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Inaugural Pensado Awards on June 28 to Honor Music Professionals

Herb Trawick (at left) and Dave Pensado

Photo: Zan Nakari

The producers of the online video series Pensado’s Place, co-hosted by Grammy Award–winning mix engineer Dave Pensado and executive producer and series creator Herb Trawick, have created the Pensado Awards, a new awards show intended to acknowledge today’s emerging brand of music professional and to “recognize the faces behind the sound.” Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in engineering and mixing.

The live show will take place on June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, Calif., and will be followed one week later by a global online broadcast.

Pensado Award categories include OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Amateurs Best/Mix Recording (Global); Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

“We are very thrilled about the opportunity to put on an awards show that is by the people and for the people,” says Trawick, who is also manager and advisor to Pensado. “And we are just as excited to have Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru—and other names to be announced soon—on board as our hosts, and all of our Pro Committee artists and sponsor partners. The buzz has been electric, and we are already talking about making this an annual event.”

“As an engineer and mixer myself, I am acutely aware that so many of the most talented people in the industry never get the recognition they deserve,” says Pensado. “We have founded these awards to acknowledge amateurs and professionals for their craft. We hope you join in the celebration, either in person or online.”

Working behind the scenes to make the Pensado Awards a reality are the producers from Pensado’s Place and a group of top industry PR and marketing professionals. Leading the charge are Pensado and Trawick, along with Pensado Awards producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions (producer of the TEC Awards at NAMM, the annual Recording Industry Golf Tournament charity event, and other pro audio events). Rounding out the Pensado Awards Team are social media advisor Will Thompson, PR professionals Clyne Media and Lisa Roy, lead agent Shevy Shovlin and business development manager Khaila Stewart.

The Pensado Awards Pro Committee is comprised of artists, engineers, producers and industry notables—many of whom have been featured guests on Pensado’s Place—who together will serve as the judging panel for the awards. The committee includes Andrew Scheps, Jimmy Douglass, John McBride, Manny Marroquin, Trina Shoemaker, Young Guru, Zoe Thrall (Studio Director at the Studio at the Palms) and others.

More than 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and more than 100 schools who are active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards.

Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Pensado Awards, visit

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