House of Lords role for Robin Millar?28 October 2008
UK: Producer Robin Millar could soon be appointed to the House of Lords as a cross-bench peer, writes David Davies. Although best-known as a record producer with 150 platinum, gold and silver records to his credit, Millar (pictured) is also active in numerous other roles, including as an Honorary Patron of the Music Producers Guild (MPG) and as a UNHCR music patron.
Blind since the age of 16, Millar is also a noted fundraiser and champion for vulnerable people.
Millar was interviewed for possible appointment to the Lords earlier this year. His nomination was sponsored by a variety of leading industry figures, including Sony Music Worldwide CEO Rob Stringer, John Kennedy, John Deacon and George Michael. In order to further Millar's chances of selection, the MPG is currently collecting signatories and has already received messages of support from more than 200 people, including Harvey Goldsmith, Peter Jenner, Tom Robinson and Gail Colson.
Both MPG and non-MPG members are being asked to visit the MPG website (first link below), where they should look for the 'Robin Millar in the House of Lords' link that invites them to send an email registering their support.
"Robin is a lovely, cantankerous, sharp-witted man," MPG chairman Mike Howlett tells PSN-e. "I have participated in a number of music business forum events and he has a terrific style – he just sits quietly until everyone has said their bit then puts his hand up and basically blows all the bulls**t away in a very non-offensive but firm way… It would be fantastic if he was to secure a place in the House of Lords."
In other news, the MPG has opened the nomination process for its inaugural Awards event, set to take place on February 12th at the Café de Paris in London. Anyone wanting to nominate a recording professional for an award in any of the categories should visit the dedicated Awards website (second link below) and follow the instructions. Self-nomination is also an option.
As previously announced on PSN-e (read here), the winner of the Music Producers Guild Producer of the Year Award will also receive the BRIT Award for Best Producer following a recent arrangement with BRITs organiser The BPI.