National trade organisation The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is the UK’s leading festival representational body.
Founded in 2008 by Rob Da Bank (Bestival) and his Manager Ben Turner (Graphite Media), the AIF operates as an autonomous division of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) with its own board and governance structure. The combined attendance of AIF’s member events exceeds 600,000, contributing over £200m to the UK economy annually.
AIF has over 60 member events, ranging from the 1,500-capacity Barn on the Farm to the 40,000- capacity Bestival and including the likes of Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Festival No.6, Kendal Calling and many more. Please visit www.aiforg.com for more information.
Believe – Independent Label of the Year
Believe empowers artists and labels to maximize the value of their music in the transitioning digital music space by providing them with a full suite of services: digital music and video distribution, digital marketing and promotion services, synchronization and neighboring rights management, full label services including international physical distribution and campaign management, as well as in-house record label Believe Recordings, and DIY distribution platform TuneCore. The company prides itself on providing personal tailor made services for each label and artist.
Championing innovation and transparency throughout its ten-year history, Believe has developed leading in-house technology as well as a range of analytical and promotional tools to help labels & artists leverage the benefits of digital.
DIY – Golden Welly Award (Best Independent Festival), voting partner
DIY is the leading dedicated music lifestyle title for a new millennial generation, with a focus on covering emerging artists for 18-34 year old fans who are passionate about music. DIY has a cross platform reach globally of 1.3m fans, including 500,000 international followers across social media. DIY will partner with over 20 UK and International festivals in 2017, reflecting the importance it attaches to festivals’ contribution to the careers of emerging artists.
FUGA – Innovator Award
Products include an easy-to-use asset management system, extensive real-time distribution tools and full circle financial reporting & analytics software. With FUGA at the heart of a music company’s operations it becomes easy and effective to manage, distribute, promote music assets and collect and analyse revenues.
FUGA is connected to hundreds of digital service providers worldwide ranging from download- and streaming stores to anti-piracy services, aggregators, video platforms and audio recognition services.
FUGA’s aggregation service allows our clients to make use of our contracts with DSPs in addition to any direct DSP deals they may already have; a unique offering in the industry. This additional service presents a flexible gateway to DSPs through FUGA’s deals, allowing 100% market coverage without the infrastructure & investment previously required to achieve this.
INgrooves – Best Independent Album of the Year
INgrooves Music Group is a global company that provides a range of distribution, technology, marketing and rights management services to meet the individual needs of labels, artists and content owners, and help them to maximize their growth in today’s dynamic music marketplace.
MCPS (Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society) – Special Catalogue Release of the Year
Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Limited (MCPS) is a UK collection society owned by the Music Publishers Association Limited (MPA). The MPA is a company limited by guarantee, with over 260 members. These include the world’s largest music publishers, independent pop publishers, classical publishers, production music publishers and printed music publishers. MCPS has over 20,000 writer members and over 6,000 publisher members and offers blanket licences, licensing schemes and individual licences on behalf of its members.
PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act
PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast (on TV and radio) across the UK.
Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. PPL also operates the leading international royalty collection service helping members to get paid when their music is played internationally.
Proper Music Distribution – Best Small Label
Proper Music Distribution has grown to become the largest totally independent distributor in the UK with annual sales of over £25million. Proper is renowned for having the knowledge, experience and personal service demanded of an independent distributor coupled with the reach and power of a major. Incorporating UK physical distribution, a worldwide digital service, a label services division and comprehensive international export networks, Proper delivers all music formats in the widest possible market.
Radio X – Best ‘Difficult’ 2nd Album
Radio X draws in 1.3 million listeners across the UK. Its presenters include Chris Moyles, Johnny Vaughan, Gordon Smart, Lliana Bird, Jo Good, Dan O’Connell and John Kennedy. Regulars on the Radio X playlist include Foo Fighters, Oasis, Blur, Arctic Monkeys, Richard Ashcroft, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes, The Stone Roses, Stereophonics, Nirvana, Kings of Leon, Muse, Kasabian, Catfish & The Bottlemen and The Smiths. Radio X is on 104.9 FM in London, 97.7 FM in Manchester and on digital radio right across the UK, on mobile via the Radio X app and online at radiox.co.uk.
Songkick – Best Live Act, voting partner
Songkick is the home for live music, connecting hundreds of the world’s greatest artists with millions of music fans around the globe. Songkick’s technologies improve the fan experience by ensuring tickets end up in the hands of fans through increased concert awareness and access to tickets, targeting more than 60 markets globally with notifications and ticket sales whenever a fan’s favorite artists are playing nearby, and its patented technology developed to identify bots and scalpers and prevent them from access. Songkick has offices in London, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. Learn more at www.songkick.com/partner, and download the app to track your favorite artists and never miss them live, on iOS and Android.
Spotify – Independent Track of the year
Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 30 million tracks. Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever they want it. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.
Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than $5bn paid to rights holders globally. Spotify is the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally, with over 140m active users and 50m paying subscribers.
The Orchard – Pioneer Award
The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business in 2017, is a pioneering music, film and video distribution company operating in more than 25 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners’ business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support.
Vevo – Independent Video of the Year
Vevo is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform with over 21 billion monthly views globally. Vevo delivers a personalised and expertly curated experience for audiences to explore and discover music videos, exclusive original programming and live performances from the artists they love on mobile, web and connected TV.
Youth Music – Charity Partner
Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people facing challenging circumstances. These challenges include disability, poverty, mental health issues, refugee status or being brought up in care.
Projects take place where they’re needed most, often in areas of great deprivation.
As well as helping young people develop musically, Youth Music projects also improve their personal and social skills, boosting educational and career prospects.
Youth Music believes everyone should have the chance to make music, and invests directly in around 350 projects across the country every year, giving around 75,000 disadvantaged children and young people the opportunity to make music regularly in their local community.
The projects support the development of practical, creative music-making skills of every possible style and technique, with activities including singing, songwriting, instrument learning, music production and performance.
Many participants go on to mentor other children, or to train as music leaders themselves.
Laura Mvula and Rizzle Kicks attended Youth Music projects prior to their rise to fame.
Currently, Youth Music can only support around a third of the applications for funding it receives, and that’s just scratching the surface of the nationwide need. Fundraising is essential for the charity to make a genuine difference and transform many more young lives. Youth Music’s flagship fundraising initiative Give a Gig invites artists, managers and promoters to support the charity’s work by donating some or all of the proceeds of live music events.
YouTube – Independent Breakthrough of the Year
Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.