Entries for the 2019 Awards are now closed (with the exception of Accountancy Firm of the Year)
The award categories for the Music Week Awards 2019 are as follows: 
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This Award is for an 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 2018 to 31st December 2018.
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:

•    Number of staff employed within the team (split executive and support staff) (max length 50 words)
•    A brief overview of the business / team strategy and goals (max length 200 words)
•    *Details of performance across three artists within the timeframe for entries, with reference to evidence of the strategy and goals as detailed above* (max length 150 words per artist)
•    Your entry should include clear evidence of artists signing and development leading to commercial and creative success.
(max length 300 words)
This can include:
•    Sales figures
•    Critical acclaim 
•    Testimonials
 
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This Award is for Artist Marketing Campaign focused upon a new album, single or other significant activity that has been released during the period of 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018.
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    Details of the marketing campaign brief and objectives (max length 200 words)
•    Rationale behind the campaign, including research and planning and audience (max length 200 words)
•    Strategy and tactics, including evidence of creativity and innovation across multiple platforms (max length 200 words)
•    Implementation of tactics; outline different stages of the campaign (max length 200 words)
•    *Measurement and evaluation of the above* (max length 200 words)
•    *Budget and cost effectiveness (budget will be selected from a series of budget tiers)*
•    £500,000+
•    £250,000 - £499,999
•    £100,000 - £249,999
•    £50,000 - £99,999
•    £10,000 - £49,999 
•    £9,999 - £0
 
**Judging Process: This Award will have a judging day, so please make sure that someone in your team will be able to attend to present your entry to the judges in person.**
 
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 2018 and 31st December 2018.
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    Details of the marketing campaign brief and objectives (max length 200 words)
•    Rationale behind the campaign, including research and planning and audience (max length 200 words)
•    Strategy and tactics, including evidence of creativity and innovation across multiple platforms (max length 200 words)
•    Implementation of tactics; outline different stages of the campaign (max length 200 words)
•    *Measurement and evaluation of the above* (max length 200 words)
•    *Budget and cost effectiveness (budget will be selected from a series of budget tiers)*
•    £250,000+
•    £100,000 - £249,999
•    £50,000 - £99,999
•    £25,000 - £49,999
•    £0 - £24,999
 
**Judging Process: This Award will have a judging day, so please make sure that someone in your team will be able to attend to present your entry to the judges in person.**
 
 
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 with an accompanying PR campaign between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018.
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    Details of the PR campaign brief and objectives (max length 200 words)
•    Rationale behind the campaign, including research and planning and audience (max length 200 words)
•    Strategy and tactics, including evidence of creativity and innovation across multiple platforms (max length 200 words)
•    Implementation of tactics; outline different stages of the campaign (max length 200 words)
•    *Measurement and evaluation of the above including overall reach (in numbers and engagement)* (max length 200 words)
•    *Budget and cost effectiveness (budget will be selected from a series of budget tiers)*
•    £250,000+
•    £100,000 - £249,999
•    £50,000 - £99,999
•    £25,000 - £49,999
•    £10,000 - £24,999 
•    £9,999 - £0
 
**Judging Process: This Award will have a judging day, so please make sure that someone in your team will be able to attend to present your entry to the judges in person.**
 
 
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 partnership between a brand and an artist during the period 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018.
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    Details of the partnership brief and objectives (max length 200 words)
•    Rationale behind the campaign, including research and planning and audience (max length 200 words)
•    Strategy and tactics, including evidence of creativity and innovation across the partnership (max length 200 words)
•    Implementation of tactics; outline different stages of the partnership (max length 200 words)
•    *Measurement and evaluation of the above* (max length 200 words)
•    *Budget and cost effectiveness (budget will be selected from a series of budget tiers)*
•    £500,000+
•    £250,000 - £499,999
•    £100,000 - £249,999
•    £50,000 - £99,999
•    £10,000 - £49,999 
•    £9,999 - £0
•    Please list all parties that were involved in the partnership and their roles/functions (please note that we will only credit people and organisations listed in this part of the entry, so please make sure you are comprehensive)
 
