The founder of the Glastonbury Festival was honoured on 3 November with the Music Industry Trusts (MITS) Award for his outstanding contribution to live music in the UK and in recognition of his many charitable causes.
Michael Eavis picked up the prize at the MITS Award fundraising gala dinner for Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust on Monday.
Now in its 23rd year, the Music Industry Trusts Award has raised more than £4.5 million in aid of the Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy and to the BRIT Trust’s support for young people in music and education.
Eavis follows in the footsteps of Sir George Martin, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin and Annie Lennox who have previously received the prestigious award.
BBC News reported Eavis as saying: “I can’t believe that 44 years of semi-controlled chaos has led to me receiving this prestigious award”.
Eavis hosted Glastonbury’s first event back in 1970 at his farm in Somerset and since its foundation the festival has become the UK’s biggest music festival.
Glastonbury Festival (photo: nickcave)
The official website reads: “ We are delighted to honour Michael Eavis with the Music Industry Trusts Award for 2014”, David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee said.
“We honour him as the creator of the world renowned Glastonbury Festival, the largest greenfield festival in the world, attended by over 175,000 each year and raising millions of pounds for charities”.
Many artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay and Damon Albarn have paid tribute to the 78-year-old farmer after receiving the award.
Michael Eavis with his daughter and co-organizer of the festival Emily (photo: zimbio)
Daughter of the Glastonbury founder, Emily, is the co-organiser of the festival which saw, last month, its tickets sold in less than 30 minutes for next year’s big event.