We are very proud to share that Music Support co-founder, Andy ‘Franksy’ Franks, has WON the ILMC Arthurs Industry Champion Award

With thousands of votes compiled from professionals around the world, The Arthur Awards, which took place in London on Thursday 29th February, sees the shining stars of the industry recognised and a handful of lucky winners taking home one of the cherished statuettes. 

On winning the Industry Champion (aka the ‘Unsung Hero’) Award, Franksy said:

“I am incredibly honoured to have won this prestigious Industry Champion award. Recognition from your peers is always hugely appreciated but to have been recognised for my role within Music Support is extra special. I co-founded the charity back in 2016 with a shared vision to ensure our industry peers didn’t feel alone if they were struggling with mental ill-health or addiction. I’m so proud that eight years on we have such a dedicated and passionate team in place who are quite literally saving lives on a daily basis whether that’s answering a suicidal Helpline call, providing someone with the treatment and after care they require or empowering individuals through Mental Health First Aid and Addiction and Recovery training to contribute towards a stronger, healthier industry community. This kind of recognition makes our team’s hard work so worthwhile.. Thank you so much to ILMC and to everyone who voted for me and Music Support.”

Franksy travelled the world as an award-winning Tour Manager working with everyone from Coldplay and Robbie Williams to Depeche Mode and Madness. The extreme highs and lows of the industry saw his drinking get out of control and eventually lose his job with Coldplay in 2012. After quitting drinking in 2013, he went on a journey that saw him co-found Music Support and return to the industry that meant so much to him. More recently he has been found backstage at BST Hyde Park running the Artist Liaison operation and recently returned home to Brighton following a world tour with the legendary Roger Waters. 

Find out more about Franksy’s journey in this open and honest interview he recorded with Dave ‘Sover Dave’ Wilson as part of his acclaimed ‘One for the Road’ podcast.