**Judging Process: This Award will have a judging day, so please make sure that someone in your team will be able to attend to present your entry to the judges in person.**
 
 
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. 
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    The number of staff in the company, including executive/support staff and remote working staff (max length 50 words)
•    A brief overview of the objectives and strategy of the company from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 200 words)
•    Evidence of the creative implementation of tactics to achieve objectives, and measurement and evaluation of the latter (max length 200 words)
•    *Financial success: Provide evidence of specific sales achievements during 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 for up to 3 releases for different artists (single or album). This can include physical, streaming and online downloads in addition to revenue generated from artist partnerships or endorsements.* (max length 200 words)
•    Creative success: Provide evidence of a clear range of signed artists and details of any expansion of the artist roster in the past 12 months. (max length 200 words)
 
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. 
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    The number of staff in the company, including executive/support staff and remote working staff (max length 50 words)
•    A brief overview of the objectives and strategy of the company from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 200 words)
•    Evidence of the creative implementation of tactics to achieve objectives, and measurement and evaluation of the latter (max length 200 words)
•    *Financial success: Provide evidence of specific sales achievements during 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 for up to 3 releases for different artists (single or album). This can include physical, streaming and online downloads in addition to revenue generated from artist partnerships or endorsements.* (max length 200 words)
•    Creative success: Provide evidence of a clear range of signed artists and details of any expansion of the artist roster throughout 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018. (max length 200 words)
 
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any independently owned music retailer in the UK (physical, online or multichannel) that exclusively sells music, accessories, merchandise and hardware, with no other products or services for sale. 
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    Overview of the business, including details of objectives and strategy for 2018 (max length 200 words)
•    Number of staff employed in the business (max length 50 words)
•    *Details of specific release campaigns in store and/or online and their quantifiable success* (max length 200 words)
•    Evidence of community outreach and importance/impact on local music scene and fans (max length 200 words)
•    Innovation in customer service -  provide evidence of customer support, customer-first reward strategies and the encouragement of repeat business (max length 200 words)
 
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any nationwide music retailer or streaming company with staff based in the UK. 
 
Entry submissions must include the following criteria:
•    An overview of a specific project/campaign/technology that has changed the way that consumers experience music (must be available to consumers in the UK) (max length 200 words)
•    Please include evidence of why the project/campaign/technology is different and innovative (max length 200 words)
•    *An explanation of KPI's of the success of the project/campaign/technology and evidence of the measurement of said success* 
(max length 200 words)
•    How did consumers respond? i.e. evidence of increased sales, wider range of music consumed, customer testimonials etc. 
(max length 200 words)
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any publisher with staff based in the UK. 
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    The number of staff in the company, including executive/support staff and remote working staff (max length 100 words)
•    A brief overview of the objectives and strategy of the company during 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 300 words)
•    Evidence of the creative implementation of tactics to achieve objectives, and measurement and evaluation of the latter (max length 300 words)
•    *Clear evidence of the creative and commercial impact of promotion of the company’s song catalogue across a variety of market sectors (recorded music, sync, live, etc.) – including both singles and albums and involving multiple writers from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018* (max length 300 words)
 
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any label or artist services company that has staff based in the UK. 
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    The number of staff in the company, including executive/support staff and remote working staff (max length 100 words)
•    A brief overview of the objectives and strategy of the company from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 300 words)
•    Evidence of the creative implementation of tactics to achieve objectives, and measurement and evaluation of the latter (max length 300 words)
•    *Financial & creative success: Provide evidence of specific commercial & creative achievements throughout 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 for up to 3 campaigns for different artists and/or labels (single or album)* (max length 300 words)
•    *Please include 1-3 testimonials regarding those campaigns as to performance/customer service/success/innovation/commercial impact* (max length 500 words)
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any law firm with clients in the B2B music industry, with staff based in the UK. 
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    The number of staff in the company, including executive/support staff and remote working staff (max length 100 words)
•    A brief overview of the objectives and strategy of the company from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 300 words)
•    Evidence of the implementation of tactics to achieve objectives, and measurement and evaluation of the latter (max length 300 words)
•    Evidence of the positive and valuable contribution of legal services to the B2B music industry (anecdotal or redacted details will be accepted) (max length 300 words)
•    *Endorsements from clients pertaining to the quality of the legal support they have received*  (max length 500 words)
*Please note that the judging panel for Law Firm of the Year will be required to sign non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the content of the entries ahead of judging this category.
 
