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The lobbying period for the Pro Sound Awards 2014 is now open!

The event takes place on 25 September 2014 at the newly refurbished Ministry of Sound nightclub in London.

Following the runaway success of last year’s inaugural event, the second Pro Sound Awards aims to be bigger and bolder. The event takes place on 25 September 2014 at the newly refurbished Ministry of Sound nightclub in London, with some 17 different accolades up for grabs during the evening – including two new categories.

This year includes an early evening session called ‘The Pre-Roll’. Still in development, this add-on will feature two sessions of insight and discussion, in a panel/Q&A format, with leading figures from the industry.

The Pre-Roll will segue into the awards ceremony, which will encircle the wide landscape of pro audio, recognising excellence in the four sectors of Live/Touring, Studio, Installed Sound and Broadcast Audio. Special awards will be presented for Rising Star, Marketing Campaign/Initiative of the Year, Grand Prix and Lifetime Achievement.

But! We need your input.

As of 15 April, the lobbying period begins, and it will remain open until 31 May 2014. Lobbying is totally free, anyone can make suggestions, and it’s easy to contribute. Here’s how to get involved.

Read through the categories and see which one(s) you feel you wish to make a pitch for: either pinpointing yourself, your team, an associate, or just a person or project you have particularly been impressed with.

What are the categories, and who is eligible? All the info you need is on the lobbying page. 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 entries, the Pro Sound Awards team – that’s the seven editors of the music/technology titles within Intent Media’s portfolio – will create a shortlist 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 prizes – these will be chosen by the Awards team – while the Audio Pro International team will choose the Rising Star winner). And then we wait for the big night, when all is revealed: 25 September at the Ministry of Sound.

Early bird tickets are available now for just £79. This includes the Pre-Roll, a drinks reception, food and entry to the after party.

 Buy tickets to the Awards here.

We look forward to reading your pitches!