The ceremony will take place on 22. May in the framework of a concert by the KUG jazz orchestra with The Vine Street Horns & Brad Cole. The Horns are wind instruments group of Collins. It is the first honorary doctorate of the KUG.

Phil Collins was successful for decades as a Drummer and singer of Genesis and as a solo artist. The award is given for his outstanding contribution in the KUG, the essential the field of Jazz and popular music singer, composer and Songwriter as well as actor and book author. Collins will participate in a Round-Table discussion with the students, but not at the concert play.

Collins has been awarded with seven Grammy awards and has for decades been one of the Fixgrössen in the international music business. Stylistically, the impressive and versatile singer, percussionist, composer, and Songwriter is well-versed as well in Jazz, as in Pop; at home, he is also in relevant Crossover areas, it was said on the part of the University of the arts.

“In the diversity, openness, and courage to the dissolution-dominated access to art-making, teaching, and research of the artist Phil Collins and the art University of Graz meet. A personal connection was created the Institute of Jazz, whose collaboration with Phil Collins is to be deepened in the future,” it said further.