Emma Banks and Nordoff Robbins

Emma Banks co-heads the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) London office and represents many of the world’s leading musicians including Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence and the Machine and Hozier. She was honoured by the U.K.’s Woman of the Year Awards for the Music Industry twice – winning the Special Achievement Award in 1997 and Woman of the Year in 2007 and she is also chair of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef lunch committee. 

We caught up with her to ask why she donates her time to Nordoff Robbins. 

When did you first come across Nordoff Robbins and why did you decide to support them? 

Nordoff Robbins is a charity that is heavily supported by the music industry.  Many years ago there used to be a ‘Woman of the Year’ awards in the music industry that supported Nordoff Robbins.  I was lucky enough to win the newcomer award and I learned about NR from that.  I wanted to do something positive for other people as the music industry has looked after me very well and so helping with Nordoff Robbins seemed logical.

Tell us a little bit about how you volunteer for Nordoff Robbins? 

My volunteering primarily comes through my position as chair of the 02 Silver Clef Lunch and Awards. It’s an annual event in the summer that takes all year to organise!  It’s all about cajoling people, begging favours, being pushy and not giving up when you think you are getting nowhere!

What is your personal highlight from your time supporting Nordoff Robbins?

Every time I am part of a successful event it’s a highlight.  The fact that we can raise in excess of half a million pounds at a single fundraiser is just such a buzz.  Also speaking with some of the people that benefit from Music therapy can be a highlight – when you can see that the cause you are volunteering for really makes a massive difference to people’s lives and that their lives are better because of music therapy it makes every moment spent doing this worthwhile.

What would you say to anyone thinking about donating their time to Nordoff Robbins?

Do it.  It can be hard work but ultimately helping people in any way you can  is a wonderful thing to do and makes your own life better.