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AIM Independent Music Awards

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The AIM Awards was created to recognise the real heroes of music; those who do things their own way, make phenomenal music, and inspire us all with their creativity, commitment and brilliance. The ceremony is held in London in November. Categories include Independent Entrepreneur of the Year, Best Small Label, and Hardest Working Band or Artist, amongst others. Visit the website for details on how to enter.

Lamb House
Church Street
Chiswick
London
W4 2PD

Amplify The Anthems

INFORMATION

An online platform for unsigned musicians and independent artists with regulated charts, online competitions and retail sales facilities.

B-Side Project

INFORMATION

Bands, artists and musicians are invited to upload songs. 50 original tracks are then shortlisted and paired with registered electronic music producers from around the world, to remix these tracks. The project provides education, promotion and valuable contacts. There will be opportunities to collaborate with artists internationally, and the top 10 tracks as chosen by judging panels are released.

Exposure Music Awards

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Music awards for up-and-coming artists in the UK. To take part check the above website for details of eligibility and registration information. Fans and music industry representatives vote for the bands nominated for the award categories.

Gbob Challenge

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Global live music competition for unmanufactured bands playing their own, original music. The GBOB Challenge has grown year on year, now taking place across 26 countries. The UK is not covered at present, but many other European countries are. Every year local qualifying heats and national finals take place in countries around the world, with the eventual winners of these going forward to the GBOB Challenge World Final in December.

The GIT Award

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Merseyside music prize The GIT Award champions the best in new music from the region. Dubbed the ‘Scouse Mercury Prize,’ The GIT Award, named after Liverpool music blog Getintothis, is open to anyone from unsigned musicians to established recording artists from Merseyside. Submissions are judge by a panel of music industry tastemakers.

INDIE50

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Created by WeGotTickets, INDIE50 is dedicated to celebrating the unsung heroes of the UK’s independent music scene, whether it be a promoter, manager, booker, sound engineer, journalist or even the door person at your local venue. Invite nominations from anyone who’s got an opinion on their local scene.

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Live Music Business Awards

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Held annually each October, the awards recognise excellence and talent among promoters, venue operators, festival organisers and agents, through to artiste managers, brand impact, record label partnerships and others involved in the business of live music.

Music & Sound Awards

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Awards ceremony focusing entirely on music and sound design in the media. The awards have been launched to recognise and celebrate outstanding music and sound design used to enhance visual media. Encourage entries from advertising agencies, production companies, film makers, programme makers, designers and developers as much as from composers, sound designers and music supervisors.

Kemp House
152-160 City Road
London
London
EC1V 2NX

The NMG Awards

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The NMG Awards (New Music Generator Awards) were founded in 2012 and take place in October. Open to artists from East Anglia who have been featured on the New Music Generator radio programme within the last 12 months. Categories recognise the achievements or potential of upcoming artists in the area. Categories are genre specific (eg. Best Male, Female, Duo, Rock, Indie, Under 18 Band etc) and most are judged by a panel of local music industry experts, bloggers, radio presenters, promoters. There is also one audience vote category. Cut-off date for artists to be considered is 31st July, judging takes place in August and September. Winners receive a trophy and artist development prizes (e.g. recording time, festival slots, management consultation etc and so on).

Open Mic UK

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National music competition for singers and solo artists based in the UK. The competition travels across the country every year in the search for the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocalists. Open to all genres and acts can perform either covers or original material. Register for entry via the above website.

Red Bull Music Academy

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The Red Bull Music Academy is a platform for those who shape our musical future, a music workshop that has been traveling the world since 1998. The Academy’s runs 2 fortnight-long ‘terms’ in a different city each year. Bring together musical pioneers alongside new talent of tomorrow. 60 students are typically selected to participate in the Academy.

Scottish Album Of The Year (SAY) Award

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The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award is an ambitious prize established to reward and promote the diversity and creativity of music and art in Scotland. Developed by the Scottish Music Industry Association, in partnership with Creative Scotland, the award recognises the most outstanding albums released by Scottish artists. The SAY Award places its focus on artistic merit rather than sales history, genre or label affiliation, offering £20,000 to the winning album and £1,000 to each of the 9 runners-up.

UK Music Video Awards

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The UK Music Video Awards are designed to recognise excellence in music video production by UK individuals and companies, and to highlight the cultural significance of music video as an art form. The awards themselves range from genre-led video categories, to prizes for individuals in the technical and craft areas of the business, to recognition for innovative approaches to music videos, ads and other visuals.

The Unsigned Music Awards

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The first ever televised music industry awards show dedicated exclusively to unsigned artists. Held in London, The Unsigned Music Awards are designed to champion the hard work and achievements of some of the most outstanding musical talent that’s yet to be discovered, or have chosen to remain proudly independent. The selection of carefully crafted award categories recognise and reward the accomplishments of an entirely new collection of elite artists, from an entirely new perspective. To nominate yourself, or for more information visit the website above.

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