The live/touring sound category for this year’s Pro Sound Awards once again comprises awards for best facility, best event and team of the year.
The BBC Proms sound department, represented at the Ministry of Sound last year by Philip Burwell and Neil Pemberton (pictured), took home the team of the year award at last year's awards for their work on the 2013 event.
An icon of the British summer, the Proms – more formally the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts – was first held in 1895 and has continued to serve as a showcase of both musical and technological innovation. In 2014, the BBC's R&D department trialled 4.0 surround sound over the internet to "bring the listener at home an exciting, immersive experience when listening to [the] live concerts" (see BBC tests 4.0 surround for The Proms).
Legendary Buckinghamshire film and TV facility Pinewood Studios (which finally got the go-ahead for its long-planned expansion in June) beat dock10, Savalas and The Farm to scoop the best facility trophy.
Finally, British broadcaster Channel 4 was awarded the hotly contested prize for best broadcast event for its well-received coverage of the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The award was collected by Channel 4's James Rutherford (pictured right).
The sporting event's impressive audio system was supplied by L’Aquila-based based Agorà, as seen on the cover of the April 2014 PSNEurope (see Veni, vidi, vici: Agorà’s audio system impresses at Sochi 2014).
PSNEurope’s Pro Sound Awards returns to the world-famous Ministry of Sound nightclub in London for the third time on Thursday 25 September. Tickets for the awards, which celebrate excellence in live, studio, installed and broadcast audio, are on sale now for just £49.
The lobbying period for the awards is open from 15 April to 22 May, and is, as always, open to anyone and totally free to enter. Simply read through the categories and see which one(s) you feel you want to make a pitch for, nominating yourself, your team, an associate or a project or person with which you have been impressed and want to give wider recognition. Then send a short pitch (up to a maximum of 300 words) for each award under consideration to email@example.com or complete the online form at www.prosoundawards.com/lobby.
Provide as much factual information as possible; data and evidence of notable successes are invaluable. Up to three hotlinks to relevant material online can also be provided – and, by all means, ask your colleagues or industry friends to make their feelings known.
Based on the email nominations, the Pro Sound Awards team will create a list of finalists for each category. This process involves looking at the performance of those nominated companies over the past year, plus the information provided by the lobbying emails, but we don’t base finalist positions on the number of emails we receive about a particular company. A shortlist of finalists for each category will be presented to a 50-strong panel of judges from across the spectrum of the pro-audio industry, who will ultimately choose the winners of each Pro Sound Award (with the exception of the grand prix and lifetime achievement gongs).
See all the victors from last year’s sophomore event at PRO SOUND AWARDS 2014: The winners!.
“There have been a ton of notable pro-audio productions and projects since 30 May 2014, but you need to tell us what they were and who was involved,” says PSNEurope editor Dave Robinson. “You have to be in it to win it; I can’t emphasise that enough. And anyway, this year’s party is going to be better than ever – so buy that £49 ticket now!”
Leading studio equipment manufacturer Focusrite, which sponsored February’s PSNPresents event at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho (see Rapturous reception for inaugural PSNPresents), is already confirmed as the first event partner, lending its support to the studio category. A range of other sponsorsip opportunities – from headline sponsor to category, photobooth, red-carpet and afterparty sponsorship – are also available; contact PSNEurope ad manager Ryan O’Donnell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or account manager Rian Zoll-Khan (email@example.com) for more details! For ticket information, email Jess Farnan at firstname.lastname@example.org.