Downtown steps up to sponsor Songwriter prize at A&R Awards

Downtown is the sponsor of the prestigious Songwriter of the Year category at this year’s A&R Awards.

It has been a year of change for the firm, which sold its publishing catalogue to Concord in April and transitioned into a global services company in the process. One constant, though, is its regard for the importance of songs and songwriters.

Downtown Music Services Global President Mike Smith said: “We are thrilled to sponsor the Songwriting category at this year’s A&R Awards.  Without the song you don’t have a music business and it is a tremendous privilege to be able to empower songwriters and artists to take control of their destiny.

“We are very proud to join with Music Business Worldwide in celebrating the achievements of the A&R community during a year unlike any we have known before.”

The hugely popular event, presented by MBW, will take place on the evening of Tuesday, November 9, at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

It is now completely sold out.

Other categories at the 2021 event will include 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, and, of course, The Sir George Martin Award.Music Business Worldwide