Following on from a highly successful third event in February, the Music Producers Guild (MPG) has announced the introduction of two new categories for the 2012 edition.
Bringing the total number of awards to 17, the new categories – International Engineer of the Year and International Remixer of the Year – are said to reflect the ‘global reach’ and ‘talent and creativity’ of the pro recording community.
The International categories – which also include International Producer of the Year – are open to all producers, engineers and remixers, regardless of their country of origin.
There have also been some changes to existing Awards categories, most notably the Joe Meek Award, which has been renamed the Joe Meek Legacy Award and will be presented to a worthy recipient on the basis of his or her body of work rather than more specifically for innovation, as was the case in previous years.
Meanwhile, the Live Award category has been renamed the Live Production Award, reflecting the fact that nominated projects can now include live music released on CD or DVD or as a radio or television broadcast.
The full list of awards categories is as follows:
The Joe Meek Legacy Award
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, sponsored by PPL
Producer of the Year, sponsored by the BPI
Recording Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Live Production of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single of the Year
Re-mixer of the Year
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
International Producer of the Year
International Engineer of the Year
International Remixer of the Year
The Music Producers Guild Awards 2012 will be held next February at the Cafe de Paris, London. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and any company that would like to be part of this event should contact Sadie Groom at Bubble & Squeak; tel: +44 (0) 207 287 4262; email: firstname.lastname@example.org