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Production Music Association Announces Winners of First Annual “MARK AWARDS”

MARK AWARDS Handed Out in 17 Categories at First Annual Event Sept. 9th in LA

Hollywood, CA, September 14, 2015 – The non-profit Production Music Association (PMA,) the leading advocate and voice of the production music community, has announced the winners of the first Annual “Mark Awards” for Excellence in Production Music. The inaugural event took place on September 9, 2015, at the Directors Guild of America headquarters in Los Angeles, concurrently with the PMA’s Second Annual Production Music Conference (PMC.) 

Named in honor of the late Andy Mark, who was a music library owner and a founding member of the PMA, the Mark Awards recognize the very best in production music in 17 categories. 

Renowned composer Brian Tyler delivered the keynote talk, as conducted by noted journalist Jon Burlingame, during the Second Annual PMC Event, which also presented 10 panels covering numerous topics pertinent to the production music industry. Hunter Williams is the Executive Director of the PMA. 

The Winners of the 2015 “Mark Awards” are: 

Hall of Fame Award:  Composer Gerhard Narholz, founder of Sonoton Production Music. PHOTO ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Randy Wachlter of Warner/Chappell Production Music hands out Hall of Fame Award to Gerhard Narholz’s son, Gregor Narholz, and Elisabeth Oei, Sonoton Director, North America, Accepting the MARK AWARD in Gerhard’s honor. 

Ambassador Award:  David Israelite, President & CEO of the National Music Publishers Association

Under the Category: Best Production Music Track

Best Ambient Track:

“40 Winks”/9 Lives Music

Composer: Richard Dutnall

Best Dance Track:


Composer: Marius Lenoir

Best Electronic Track:


Composer: Hallway Swimmers

Best Hip Hop Track:

 “We the Light”/Firstcom Music

Composer: Bryan Spitzer

Best Jazz Track:

“Bopology”/APM Music

Composer: Bill Novick & Paul Lenart

Best Orchestral Track:


Composer: Joseph Saba & Stewart Winter

Best Rock Track:

“Truth Is”/Amphibious Zoo Music

Composer: Scott Reinwand

Best Vocal Track:

“Comin’ For A Change”/BWN Music

Composer: Stephen Clinton Sullivan

Best World Track:

 “A Stroll in Pelourinho”/Megatrax Production Music

Composer: Eduardo Lyra Krieger & Orlei Goncalves

Under the Category: Best Use of Production Music

Best Use of Production Music In A Commercial Advertisement:

“When Dreams Come True”/APM Music

Composer: Baptiste Francois Thiry

Best Use of Production Music In An On-Air Promo:

“Beethoven to the Fifth”/VideoHelper

Composer: Aaron Sapp

Best Use of Production Music In A Theatrical Film Trailer:

“It’s OK”/Audio Network

Composer: Tom Rosenthal & Max Brodie

Best Use of Production Music As Theme Song In TV Program:

“Into Battle”/Stephen Arnold Music

Composer: Robert Price & Stephen Arnold

Best Use of Production Music As Underscore In A TV Program:

“All Up In Ya Earhole”/VideoHelper

Composer: Brian Randazzo

Best Use of Production Music In Full-Length Theatrical Film:

“Not Alone”/MidCoast Music 

Composer: Christopher Francis Hanson & Matthew Schwanke


The PMA assembled an independent group of industry professionals, culled from executives working within TV networks, ad agencies, promo departments, trailer companies, and licensing organizations, to facilitate the submissions, judging, and final selection of Mark Awards winners.


Founded in l997, the Production Music Association (PMA) is the leading advocate and voice of the production music community.  A non-profit organization with over 675 members, including music publishers, composers, and industry professionals, the mission of the PMA is to elevate the unique value of production music and to ensure the viability of the production music industry.

Headquartered in both Los Angeles and Nashville, the PMA strives to fulfill its mission by:

**Working with performing rights organizations, legislators, legal counsel and broadcasters in the aim of improving the reporting, monitoring, collection and distribution of performance fees and royalties for PMA members;

**Providing its members with a forum in which issues of common concern and interest can be discussed and decisions made;

**Educating its members and the marketplace about music rights and other issues affecting the production music community; and

** Enhancing the value of PMA members’ music through research, education and public relations.

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