Online submissions are open for the Music Producers Guild Awards 2017 and anyone can submit the name of recording professionals, managers and studio owners for one of the 13 categories.
Tony Platt, managing director of MPG Awards says: "The aim of the Music Producers Guild Awards is to ensure that creative people are properly acknowledged and credited for their work. Winning an award shows that you have the respect of your peers, because ultimately they are the people who have voted for you.”
Now in its ninth year, the Awards recognise the contributions made to the international music industry by the UK’s top producers, engineers, remixers and mastering engineers. Previous award winners have included Sir George Martin CBE, Youth, Paul Epworth, FKA Twigs, Brian Eno, Catherine Marks, Trevor Horn and Dave Stewart.
The Awards will take place on February 16, 2017, at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Absolute Radio DJ and stand up comic Christian O’Connell (pictured) will be the presenter and the headline sponsor is Prism Sound. Other key sponsors include PPL, Shure and the BRITS, which respectively support the Outstanding Contribution, Single of the Year and Producer of the Year awards.
This year there are some changes to the Awards categories: the awards for Innovation and Inspiration have been combined into one gong for Innovation, plus there is a new category for Self-Producing Artist that is open to projects produced by the featured artist.
Another change relates to the Album and Single of the Year Awards: entrants in these categories can now be considered on the basis of streamed material as well as downloads and physical releases. The only proviso is that streamed material must be paid for (via legitimate sites such as Spotify or Apple Music).
Submissions must be made by September 30.
The MPG is also holding a joint networking event in Birmingham on September 14, organised with the Music Managers Forum. To attend, you need to be an MPG member and it's easy to sign up as a free basic member.
This event is an opportunity for producers and managers to meet and discuss recording projects, artists development, music industry issues and anything else which affects careers in UK music.
Directors of the Music Producers Guild and The Music Managers Forum will be on hand to help with information and enquiries at the event.