PPL PRS Employees Honoured At UK Music Graduate Awards
PPL PRS Ltd are delighted to announce that two employees of the Leicester-based company were shortlisted for the UK Music Outstanding MAP Graduate Contribution to Music Award 2019, with one of them taking home the award on the night.
Tanyel Gumushan and Niall O’Connor were both nominated for the award by their tutors at Birmingham City University and Leeds College of Music respectively.
The awards ceremony, held at the National Museum in Cardiff on Monday evening, aimed to celebrate the outstanding contribution of MAP graduates, and the value MAP institutions bring to music.
MAP is a collaboration between educational institutions and the membership of UK Music. Its focus is on linking the music industry and academia more effectively and to provide individuals who want to build careers out of their passion for music with extra opportunities.
Tanyel, who works as part of PPL PRS’s specialist live team won the award on the night. She leads the variety elements of licensing and plays a large part in licensing theatrical productions.
Outside the office she is a freelance music journalist (Clash, DIY, NME), having previously been the Music Editor for tmrw magazine where she ran the digital content as well as the bi-monthly print magazine. Additionally, Tanyel works with Universal Music to produce biographies and PR for their new signings.
On winning the award, Tanyel said: ‘It was a real honour to be nominated for the MAP OMG Awards with UK Music, with so many graduates achieving great things. I was absolutely thrilled to take home the award, and feel proud that the work I do, both in and out of the office, has been recognised.’
Niall O’Connor, who works in the firm’s New Business Team, also commented: ‘To be nominated for Outstanding MAP Graduate Contribution to Music Award 2019 was a massive honour and I will definitely take the merit and experience from that to further myself within the industry.’
Niall graduated with a First-Class degree in Music Business from Leeds College of Music. His passion lies in event management, innovation and the arts. Niall has also organised performances (both live and online) for undiscovered singer-songwriters around the UK.
Birmingham City University Degree Leader and Senior Lecturer in Music Industries Matt Grimes said: ‘I nominated Tanyel for the award following her work whilst on the music industries course here at the Birmingham School of Media, and more importantly her work outside the course. Tanyel threw herself in to the industry, writing for a number of publications such as NME, tmrw, Clash and DIY. It’s fair to say Tanyel was a model student, embracing academia as well as industry practice, achieving a first in both her dissertation and final project.’
Oliver Morris, Director of Education and Skills, UK Music commented: “The judges were really impressed with Tanyel’s proactive and dedicated approach to her study and development of her career outside of university. She is an exciting young professional with boundless energy who has had the talent and vision to pursue her multiple musical passions very successfully. The Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards (OMGs) seek to highlight the amazing talent coming into the industry as well as the fantastic work being done by UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership members such as the University’s School of Media. The support of lecturers such as Matt Grimes is key to helping make sure the Talent Pipeline – so vital to the success of the music industry – continues to grow in strength. Tanyel is a really exciting young talent and the amazing quality of nominees at the OMGs bodes well for the future of our exciting industry.’