UK: The recording professionals who contribute so much to the UK's music industry will finally get the accolades they deserve thanks to a new initiative by the Music Producers Guild (UK), which will hold its first Awards ceremony in London next year.
Entitled The Music Producers Guild Awards, the event will take place on February 12th 2009 at the Café de Paris in Piccadilly. This dazzling venue will provide the backdrop to an Awards ceremony that is set to become an annual highlight on the music industry's calendar. Pro Sound News Europe magazine is already confirmed as the first official sponsor of the event.
Music producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers and programmers whose technical ability and creative talent is so often the driving force that generates a hit record will all be recognised through the award categories. The categories will also include recognition for the Best Recording Facility, Best Mastering Engineer, Best Newcomer and Unsung Hero, who could be anyone from a runner to a studio receptionist.
Robin Millar (pictured), MPG founder and one of the UK's most successful record producers, with 44 No. 1 hits and 150 platinum, gold and silver records to his credit, states that it is high time recording professionals were given credit for their creativity and technical skill.
"Recording professionals are vital to the success of the entire music industry," he says. "I hope these awards will send out a clear signal, particularly to A&R staff, that production values mean something. Producers, engineers, mixers and programmers are incredibly important, especially at the early stages of an artist's career when the expertise and guidance they bring to a project can make all the difference. It is interesting to note that of the 100 all-time best-selling albums, only four were recorded without a producer."
MPG chairman Mike Howlett adds: "This is a really exciting initiative and one that is certainly overdue. For too long, recording professionals have been overlooked despite the sterling work they do for the UK music industry. We feel they should be championed - not just to give them recognition but also to inspire the next generation of 100,000 music students in the UK who will be the producers and engineers of the future. The Music Producers Guild Awards, which we fully intend to become an annual event, will redress the balance and give all these creative people the recognition they deserve."
A full list of Award categories will be announced in the next few weeks. Sponsorship for The Music Producers' Guild Awards is now being sought and will be handled by experienced event organiser Sadie Groom, of Bubble & Squeak, who successfully launched the annual Conch Awards on behalf of the UK Screen Association. She can be contacted on +44 (0) 20 7287 4262. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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