 
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. 
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    The number of staff in the company, including executive/support staff and remote working staff (max 100 words)
•    A brief overview of the strategy and objectives of the company from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 300 words)
•    Evidence of the implementation of tactics to achieve objectives (max length 300 words)
•    Evidence of the range of services provided to the B2B music industry, specifically showcasing the positive and valuable contribution of (at least) one of these services (max length 300 words)
•    Endorsements from clients pertaining to the quality of support and service received. Endorsements can be uploaded to your entry form, emailed to us directly, or we can approach the client, on your behalf, should we have written consent to do so (max length 500 words)

*Please note: the judging panel for Accountancy Firm of the Year will be required to sign non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the content of the entries ahead of judging this category.
 
 
Who is eligible for this award?
Any UK based live music agent 
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    Detail regarding artists represented and the live dates they have booked from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 500 words)
•    Evidence of the impact of the agent on the career development and/or commercial and creative success of the artist or artists they represent (max length 500 words)
•    *Up to 5 endorsements from key contacts across the live business e.g. venues, promoters and managers* (max length 500 words)
 
Who is eligible for this award?
Any live music company promoting UK gigs, tours and festivals.
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    The number of staff in the company, including executive/support staff and remote working staff (max length 100 words)
•    A brief overview of the objectives and strategy of the company from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 300 words)
•    *Details of up to 3 events that must have happened in the time period specified for eligibility, (max length 600 words)
including:
       Event popularity – ticket sales 
       Event profile – details and examples of coverage received and reach of that coverage (please include evidence of coverage over                   multiple platforms)
       Profitability of event – revenue and GP*
 
Who is eligible for this award?
Any ticketing company that operates in the live music space and has staff based in the UK.  
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    The number of staff in the company, including executive/support staff and remote working staff (max length 50 words)
•    A brief overview of the objectives and strategy of the company from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018, focusing in particular on the user experience (max length 150 words)
•    Evidence of the implementation of tactics to achieve objectives, and measurement and evaluation of the latter (max length 150 words)
•    *Financial success: provide evidence of sales achievements over the past year. This can include ticket sales figures, revenue growth, or expansion of the business in terms of staff, assets or technology* (max length 150 words)
•    Event range: please supply details of the range of UK events you have supported in the eligibility time period, with testimonials from clients about the service you provided (max length 150 words)
•    Innovation in customer service: provide evidence of customer support, customer-first reward strategies and the encouragement of repeat business (max length 150 words)
 
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.
 
Nominations must address the following criteria:
•    Which venue are you nominating? 
•    Where is this venue?
•    What inspires you about the venue that you are nominating? (max length 200 words)
•    How has this venue contributed to the music industry in the last year? (1st January 2018 - 31st December 2018) (max length 200 words)
•    Innovation - please describe any innovative activity or events that this venue has undertaken in the last year (max length 200 words)
•    Community contribution: how has this venue contributed to its local community over the course of the last year? 
(max length 200 words)
 
