Depeche Mode’s longtime manager, Jonathan Kessler, to receive Artist & Manager Award

Jonathan “Baron” Kessler, the longtime manager of Depeche Mode, will be honoured with the Peter Grant Award at the Sixth Annual Artist & Manager Awards during the November 2017 event in London coordinated by the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artist Coalition (FAC).

Kessler’s career with Depeche Mode began as a tour accountant on the Black Celebration Tour in 1986 and has evolved over the next several tours to being the band’s first and exclusive manager.

Regarding the presentation, Jonathan Kessler said, “I am thrilled, honoured and humbled to be considered and chosen to receive the Peter Grant Award – thank you very much to the MMF and FAC. Depeche Mode are incredibly talented musicians and performers, we’ve experienced over thirty years of history together, and it has been an honour to be a part of that journey.“

Annabella Coldrick, MMF Chief Executive added, “Jonathan was a unanimous choice for this year’s Peter Grant Award. Depeche Mode have always been a watchword for pioneering independence, and under his guidance have evolved into one of the UK’s most globally successful and respected bands. A place where they remain today. We are hugely excited to celebrate Jonathan’s work and his contribution to their success.”