ENTRY GUIDELINES

KEY DATES

  • Entries close: 6pm on February 6, 2023
    *Please note there is a different deadline for The Accountancy Firm of The Year category, which is 6pm on February 23, 2023
  • Shortlist announced: Late February 2023
  • Awards Ceremony: May 24, 2023

Entries are now closed for all categories with the exception of Accountancy Firm of the Year.

The entry process for the Music Week Awards 2023 is your opportunity to put forward your best work for the year and highlight the achievements of you and your company to the industry! This is your chance to shout about your business, and get deserving recognition and reward from your peers.


The Full Awards List

  • Accountancy Firm of the Year 
  • A&R Award 
  • Artist Marketing Campaign 
  • Catalogue Marketing Campaign 
  • Festival of the Year 
  • Grassroots Venue: Spirit of the Scene- public voted
  • Independent Publisher of the Year 
  • Independent Record Company 
  • International Marketing Team of the Year - NEW
  • Label/Artist Services 
  • Live Music Agency 
  • Live Music Promoter 
  • Manager of the Year 
  • Music & Brand Partnership 
  • Music Consumer Innovation 
  • PR Campaign 
  • Promotions Team 
  • Publisher of the Year
  • Radio Show 
  • Radio Station 
  • Record Company
  • Sales Team of the Year
  • Sync Team of the Year 
  • Ticketing Company
  • The Strat - judged by Music Week

 

ACCOUNTANCY FIRM OF THE YEAR
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any accountancy firm with clients in the B2B music industry, with staff based in the UK.

 

A&R AWARD 
Who is eligible for this award? 
This Award is for a record label or music publisher A&R team (defined as more than one person), rather than an A&R individual. It recognises creative and commercial achievement in the field of A&R over the period of 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022.

 

ARTIST MARKETING CAMPAIGN 
Who is eligible for this award?
This Award is for an Artist Marketing Campaign focused upon a new album, single or other significant activity that has been released during the period of 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022.


CATALOGUE MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Who is eligible for this award? 
This Award is for Catalogue Marketing Campaign focused upon the rejuvenation of previously existing work of one artist or compilation that has been re-released between 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022.

 

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
Who is eligible for this award?
Any UK festival that took place during 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022

 

GRASSROOTS VENUE: SPIRIT OF THE SCENE 
Who is eligible for this award? 
Any grassroots venue with a capacity of less than 500, located in the UK. For this category we are looking for nominations from others, as well as entries from venues themselves.

 

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
Who is eligible for this award? 
This award is open to any music publisher that is majority owned independently and has staff based in the UK. 

 

INDEPENDENT RECORD COMPANY
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any record company that is majority owned independently and has staff based in the UK. 


INTERNATIONAL MARKETING TEAM 
Who is eligible for this award? 
This Award is for an International Marketing Team focused on growing the profile of UK-based acts in international territories during the period of 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022.

 

LABEL/ARTIST SERVICES COMPANY 
Who is eligible for this award? 
This award is open to any label or artist services company that has staff based in the UK.

 

LIVE MUSIC AGENCY (COMPANY) 
Who is eligible for this award? 
Any UK based live music agency.

 

LIVE MUSIC PROMOTER  (COMPANY) 
Who is eligible for this award? 
Any live music company promoting UK gigs, tours and festivals.

 

MANAGER OF THE YEAR 
Who is eligible for this award? 
Any primarily UK based Manager.
*Please note if you are entering more than one individual, each person’s name must be included at the entry stage in order to be eligible for judging*

 

MUSIC & BRAND PARTNERSHIP
Who is eligible for this award? 
This award is open to any organisation that has been involved in the planning, development and execution of a commercial partnership between a non-music-focused brand and an artist(s) during the period 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022.

 

MUSIC CONSUMER INNOVATION 
Who is eligible for this award? 
This award is open to any nationwide music retailer or streaming company with staff based in the UK during the period 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022.


PR CAMPAIGN 
Who is eligible for this award? 
This Award is for a PR campaign for a single artist that has released a substantial body of work, or a music based event with an accompanying PR campaign between 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022.

 

PROMOTIONS TEAM OF THE YEAR 
Who is eligible for this award? 
This award is open to any UK-based promotions team.

 

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
Who is eligible for this award? 
This award is open to any music publisher with staff based in the UK.

 

RADIO SHOW 
Who is eligible for this award? 
This award is open to all UK based individual radio shows (including digital only) on local and national radio stations where music is a key part of the offering.

 

RADIO STATION 
Who is eligible for this award? 
This is open to all UK based radio stations (including digital only), local or national, where music is a key part of the offering.

 

RECORD COMPANY 
Who is eligible for this award? 
This award is open to any record company that is not majority owned independently and has staff based in the UK.

 

SALES TEAM 
Who is eligible for this award? 
This award is open to any UK-based sales team within a label or services company.
**Please note that lobbying the retail industry for votes on this category is discouraged and could lead to disqualification.** 

 

SYNC TEAM OF THE YEAR
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is for a predominantly UK based Sync team* that can demonstrate the most outstanding work across multiple sync placements during the eligibility time period.
*Eligible teams can be from across a record label, music publisher, agency or broadcaster music department and includes both major and independent companies.

 

TICKETING COMPANY
Who is eligible for this award? 
Any ticketing company that operates in the live music space and has staff based in the UK.

 

THE STRAT 
The Strat is bestowed upon a deserving winner by the Music Week team.
Previous winners include: 
2022: Barbara Charone,Co-founder, MBC PR
2021: Kanya King, MOBO’s founder
2019: Darcus Beese, President, Island Records US
2018: Max Lousada, CEO Recorded Music, Warner Music Group & Chairman & CEO, Warner Music UK 
2017: Sarah Stennett, CEO & Co-Founder, First Access Entertainment