Famed record producer praises opening of Skills Academy in Thurrock

ROBIN MILLAR CBE may not be a household name but the list of records he produced, especially in the eighties reads like a Who’s Who of sonic gold-dust. Black, Big Country, Everything But The Girl, Fine Young Cannibals and Sade. He was also the musical director for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

He has won every major international music industry award and gained 150 gold /platinum discs including 44 No. 1 hits, representing over £400 million sales worldwide and bringing over £300 million in overseas income to the UK. Robin’s production and arrangement of Diamond Life by Sade received a nomination at the 2010 Brit Awards as one of the best albums of the last 30 years.

Robin has an outstanding record of contributions to the music industry, education and skills training, third sector and charities, business and the wider community. He is Co-Founder and Trustee of Playing Alive Foundation, which encourages all artists to pledge a percentage of their lifetime’s income to charity, Former Patron and Creative Chair of Unite for UNICEF, Patron of the UNHCR ‘Voices for Darfur’ Appeal, and trustee of Vietnamese Boat Peoples Appeal. He has worked within education to develop awareness and understanding of the importance and proper functioning of the notion of inclusivity.

YT spoke to Robin about the importance of the National Skills Academy and how it can help the young people of Thurrock into the business. There are dozens of young people in the borough who, in music, have developed a raft of skills and just need the creative hub to take it to the next level.

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