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Lobbying for ‘Live’ Pro Sound Awards categories: here’s how

The first Pro Sound Awards will be held at Ministry of Sound on 19 September 2013: The lobbying period remains open until the end of May, but we still need your ideas and nominations!

The lobbying period for the Pro Sound Awards remains open until the end of May, but we still need your ideas and nominations! The first Pro Sound Awards will be held at Ministry of Sound on 19 September 2013, and it’s already shaping up to be quite the shindig. Sennheiser, DiGiCo, Focusrite Novation, Fineline Media Finance and now Martin Audio are already onboard as sponsors – with another major name to be announced shortly. The Awards will cover the spectrum of pro-audio, recognising excellence in the four sectors of Live/Touring, Studio, Installed Sound and Broadcast Audio, along with four special awards for Rising Star, Marketing Campaign/Initiative of the Year, Grand Prix and Lifetime Achievement. Some 16 different accolades will be up for grabs during the evening. There will also be a complimentary drinks reception and post-awards party. Of particular interest to readers of PSNEurope-Live will be the three ‘Live/Touring’ awards. These are Engineer of the Year, Touring Sound Production and After-sales Support. (This threesome is currently seeking a sponsor: email or for more on that.)
Who is eligible for each award? The boundaries are intentionally broad, in order to entice as many entries as possible.
For Engineer of the Year, we’re looking for ‘Any engineer working in a touring, theatre or one-off event environment at FOH or monitor position, who has demonstrated exemplary contribution or performance’. Gear manufacturers, PA companies, venue bosses – nominate your best men and women!
For the Tour Sound Production award, we’re after ‘Any PA/rental house who shows outstanding work in a live production (theatre, touring, one-off event, festival)’. Tour managers, venues, production managers, and even the bands themselves should all be able to think of a sound house they’ve been impressed with.
And for After-sales Support – and yes, this is a shamelessly ‘businessy’ gong – nominations should be for ‘Any equipment supplier/distributor/reseller who demonstrates exemplary support following a high price-tag purchase/production project spend’. This is where the theatre manager acknowledges the audio supplier; or the rental company gives props to the equipment manufacturer/supplier. There’s plenty of scope here.
All nominations should apply to events between 9 September 2012 (…that’s after the Olympics) until the lobbying period closes: 31 May 2013.
How do you lobby for your nominee? Lobbying is free, anyone can do it, and making your thoughts known is easy.
Read through the categories and see which one(s) you feel you want to make a pitch for: and you can nominate yourself. Send your short pitch (up to 300 words MAXIMUM) for each award under consideration to 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. The more relevant detail present in your contribution, the easier it will be to sift through the great number of lobbying suggestions we expect to receive. But please – no more than 300 words per entry. 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. 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 large panel of judges from across the spectrum of the pro-audio industry. These judges ultimately will choose the winners of each Pro Sound Award (with the exception of the Grand Prix and Lifetime Achievement – these will be chosen by the Pro Sound Awards team). So drop us a line with your nomination(s), fast! A full list of award categories, details of eligibility and so on, is available on the lobbying page. ( Early bird tickets are currently available for the 19 September event for just £30. For more information contact