Ian is a supporter of charitable causes, notably in the field of classical music. He is the founder of Rosenblatt Recitals. In 2013 he launched the Branscombe Festival in Devon, is a trustee of the Susan Chilcott Scholarship Fund for young singers. He also supports a number of other musical causes and a variety of charities and is the owner of Les Aldrich Music Shop in Muswell Hill, one of the oldest music shops in London.
In other charitable areas, Ian is an Ambassador for the RNIB, he supports the CST, Norwood, The Wiener Library, the UK Sepsis Trust (for which his stepson is an Ambassador). In December 2015 the Department for Culture, Media & Sport announced that Ian had been appointed by the Culture Secretary as a Trustee of National Museums Liverpool for a term of four years.
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for philanthropic services to music.