The Music Industry Trusts (MITS) Committee gathered to bid farewell to their Chair, David Munns, who has stepped down after 27 years. He is succeeded by Dan Chalmers (Head of music, EMEA at YouTube) and Toby Leighton-Pope (AEG Presents co-CEO) who will take on the roles of co-chair. On Monday evening, the Committee celebrated David's formidable achievement of raising over £7m for both MITS charities, The BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, over the years.
Adam White (Deputy Chairman), James Anderson (Chairman and visionary who brought in the first major outside sponsor, Accenture) and the legendary Barry Barnes (MITS videographer since 1992) will also all step down from the steering the Committee.
David Munns said: “After so many excellent years and unforgettable moments at the Music Industry Trusts Awards, I will be stepping down as the MITS chairman. I have been the chair for over 27 years, and I was on the committee for my first year of involvement.
“I am delighted to announce that Toby Leighton-Pope and Dan Chalmers have agreed to take on the roles as co-chair. I want to thank them both for taking this on and I know they will continue to lead the MITS Awards brilliantly. I would also like to thank all committee members for their hard work and commitment over the years.”
Dan Chalmers said: “It is not a platitude to say that music has the power to make the world a better place. The MITS' long-term support for BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins continues to inspire and be a force for good for the next generation of music lovers. David's legacy as chair has changed the lives of so many, and it is an honour to take on the role of co-chair alongside Toby Leighton-Pope and continue his work.”
Toby Leighton-Pope added: “We have seen so many legendary figures be celebrated by the MITS over the years, and now it’s time to celebrate and thank a legend behind the scenes, David Munns. He’s been at the helm of MITS for nearly 30 years, and it has now become an integral industry event that provides ongoing support for the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins charities. Myself and Dan Chalmers have big shoes to fill and we look forward to carrying on David’s work.”