NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR INDY MUSIC AWARDS
Following the phenomenal success achieved in their inaugural year, the INDY Music Awards return in 2008 with a host of exciting and fresh new developments. Shifting focus from London to the whole of the UK this year, the awards will recognise and reward even more independent venues, promoters and artists than ever before and continue to highlight the very best in emerging live music.
200 venues and promoters have already registered for this year’s awards, while organisers are keen to encourage even more to register and nominate their favourite independent artists that have impressed them over the last year.
Once the registration closes, the public can begin to cast their votes for their favourite nominated artists at www.indyawards.co.uk from 1st February until 31st March. There will be stiff competition for the awards, which have now been extended to 19 categories including, Best Electronica Act, Promoter of the Year, three Venue Of The Year Awards and an Inspiration Award.
The full shortlist, based on the top four most popular artists in each of the 13 musical categories will be announced in early April before being reviewed by an Industry Panel who will decide the overall award winners.
Joanna and the Wolf
2008’s Award winners will then be unveiled at a glittering ceremony where some of the UK’s brightest new stars will be joined by top names from the industry. Last year’s ceremony saw Marcella Detroit, Glen Matlock, Andy Matthews, Neville Staple, Omar, Tom McRae and legendary rock producer Kevin Shirley turning up and organisers have already been inundated with enquiries for this year’s event. Details for the awards ceremony date and venue will be announced shortly.
With the live music industry in the UK now estimated to be worth £743m a year, the INDY Music Awards play a key role in identifying the top 0.5% of emerging independent talent in the UK. A survey carried out after last years nominations showed 45% of INDY Music Awards artists were approached by labels or professional management while 60% of respondents were offered higher profile gigs and festival slots including Glastonbury on the back of their association with the awards.
For more information on the INDY Music Awards 2008, log onto www.indyawards.co.uk