Believe – Independent Label of the Year

Believe offers smart distribution and marketing services for artists & labels worldwide. The company has over 400 employees globally with 32 offices around the world.

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.

FUGA – Innovator Award

FUGA builds technology and provides services for content owners, record labels and distributors, enabling them to optimize their business processes and successfully execute their digital strategy.

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.

PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act

Founded in 1934, PPL is the UK music industry’s collective management organisation (CMO) for tens of thousands of performers and record companies.  We license recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to our members. These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.  PPL’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PPL’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

PPL has a market-leading international collections business, with 90 agreements in place, helping members to maximise their revenue when their repertoire is played overseas.  We collected £218.8 million in the UK and internationally in 2017 and paid over 98,000 performers and record companies.

Merlin – Outstanding Contribution to Music

Merlin is the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector.

The organisation’s members command in excess of 12% of the digital recorded music market and embody more than 20,000 independent record labels and distributors from 53 countries and all continents, representing some of the world’s most important and successful artists.

Merlin acts to ensure these companies have effective access to new and emerging revenue streams and that their rights are appropriately valued and protected.

Since commencing operations in May 2008, Merlin has licensed key digital services and has reached a number of high value copyright infringement settlements on behalf of its members.

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.

YouTube – UK 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.

MCPS (Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society) – Best Creative Packaging

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.

INgrooves – 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.

Music Week – Media Partner

Music Week is a weekly trade magazine, recently freshly redesigned, retooled to 2018 specifications and beyond for anyone who needs to understand and get inside the business of music. We bring exclusive access to the world’s most game-changing executives and artists, plus a wealth of news, analysis, thought leadership, new music coverage and chart information to help leading industry executives get through another week in the music business. Every Monday, Music Week exclusively brings over 30 charts, from the Official Singles and Albums listings to charts for airplay, streaming, independent releases and much more. Plus, the exclusive charts analysis and the weekly and year-to-date Official Charts Company market shares are only in Music Week – making Music Week the only place to measure success and to check out the competition.

For more information, please contact: Rachael Hampton, Senior Marketing Executive, 0203 829 2610, rachael.hampton@futurenet.com, www.musicweek.com

Deezer – International Breakthrough Of The Year

Deezer connects 14 million monthly active users around the world to 53 million tracks. Available in over 180 countries worldwide, Deezer gives instant access to one of the largest and most diverse global music streaming catalogues on any device. At Deezer, artists are at the core of what we do; from having the best localised content in each market to working closely with artists and their teams to promote their music to the right audience and build fanbases.

PIAS – Indie Champion

Founded in 1982 by Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot, [PIAS] champions and supports some of the best independent music in the world across an unrivalled international network. Headquartered in Bermondsey, London, [PIAS] has 16 label offices and sales & distribution operations around the globe including Harmonia Mundi in France and Inertia in Australia. As well as its own roster of artists and in-house labels including Play It Again Sam and Different, [PIAS] partners with a family of independent labels such as ATO, Bella Union, Heavenly, Mute, Transgressive and Wichita under the Cooperative label group umbrella. In addition, [PIAS]’ award winning Sales & Distribution division has long standing relationships with some of the world’s finest and most iconic independent labels including the Beggars Group, Domino, Ninja Tune, Secretly Canadian and Warp.

Spotify – Independent Track of the Year

Spotify transformed music listening forever when it launched in Sweden in 2008. Discover, manage and share over 35m songs for free, or upgrade to Spotify Premium to access exclusive features including offline mode, improved sound quality, Spotify Connect and ad-free listening.

Today, Spotify is the world’s most popular music streaming service with a community of 180m users, including 83m subscribers, across 65 markets. Spotify is the largest driver of revenue to the music business today.


Awesome – Best Small Label
We make custom merch for all kinds of people, produce everything in-house and ship all over the world. More than that, we want to inspire creativity and facilitate awesomeness by any means necessary.
We think you’re Awesome. What you do, what you create –if you’re proud enough to put it on a t-shirt, we’ll print it and shout about what makes it so awesome.
It could be flyers for florists, badges for bands or zines about jeans – you bring it, we make it. Awesome.

Young Urban Arts Foundation – Official Charity Partner

The Young Urban Arts Foundation is grass-roots charity providing support for young adults and children who are from deprived, underprivileged backgrounds. Since 2009, they have been providing support for young people to help them gain their full potential by engaging them with music and the arts.YUAF engage with young people with inspiring music and arts workshops, helping them learn new skills, build confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. Many go on to experience new opportunities such as further training, employment, career in creative arts as well as overcoming any personal or mental health issues.

Distiller – After Party Partner

London based Distiller Record’s core vision is to create an artist friendly and collaborative environment where new talent can be nurtured and developed. Fiercely independent and proud to support their artists, their roster is jam- packed full of powerful, exciting acts: Anteros, Bloody Knees, Cassia, Danny Goffey, The Ninth Wave and The Ramona Flowers. Watch out, as 2018 sees a new start for Distiller Records and a storm for the music industry.