About the Classic BRIT Awards
The Classic BRIT Awards with MasterCard is organised by The BPI — the trade association which represents the interests of UK record companies.
The project is overseen by the Classic BRITs Committee co-Chaired by Dickon Stainer of Universal Music and Barry McCann of Avie Records. Other 2013 committee members are Geoff Taylor (CEO, BPI), Liam Toner (Sony Classical), John Kelleher (Warner Classics), Chloe Mason (BRITs TV Executive Producer), Ceire Deery (BRITs TV Producer), Adrian Carter (BRITs Event Manager), Maggie Crowe OBE (BRITs Event Director). The show is commissioned by ITV's John Kaye Cooper and the official media partner is Classic FM. MasterCard is the sponsor with Raymond Weil the official watch partner to the BRITs.
The Classic BRITs plays a major role in supporting and nurturing talent in both the core and crossover classical world. The event was established in 2000 to honour and recognise all forms of classical music from contemporary to crossover, opera to soundtracks, traditional to theatre and has continued to evolve as classical music has once again become a major seller in the music world. The two hour show-stopping performances and attendance of global classical superstars continues to make the Classic BRIT Awards a must see annual part of the ITV calendar.
A substantial financial contribution from all BRIT events go to the BPI's charitable arm — the BRIT Trust. The BRIT Trust mission statement is to 'support young people in music and education'. Major beneficiaries include The BRIT School and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.