With nominations for its 2013 Awards opening today, the Music Producers Guild is once again flying the flag for the music recording industry by recognising the talent and creative achievements of the UK’s top producers, engineers, remixers and mastering engineers.
Now in its fifth year, the Music Producers Guild Awards will take place on February 13th,, 2013 at the Café De Paris in London. Nominations will be open until October 5th, 2012 and, as in previous years, the winner of the MPG Producer of the Year category will automatically win a BRIT Award for Best Producer.
“Over the past four years the MPG Awards have shone a very bright spotlight on the vital role UK producers’ play in the success of the music industry,” says MPG Chairman Steve Levine. “This is exemplified by the achievements of the 12 individuals who have been shortlisted for the MPG’s Producer of the Year Award since 2009. Between them, these producers have been responsible for 100 Top 10 UK albums and 50 Top 10 UK singles, while the four winners have produced a total of 17 international artists and 32 UK artists.”
Levine adds that since 2009, 76 different producers, engineers and remixers have been shortlisted for MPG awards and together they hold 80 GRAMMY Awards, indicating that their impact on the music business is not just a UK phenomenon.
For its 2013 Awards the MPG is introducing a brand new gong – the A&R Award – which will reward an executive who has been a genuine champion of the creative process across one or more projects in the past year. Nominations are invited from all parts of the music industry but it is anticipated that record label executives, publishing executives and artist/producer managers will feature heavily on this list.
2013 will also see significant changes to the Studio of the Year award, which is now being supported by Pro Sound News Europe that, along with Music Week and Audio Pro International, is a media partner for this year’s Awards.
In response to feedback from the recording industry, the entry criterion has changed so that studios can easily highlight their facilities and the great work they have been doing. Submissions will follow a simple format that includes a 300 word summary about each studio, up to five pictures and a minimum of two testimonials. Studios will also have the chance to add links to more pictures, press, showreels, etc – and they can submit their entire entry online via the MPG Awards website so there is no need to spend time putting together a presentation or creating an EPK.
Voting for this award will be split 50/50 between MPG Full Members and the readership of PSN Europe, with voters basing their decision on the information provided by the studios.
The MPG Awards 2013 offer plenty of opportunities to win as there are now 17 Awards available. But before any awards can be presented, those who hope to win need to be nominated.
The Music Producers Guild is encouraging all those who wish to be considered to get on line at www.mpgawards.com and put names forward. Nominating a worthwhile recording professional is easy – all it involves is filling in a very simple online form. Everyone can be part of this process as the nominations are open to anyone. There is also no bar on nominating yourself and the Music Producers Guild is actively encouraging producers and engineers to do this.
The full list of awards categories is as follows:
UK Producer of the Year
International Producer of the Year
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Recording Engineer of the Year
International Recording Engineer of the Year
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Re-mixer of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single Song Release of the Year
Live Production of the Year
Studio of the Year
The A&R Award
The Unsung Hero Award
The Joe Meek Legacy Award
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music
To find out more about how you can get involved in the 2013 Awards, either as a nominator, entrant or sponsor, please contact the Awards Producer, Louise Stevens, on +44 (0) 20 8968 7766 or [email protected]
About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.
The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers.