NEWS: Next wave of Judges revealed for Liverpool Music Awards

LIPA’s Mark Featherstone-Witty, the Phil’s Simon Glinn and Dr Mike Jones of the University of Liverpool, are the latest names to join the judging panel for the inaugural Liverpool Music Awards 2012. The awards takes place in Liverpool this November and promise to celebrate in style the incredible musical talent and entrepreneurial achievements of our city’s diverse music industry. 

“Mark, Mike and Simon are all here in our city, have been for a long time, and are active in our local music scene in hugely important ways. It’s invaluable to have their involvement – not just as judges – but as sounding boards to ensure that the Liverpool Music Awards are run in the most appropriate way, and retain their integrity” says Ellie.

The respected panel also includes Liverpool Echo music writer Jade Wright, BBC Radio Merseyside’s Dave Monks, Craig G Pennington, editor and publisher of music magazine Bido Lito! More names to be announced in coming weeks.

“I am so pleased to have the top representatives from some of the most respected musical institutions in our city on the judging panel for the Liverpool Music Awards – it’s the biggest endorsement anyone could wish for” adds Ellie.

Dr Mike Jones is programme director for the MA in music industry studies at the University of Liverpool. His first book, The Music Industries: from conception to consumption was published this week. “It’s remarkable that it’s taken almost 50 years since Mersey Beat used to publish its Readers’ Poll for Liverpool to start showing the rest of the world who makes music here and why they’re so good. I’m glad also that the awards consider the people behind the scenes, behind the music. This will be a great event and one that deserves to be up there with the Mercury and the Brit Awards.”

Liverpool-born Mark Featherstone-Witty was one of the founders of LIPA, and also the London School of Performing Arts & Technology (more commonly known as the BRIT school). “Everyone talks about performers, few about those who make performance possible. These awards recognise all the key players … beyond those with an instrument” says Mark.

Simon Glinn is Executive Director, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall & Events. He is also the Vice Chair of Liverpool Irish Festival, on the board of Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, the British Association of Concert Halls and of Music Beyond Mainstream. Simon’s contribution to Liverpool events has seen him produce the Irish Sea Sessions and Hope Street Feast.

On the Liverpool Music Awards, Simon says: “Liverpool is the musical heartbeat of these islands, of north-west Europe, of the western Palearctic … one of the most important places for music in the world. We inherently know this, and yet we are only just starting to grab hold of the fact, to develop it, and realise just how much we have given the world, to get it in context with the handful of other great musical cities who are our peers, and to understand just how much more we have to give. Some of that is about our past and our heritage, including having Britain’s oldest symphony orchestra, the vast legacy of sea songs, and of course Merseybeat; a huge part of that is about hard work now, and in the future, in developing music, musicians, music business and music in transforming society. But it must also be about recognising, praising and celebrating our present achievements, in all areas of music. And that’s why launching these awards is the right idea, at the right time, in the right place. We have an extraordinarily – perhaps the most extraordinarily- musical city. I’m delighted to be asked to be part of reflecting on how we recognise our current excellence, and in so doing look at how we maintain and develop the incredible lead that Liverpool has given the world in so many areas of music and its associated businesses.”

The Fifteen Award Categories include; Live Music Venue of the Year, Live Music Night of the Year, Artist Manager/Management Team of the year, Producer/Production Team of the Year, Recording Studio of the Year, Record Label of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Band of the Year, DJ of the Year, One To Watch, Local Music Champion and Outstanding Contribution to Music.

There’s still time to nominate your favourite local artists and industry people. Entries and nominations close on Friday August 17 2012.

For further details on the Liverpool Music Awards and how to nominate go to www.liverpoolmusicawards.com

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