Brooman also co-founded Real World Records in 1987.
The co-founder of the World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival (Womad), Thomas Brooman, has been appointed CBE.
Mr Brooman, has been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to music and to charity.
Since Womad began Mr Brooman, of Wiltshire, has been involved in staging more than 145 festivals in 24 countries and islands across the world.
The first Womad, which took place in 1982, established the open-minded, music-first, approach.
Acts ranging from The Drummers of Burundi to Echo and the Bunnymen and Peter Gabriel have appeared at the festival.
Mr Brooman also co-founded Real World Records with Peter Gabriel, in 1987.
The label operates as a creative partnership between Gabriel and the Womad organisation.