The first ever A&R Awards, presented by Music Business Worldwide, were announced last week – and have already caused quite a stir.
With tables selling fast, today we’re delighted to reveal that the UK-focused event is officially being backed by the world famous Abbey Road Studios.
The A&R Awards in association with Abbey Road Studios will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 2 at the Park Lane Hotel in London.
Those in the running for the ceremony include both UK independent and major publishers and labels, as well as management companies.
In addition, a string of individual awards will recognise the best A&R execs across genres such as Electronic/Dance, Hip-hop/Grime, Pop/R&B and Rock/Alternative – while Producer of The Year and Songwriter of The Year gongs will also feature on the night.
The Artist Loyalty Award will celebrate an individual who has stuck by an artist through thick and thin, and the night will be capped off by the A&R Icon Award – paying tribute to an A&R figure who changed the game for the worldwide music business.
Isabel Garvey, Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Studios MD, Isabel Garvey said: “With Abbey Road Studios’ commitment to driving creativity and innovation in music, we are thrilled to partner with Music Business Worldwide for the inaugural A&R Awards.”
Music Business Worldwide editor Tim Ingham added: “I struggle to think of a brand more synonymous with facilitating brilliant A&R than Abbey Road Studios.
“Abbey Road are a perfect supporter of this event. It’s an honour and a pleasure to welcome them to The A&R Awards party.”
Abbey Road Studios has been at the forefront of music creativity since Sir Edward Elgar’s inaugural performance back in 1931.
The world famous studios have hosted landmark recordings from modern day artists including Florence + the Machine, Kanye West and Adele – as well as playing an integral role in the creation of classic music from the likes of The Beatles and Pink Floyd.
In addition to its celebrated recording and production facilities, these days ARS also hosts Abbey Road Red – Europe’s only music tech-specific incubator program.
Red gives fledgling music tech start-ups access to Abbey Road and Universal Music’s widely respected expertise and facilities.
In addition, there’s the Abbey Road Institute – a new education initiative which aims to provide students with the highest standard of theoretical teaching mixed with the finest studio education.Music Business Worldwide