Silver Clef Award

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Silver Clef Awards
The Clash with their Silver Clef Award 2013.jpg
The Clash at the O2 Silver Clef Awards 2013 with their Silver Clef Award
Awarded for Outstanding contribution to UK music
Location United Kingdom
Presented by Nordoff-Robbins
First awarded 1976
Last awarded 2013
Currently held by The Clash
Official website [1]

The Silver Clef Awards is an annual UK music awards lunch which has been running since 1976.


The Silver Clef fundraising committee was founded in 1976 by musicians and managers from across the British music industry, who wanted to honour and award music artists whilst raising funds for Nordoff Robbins. The event went on to become the annual Silver Clef Awards and Luncheon, an important date in the social and business calendar of the music industry, with even members of the Royal Family attending as guests of honour. The luncheon is also the flagship event in the highly respected and well-known diary of fundraising events put on by Nordoff Robbins. The Silver Clef initiative eventually expanded to the USA, where members of the music community there arranged the first American Silver Clef Award Dinner and Auction in 1989. The funds from that event benefited the Nordoff Robbins Centre for Music Therapy based at New York University.

In June 2013 Nordoff Robbins held its 38th annual Silver Clef Awards, sponsored by O2, at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. UK punk legends The Clash were awarded the main award of the day, the O2 Silver Clef Award, whilst Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees was honoured with the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award. Coldplay took home the Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award and The KinksRay Davies received the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock Award. The other winners included Alison Moyet (Investec Icon Award), Labrinth (American Express Innovation Award), Jessie Ware (MusicQubed Best Newcomer Award), US chart toppers Vampire Weekend (Raymond Weil International Award) and celebrated trumpeter Alison Balsom (PPL Classical Award) who were all there on the day to celebrate their win. An award was also given to One Direction for Best Live Act which was voted for by members of the public with the support of O2, Ticketmaster, Evening Standard, Spotify, Kerrang! Radio and Q The Music.

The next O2 Silver Clef Awards will be held in London in the summer of 2014. Watch footage from previous year's awards ceremonies at

Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland from Coldplay, and host Gaby Roslin, on stage with Nordoff Robbins client Edward Buckley and his mother Caroline.

For more information about the awards and Nordoff Robbins see the official website:


  • Committee Chairwoman: Emma Banks
  • Director of Fundraising and Communications: Jo Carter
  • Event Manager: Rachel Walker


  • Silver Clef Award (for outstanding contribution to UK music)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Icon Award
  • International Award
  • Best Newcomer Award
  • Best British Act Award
  • Ambassadors of Rock Award
  • Classical Award
  • Innovation Award

List of winners[edit]

Silver Clef Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Best Newcomer Award

International Award

Classical Award

Icon Award

Ambassadors of Rock Award

Best British Act Award

Innovation Award

Best Live Act (voted for by the public)

Discretionary Awards:

World Peace Award

Special Achievement Award

Heart Record/ Artist of the Year Award


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