Sound and Music Chief Executive Susanna Eastburn appointed MBE

22:30 8/6/2018

Sound and Music has the pleasure of announcing that Chief Executive Susanna Eastburn has been appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Music in the Birthday 2018 Honours List. MBEs are awarded to individuals for outstanding work in specific areas of public life, typically having a long-term, significant impact on their field.

This recognition of Susanna’s immense contribution reflects over two decades spent championing the work of composers and campaigning passionately on their behalf. In recent years, her leadership of Sound and Music, the UK’s national organisation for new music, has seen its national and international reputation grow alongside pioneering work to encourage progressive change across the sector, including in addressing gender inequality. In March 2017, Sound and Music made a public “50:50 by 2020” commitment to gender equality which has had wide international influence and impact.

Prior to taking up her role at Sound and Music in 2012, Susanna was Director of Music at Arts Council England from 2008 to 2012, and previous leadership positions include as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. She is a Trustee of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. 

Commenting on the award, Susanna Eastburn said:

“I feel both honoured and humbled by this award. This is an exceptional time for new music in the UK, with an incredible range of composers, artists and performers creating new work and ensuring that music is a most vibrant living art form. Sound and Music has transformed itself over the last 5 years to become the organisation that this sector deserves, but that has only been possible because of the vision, creativity, hard work and generosity of many people, including my wonderful colleagues and Trustees at Sound and Music, many friends and supporters across the country, and lastly but most importantly the composers and artists themselves.”

John Knell, Chair of Sound and Music’s Board of Trustees, said:

"Susanna richly deserves this public recognition for her outstanding contribution to the development and appreciation of music in the UK. Throughout her distinguished career Susanna has been making a real difference to the lives of composers, creators and musicians, and enabled more audiences to access and appreciate their work. Her leadership of Sound and Music has been exemplary, transforming our work and raising the visibility of new music in the UK. Music is such a vital and vibrant part of Susanna’s life; wonderfully she has helped make that a reality for many others."

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