The A&R Awards in association with Abbey Road Studios is back for 2017!

The most enjoyable night out in the UK music industry calendar is back.

The A&R Awards in association with Abbey Road Studios will return to London’s Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel on the evening of Wednesday, November 1.

Mark it in your diaries – it’s gonna be a good one.

Once again, the cream of the UK’s A&R community across labels, publishers and management companies will be recognised for their work – both as individuals and teams.

And, once again, the night promises three extra special moments:

  • The Sir George Martin Award. Named in honour of the legendary Beatles producer, this award recognises an individual with a proven track record of truly artist-friendly A&R – combined with commercial success – who continues to sign contemporary hitmakers;
  • The Artist Loyalty Award, which celebrates a longstanding relationship between an industry exec and a standout artist who have stood by each other through thick and thin over the years;
  • The A&R Icon award, presented to an individual whose actions have truly changed the game for the creative side of the UK music business, and whose influence continues to reverberate today.

Individual ‘A&R Of The Year’ awards will be handed out on the night in separate genre categories including Electronic/Dance, Hip-hop/Grime, Pop/R&B and Rock/Alternative.

This year’s ceremony will also see a new individual award – with an A&R or A&R duo recognised for their work in the Adult Contemporary category.

Elsewhere, there will be Songwriter and Producer of the Year gongs presented – voted for by a panel of the very best A&R figures in the global industry – in addition to A&R Administrator and Breaking Artist awards.

Team awards will include two Publisher Of The Year categories, in addition to Major Label Of The Year, Independent Label Of The Year and Management Company (The David Enthoven Award).

[Check out all the categories and other details of the night through here.]

Finalists will be announced in a couple of months, selected by Music Business Worldwide’s global network of esteemed industry allies. And then, the judging process will begin…

Platinum and Gold tables are available to purchase today, but are expected to sell out fast – check out the official A&R Awards 2017 site through here for more details.

A run of fantastic sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks. If you are interested in our remaining sponsorship opportunities, please contact

MBW is proud to present the A&R Awards in association with our friends at Abbey Road Studios, who return to support the event for a second year.

Abbey Road Studios MD Isabel Garvey said: “Abbey Road has always been home to innovation and creativity in music, so we are delighted to celebrate the achievements of the A&R community by continuing our association with the MBW A&R Awards.

“Our two new studios and online mixing, mastering and audio products demonstrate our commitment to supporting emerging artists and making the magic of Abbey Road increasingly more accessible.”

MBW founder Tim Ingham commented: “We’re very excited to bring the A&R Awards back and already have some really special surprises lined up. And we’re thrilled to do so once again with our friends at Abbey Road.

“Our entire mission with the event is to give the great and good of the UK industry a brilliant night out – and, of course, to honour the very best of them.”

Music Business Worldwide

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