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Nominations open for MPG Awards 2013

Daniel Gumble
Nominations open for MPG Awards 2013

Nominations for the 2013 Music Producers Guild Awards are now open, with the event set to take place on February 13th 2013, at the Café De Paris in London.

The nomination period will be open until October 5th 2012, and, as with previous years, the MPG Producer of the Year winner will receive a BRIT Award for Best Producer.

“Over the past four years the MPG Awards have shone a very bright spotlight on the vital role UK producers’ play in the success of the music industry,” said MPG Chairman Steve Levine. “This is exemplified by the achievements of the 12 individuals who have been shortlisted for the MPG’s Producer of the Year Award since 2009. Between them, these producers have been responsible for 100 Top 10 UK albums and 50 Top 10 UK singles, while the four winners have produced a total of 17 international artists and 32 UK artists.”

Levine added that since 2009, 76 different producers, engineers and remixers have been shortlisted for MPG awards and together they hold 80 GRAMMY Awards.

The 2013 Awards sees the introduction of a brand new gong in the form of the A&R Award, which will reward an executive who has been a true champion of the creative process across one or more projects over the past year. Nominations are welcome from all parts of the music industry, although it is anticipated that record label executives, publishing executives and artist/producer managers will feature heavily on this list.

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The Studio of the Year award will also see significant changes in 2013, and is now being supported by Pro Sound News Europe, which, along with Music Week and Audio Pro International, is a media partner for this year’s Awards. Following feedback from the recording industry, the entry criterion has changed so that studios are able to easily highlight their facilities and the work they have been doing. Submissions will follow a format that includes a 300-word summary about each studio, up to five pictures and a minimum of two testimonials.

Furthermore, studios will also be given the opportunity to add links to more pictures, press, showreels, etc  – and they can also submit their entire entry online via the MPG Awards website, meaning there is no need to spend time producing presentation or creating an EPK.

Voting for this award will be split 50/50 between MPG Full Members and the readership of PSN Europe, with voters basing their decision on the information provided by the studios.

The Music Producers Guild is encouraging all those who wish to be considered to get nominating online at www.mpgawards.com and put names forward. Nominating a recording professional simply involves filling in a short online form. As the nominations are open to all, everyone can be a part of this process. What’s more, there are no rules against nominating yourself and the Music Producers Guild is actively encouraging producers and engineers to do this.

The full list of awards categories is as follows:

UK Producer of the Year
International Producer of the Year
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Recording Engineer of the Year
International Recording Engineer of the Year
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Re-mixer of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single Song Release of the Year
Live Production of the Year
Studio of the Year
The A&R Award
The Unsung Hero Award
The Joe Meek Legacy Award
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music

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Tags: music producers guild, mpg awards, steve levine, grammy awards, music week, brits, PSNEurope, mpg awards 2013, producer of the year

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