Jamal Edwards Music Industry Trusts Award

Jamal Edwards, the founder of the iconic and multi-faceted British music platform SBTVwill receive the Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS) this year.

The 31-year-old author, broadcaster and DJ, who died suddenly in February, helped launch the careers of Stormzy, Skepta, Dave and Ed Sheeran, while many other young creatives across the UK shared stories about the help from Edwards to enable them to succeed in their respective fields.

MITS will present the award on November 7 at The Great Room, Grosvenor House Hotel, where Edwards’ family will accept it on their behalf. The award will also be accepted for the benefit of the BRIT Trust, the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity and the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust, the charity set up by Edwards’ family to honor his memory.

“It is very humbling for the family to accept this award on behalf of our beloved Jamal and we are delighted that MITS is highlighting the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust alongside the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins,” said said Jamal’s mother, Brenda Edwards. “We know Jamal will be looking down on us on November 7th – bursting with pride that his absolute love of the music industry and giving back to the less fortunate in society has been recognized in this way.”

Ed Sheeran added: “Jamal has changed my life. He was also such a big part of defining the trajectory of my career, but I wouldn’t be where I am now without him. Jamal’s sharp knowledge, unwavering optimism and willingness to help others no matter the cost has meant he has changed the lives and careers of so many people, not just people in music, and no one deserves an MITS award recognizing their place in this industry anymore.

In other music news, North London rapper Avelino has just released two new singles.

Alice P. Darby