UK: The Queen's Award for Enterprise - an annual honour that recognises business success - has been awarded to five British-based companies with interests in music, music technology and/or professional audio. Focusrite, the Academy of Contemporary Music and Audio Network are among those to have been acknowledged in the Innovation category this year, writes David Davies.
Other companies recognised by the 2008 event include independent video and music publishing group 2 entertain; antique instrument restorer and dealer J & A Beare; and digital music and sound effects supplier Audio Network.
In existence for 43 years, the Queen's Award has this year bestowed 139 business awards - the second highest total for ten years. Each winning company receives an engraved crystal bowl and is entitled to use the coveted Queen's Award Emblem on packaging and marketing materials for five years. In addition, winners will receive a visit to their premises by a representative of The Queen, and be invited to a summer reception at Buckingham Palace.
Audio Network's award was given in recognition of the company's pioneering approach to music licensing, which is based around a library of more than 15,000 tracks that are pre-cleared for use and distribution across multiple platforms and all territories.
"I think it brings a feeling of real achievement for our composers and sound designers who have spent seven years recording, categorising and creating 50,000 sound effects and 15,000 music tracks," Audio Network co-founder and executive director Robert Hurst tells PSN-e. "It's also highly motivational for everybody who has put in that hard work and effort, which is now paying such dividends for our customers."
Focusrite, meanwhile, has been acknowledged for its development of the Remote SL dedicated control surface and Automap Universal software, the combination of which enables easy and automatic control of plug-ins and sequencers.
"We're delighted to be winning this award for Remote SL with Automap Universal software," says Phil Dudderidge, chairman of Focusrite Audio Engineering/Novation Digital Music Systems. "The Remote SL is the first in a family of keyboards and controllers to benefit from Automap Universal, our proprietary software that enables users of modern music software to control parameters of that software from their controller without having to manually assign controls to functions and have to remember what does what."
As to the wider benefits resulting from the Award, a survey of 2007 winners found that 80% of respondents believed the honour had added commercial value to their firms, while 82% reported boosts to staff morale. 55% of respondents reported that it was the most valuable award their business had ever won.
The deadline for the 2009 Queen's Awards is October 31st this year. Application and nomination forms can be obtained now through the first link below.