About the Silver Clef Awards
"The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards recognise outstanding talent across the industry, and are an opportunity for us to give something back to the music industry who support us so generously throughout the year." David Munns, Chairman, Nordoff Robbins Fundraising Committee
The annual Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards has been sponsored by O2 for the past ten years and is now the jewel in the Nordoff Robbins fundraising crown and the highlight of the UK music industry's calendar. Past award recipients have included U2, the Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osborne, Sir Paul McCartney, The Who, Coldplay and Kaiser Chiefs.
Back in 1976, Nordoff Robbins desperately needed support to meet its increasing financial challenges and keep the vital work of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins going. Andrew Miller, a talented young concert promoter, got involved and created the Junior Fundraising Committee (of the Music Therapy Charity), which would eventually become the charity Nordoff Robbins.
Others from the music industry that came on board included Sam Alder (then Manager of Roxy Music), Dave Dee (record company executive and former pop star), Dee Dee Wilde (a dancer with Pan's People), Nancy Jarratt and brothers Peter and Willie Robertson. Their first great venture was to tap into the music industry by establishing a music industry awards with a focus on fundraising.
A date was set for 29th June 1976 at Park Lane's Inn On The Park. Twiggy was asked to present the award for outstanding contribution to music, and The Who were the very first recipients. 400 people attended and were extremely moved by Paul Nordoff (of Nordoff Robbins), who was seriously ill by this time, but was there to speak about the vital work being done. A tremendous £12,000 was raised on the day - twice as much as originally hoped for - which secured the immediate future of the Nordoff Robbins training programme.
Since 1976, the event has raised nearly £9 million for Nordoff Robbins. We are proud of this heritage and forever indebted to its founders and also the music industry for its ongoing and invaluable support.