toby Leighton-Pope: “Lucy's track record speaks for itself... Adele, Olivia Rodrigo, Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling and so many others, all with whom she’s achieved extraordinary acclaim and success. That kind of impact on the industry is undeniable and her contributions continue to shape the industry landscape. I've known Lucy for more than 25 years…and she is above all else one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She is truly deserving of the recognition of her MITS Award.
Co-chair of the MITS Award committee, Dan Chalmers: “Lucy is a force to be reckoned with within our music industry. She has always had an innate ability to spot talent and nurture it, she was one of the first to meet an unknown Adele at the time and take her CD and we all know where that led! Lucy is extremely popular and it’s those strong industry relationships, unwavering dedication to her clients and fierce
reputation that makes her one of the most sought-after agents of all time. It's clear that her clients trust her implicitly, she always goes above and beyond to ensure their success, and that’s why she is so deserving of her MITS Award.”
This year, Lucy Dickins will join the ranks of previous MITS recipients including Annie Lennox OBE, Kylie Minogue, Emma Banks, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Rob Stringer, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet
Ertegun, Michael Eavis CBE, Pete Tong MBE, and Roger Daltrey CBE. Last year’s ceremony was held in honour of the late music pioneer Jamal Edwards MBE, the first posthumous award given in the history of the MITS.
Celebrating its 32nd year this year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business and continues to benefit hugely deserving causes
year after year. The MITS Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff & Robbins, and is sponsored by PPL, SJM Concerts, Voly Music and YouTube.