 
Who is eligible for this award?
Any primarily UK based artist manager  
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    An overview of artist or artists managed during the eligibility time period (max length 200 words)
•    A brief overview of the strategy and objectives for the career of one particular client in the time period 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 200 words)
•    Evidence of the successful implementation of the strategy and objectives for that particular client during the eligibility time period (max length 200 words)
•    *Evidence of commercial success across multiple industry sectors (recorded music, publishing, live etc.)* (max length 200 words)
•    *Up to 3 testimonials from clients and partners* (max length 500 words)
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to all UK based individual radio shows on local and national radio stations where music is a key part of the offering.
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    The number of staff working on the radio show, including executive/support staff and remote working staff (max length 50 words)
•    A brief overview of the objectives and strategy of the show from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018, focusing in particular on the quality of the output (max length 240 words)
•    Evidence of the implementation of tactics to achieve objectives, and measurement and evaluation of the latter (max length 240 words)
•    Details of involvement in breaking new artists during the eligibility time period (max length 240 words)
•    Demonstration of the contribution of the show to the work of the UK music industry (max length 240 words)
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This is open to all UK based radio stations, local or national, where music is a key part of the offering.
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    The number of staff working on the radio station, including executive/support staff and remote working staff (max length 50 words)
•    A brief overview of the objectives and strategy of the station from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018, focusing in particular on (max length 240 words):
•    The quality of the output
•    The role of the station as a platform for the promotion of the UK music industry
•    Target number of listeners/engagement
•    Evidence of the implementation of tactics to achieve objectives, and measurement and evaluation of the latter
•    Details of involvement in breaking new artists during the eligibility time period (max length 240 words)
•    Demonstration of the contribution of the station to the work of the UK music industry (max length 240 words)
 
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any UK-based sales team within a label or services company. 
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    Number of staff employed within the team (split executive and support staff) (max length 50 words)
•    A brief overview of the business / team strategy and goals from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 200 words)
•    *Figures and associated budgets/targets that illustrate strong sales performance across the team* (max length 200 words)
•    A summary of outstanding achievements relating to the fulfilment of the strategy and goals (max length 200 words)
•    Evidence of outstanding customer care, strong trade relations and demonstration of excellent product knowledge 
(max length 200 words)
•    *Please include one testimonial regarding the work of the team from a client or partner* (max length 200 words)
 
**Please note that lobbying the retail industry for votes on this category is discouraged and could lead to disqualification.**
 
Who is eligible for this award?
This award is open to any UK-based promotions team
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    Number of staff employed within the team (split executive and support staff) (max length 50 words)
•    A brief overview of the business / team strategy and goals from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 (max length 200 words)
•    Strategy and tactics, focusing on evidence of creativity and innovation in coverage (max length 200 words)
•    Implementation of tactics (max length 150 words)
•    Measurement and evaluation; including evidence of significant and quality coverage across different forms of media
 (max length 200 words)
•    Evidence of breaking an artist in a new demographic (max length 200 words)
 
 
Who is eligible for this award?
Any UK festival that took place during 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018
 
Entry submissions must address the following criteria:
•    Number of staff employed by the festival (split executive and support staff) (max length 100 words)
•    A brief overview of the strategy and objectives of the festival (max length 300 words), focusing on:
•    Festival line up
•    Festival content
•    Artist, festival goer and music industry experience 
•    Evidence of the successful implementation of the above (max length 300 words)
•    Measurement and evaluation; including evidence of significant enhancement of the careers of featured artists (max length 300 words)
•    *Up to 3 testimonials from partners, artists or music industry executives as to the contribution of the festival to the music industry* 
(max length 500 words)
 
The Strat is bestowed upon a deserving winner by the Music Week team. 
 
Previous winners include:

2018: Max Lousada, CEO Recorded Music, Warner Music Group & Chairman & CEO, Warner Music UK
2017: Sarah Stennett, CEO & Co-Founder, First Access Entertainment
2016: Max Hole, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group
2015: Neil Warnock, Founder, The Agency Group
2014: Rob Stringer, Chairman & CEO, Columbia Records, Sony Music
2013: Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee, Founders, Modest! Management 
2012: Richard Russell, Owner, XL Recordings 
2011: Fran Nevrkla, Chairman, PPL
2010: Lucian Grange, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group
2009: Robert Partridge
2008: Tony Wadsworth, Chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK & Ireland
2007: Jazz Summers
2006: Daniel Miller, Founder, Mute Records
Entry deadline: 16 January 2019