Calling All Birmingham Musicians… Your City Needs You!
A search for Birmingham’s brightest and best musicians/music industry professionals is underway as the ‘Birmingham Music Awards’ hosts their first ceremony on May 2nd. The organisers of the BMAs are on a mission to bring together the best of the city’s contributors to music.
The project is backed by some very exciting music industry heavyweights. We spoke with Ambassadors Martin ‘Ace’ Kent from legendary rock band Skunk Anansie and Kieron Pepper (The Prodigy/Sleeper).
Ace said: “Birmingham played a crucial part in my music journey. As a boy with a dream, I would travel here to follow and learn from the rock and metal scene, then I came back time and again for 25 years to play in all the city’s iconic music venues with Skunk Anansie and to promote releases at Kerrang Radio. And now I am Head of Creative Industry Development at ACM Birmingham, I feel at home and am enjoying reliving my passion for the city. I am looking forward to giving back to aspiring musicians and discovering new talent as an ambassador for the Birmingham Music Awards. This is a very exciting new initiative for the city.”
Kieron said: “I’m buzzing to be asked to participate in BMA events and to be working closely with some of the new talent emerging in Birmingham. I’m looking forward to meeting new emerging artists, bands and producers from all genres and areas around this amazing music city. I learned a lot in my formative years living in Dudley, while studying at Wolverhampton Poly (now University) and closely following the Stourbridge scene, and watching those bands play around the country and beyond; from small local venues to headlining festivals.”
BMA Co-Founder Jo Jeffries said: “We are determined to conceive and grow one big Birmingham music family. We want to work together to deliver the recognition our city deserves, and more music success stories made in Birmingham.”
“There are so many reasons to be excited about being a musician in Birmingham right now; the whole creative landscape is changing, the urban scene is exploding, key music education providers such as BIMM and ACM have moved in.”
“We want to add to the momentum and recognise the achievements and talents of so many. We want to retain our talent in our city, so we are here to support our talent and shout about our talent.”
Co-Founder Dean Williams said: “We are looking forward to all the entries to our first ever awards. Our search for winners culminates in our inaugural ceremony at the Glee Club in Birmingham City Centre on the 2nd May 2018 and we fully intend for this to be the first of many.”
Birmingham Music Awards is calling for musicians and contributors to the Birmingham Music Scene to put their best work forward. Entries are open now via www.birminghamusicawards.com and deadline for submission is Friday 23rd February 2018.
Entrants can submit their work for several different categories including Best Song, Best Male, Best Female, Best Band, Best Live Venue, Best Urban Act, Best Newcomer, Best Radio Station, Best DJ. Submissions are welcome from anyone across the region who has passion for music and their city.
Judging will be carried out by a panel of music industry professionals, all with an impressive track record in the business. Shortlisted entries will be announced on Friday 30th March 2018.
Information about the awards, the award categories and how to enter can be found at www.birminghammusicawards.com