Abbey Road returns as headline sponsor of the A&R Awards 2021

It’s the UK music industry’s most enjoyable night out – and it’s on the way.

Tables for the A&R Awards 2021 are now on general sale. The UK-focused event, presented by MBW, will take place on the evening of Tuesday, November 9, at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

We’re expecting a sell-out, so please do snap up tables now to avoid disappointment.

To buy a Platinum or Gold table, or for more details, please email [email protected].


MBW is delighted to welcome back Abbey Road Studios as the headline sponsor of the A&R Awards 2021.

Isabel Garvey, Managing Director of Abbey Road Studios, said: “We are thrilled for Abbey Road to support the A&R Awards for a fifth year. Celebrating the achievements of the A&R community couldn’t be more important than right now, with teams adapting to unexpected change and positively thriving, guiding some extraordinary talent to new heights.

“Bringing people together has been one of the big themes of the last year, and at Abbey Road we’ve been focused on new tools to connect producers, writers, artists and A&Rs when working remotely, so we’re excited to see the A&R teams rewarded in this way.”

“Celebrating the achievements of the A&R community couldn’t be more important than right now, with teams adapting to unexpected change and positively thriving, guiding some extraordinary talent to new heights.”

Isabel Harvey, Abbey Road Studios

As ever, the A&R Awards 2021 will recognise creative and commercial achievement in the UK music industry across songwriting, production, artist management, music publishing, record labels and more.

Shortlists and voting for the 2021 A&R Awards will cover UK industry achievements across a two year span – beginning in October 2019 through to September 2021.

Shortlists will be announced in the summer, with voting commencing closer to the awards themselves.

Categories at the 2021 event will include Songwriter of the Year, Song Of The Year, Producer of The Year, A&R of the Year: Adult Contemporary, A&R Administrator, A&R of The Year: Contemporary Black Music, A&R Of The Year: Electronic/Dance, A&R of the Year: Pop/R&B, and A&R of The Year: Rock/Alternative.

There will also be winners announced in categories such as Major Label of The Year, Independent Label of The Year, Publisher of the Year, Management Company, and Artist To Watch (in association with Vevo), plus A&R Icon, the A&R Loyalty Award, and, of course, The Sir George Martin Award.

A range of brilliant category sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.Music Business Worldwide