In 2011 the award was presented to the late Robin Gibb CBE of the Bee Gees
A world-renowned singer, songwriter and record producer, Robin Gibb CBE was also a champion of the intellectual property rights of creatives. From 2007-2012 he was President of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the global copyright protection organisation representing artists across 121 countries.
After serving his first three-year term as President, he was unanimously elected for a second time. In the role, he campaigned to persuade policymakers across the world to support creators and promote and uphold the value of copyright. As an Ambassador of Design to SBID, Robin was a voice for creativity across different disciplines.
Born in the Isle of Man, Robin formed his first band with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1955 at the age of six. They eventually changed their name from The Rattlesnakes to the Bee Gees and went on to achieve their first British success in the late 1960s. This was a springboard to worldwide success and they sold millions of records around the globe over their career. As a group, the Bee Gees were inducted into the Halls of Fame for their songwriting and vocal abilities and won countless BRIT, Grammy, American Music and World Music Awards. Robin also enjoyed a successful solo career and was lauded for the quality of his voice, dubbed ‘One of the best white soul voices ever.’
In 2002 he, along with brothers Barry and Maurice, was made a CBE for his contribution to music. The same month, in May, just ten years later in 2012 at the age of 62 Robin passed away after a long illness.
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