UK: The comprehensive music industry awards event will take place at the London Hilton Park Lane on April 15, writes David Davies. The awards are open to UK-based professionals and apply to music industry projects and activity undertaken and realised in 2009 (Jan-Dec). Submissions can be made up until 22 January.
There are four primary Award tiers, with the first - Music Week selected categories - including Record Company of the Year, Independent Recording Company of the Year, the A&R Award, Manager of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Independent Publisher of the Year, The Strat and Producer of the Year. The shortlist for these Awards will be drawn up by the Music Week team and assessed by an expert industry panel.
Awards requiring a presentation at Music Week HQ include Artist Marketing Campaign of the Year, Independent Artist Marketing Campaign of the Year, Catalogue Marketing Campaign of the Year, Music and Brand Partnership of the Year, Music Sync of the Year, Independent Breakthrough of the Year, and Consumer-Facing Digital Music Service of the Year. A shortlist will be devised from votes registered at www.musicweek.com, with the final winners to be determined by an expert panel.
A third tier of Awards requires written submissions only: Sales Team of the Year, PR Campaign of the Year, Promotions Team of the Year, National Radio Station of the Year, Regional Radio Station of the Year, Distributor of the Year, Independent Music Retailer of the Year, Specialist Music Retail Brand of the Year, Mail-Order Online Retailer of the Year, Non-Specialist Music Retailer of the Year, Live Music Venue of the Year, Live Promotion Team of the Year, Live Agency of the Year, Live Production Team of the Year, Online Music Destination of the Year, and Digital Artist Tool of the Year. Once again, shortlists will be derived from Music Week website votes, and then whittled down by a distinguished industry panel.
Finally, three categories - Music Mobile App of the Year, Festival of the Year and Studio of the Year - will be determined by online votes.
"Live performance is experiencing a major revival as recorded music revenues continue to dwindle, so it makes sense for Music Week to be acknowledging the massive contribution made by audio professionals," says Music Week editor Paul Williams. "I encourage all PSNE readers who feel they have a strong claim to the title of Live Production Team of the Year or Live Music Venue of the Year to make a submission in the relevant category as soon as possible!"
"The Music Week Awards provide a very welcome opportunity for audio professionals to gain recognition for the sterling work they do, day in and day out, in the service of events both large and small," says PSNE editor Dave Robinson. "What's more, live audio standards are rising all the time, so these Awards should provide a chance to show who is really cutting the mustard! This recognition of the technical side of live music also reinforces the crossover between PSNE and Music Week - its sister title - which has become increasingly evident during the last few issues of our special annual publication, PSNLive."
For full information about making a submission to the 2010 Awards, click on the first link below. Details on the ticketing arrangements are available via the second link.