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New Order managers to receive top prize at A&MAs

Prime Management’s Rebecca Boulton and Andy Robinson, the longtime managers of New Order, will be presented with the coveted managers’ manager award at the 2019 Artist & Manager Awards (A&MAs) this November.

The award, sponsored by SJM Concerts, is given to an individual or company who has gained the respect of their peers over a sustained career. Previous recipients of the prize, formerly known as the Peter Grant award, are Modest! Management (2018), Jonathan Kessler (2017), Peter Rudge (2016), Jim Beach (2015), Paul Loasby (2014), Terry Blamey (2012) and John Glover (2011).

With Prime, Boulton and Robinson have represented the electronic music pioneers since 1999, following the premature death of original manager Rob Gretton. In 2015, following a decade-long absence, New Order released an album of new material, Music Complete on Mute Records, and the band continue to headline festivals and shows worldwide, notably releasing live album ∑(NO,12K,LG,17MIF), captured during the 2017 Manchester International Festival, last month.

“For protecting and nurturing a legacy, while enabling the creators of that legacy to thrive, Rebecca and Andy are deserving recipients of the MMF’s ultimate honour,” say awards organisers Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC).

In a joint statement, the Prime pair say: “In 1999, after the untimely death of Joy Division and New Order’s mercurial manager, Rob Gretton, the opportunity arose to manage two of the greatest bands ever. Fortunately they let us do it, and 20 years later we’re still here.

“What Rebecca and Andy have achieved is almost without precedent”

“Despite some ups and downs, we’ve had great success working with their new material and two of the most influential and credible catalogues from any UK artists.”

Under the A&MAs’ previous incarnation, the British Music Roll of Honour, the award was received by Simon Fuller (2008), Bill Curbishley (2007), Paul McGuiness (2006), David Enthoven and Tim Clark (2004), Jazz Summers (2003), Ian McAndrew and Colin Lester (2002), Chris Morrison (2001), Tony Smith (2000), Rod Smallwood (1999), Ed Bicknell (1998), Gail Colson (1997) and Geoff Travis and Jeanette Lee (1996).

Annabella Coldrick, chief executive of the MMF, says: “What Rebecca and Andy have achieved is, I think, almost without precedent. Having assumed management of one of the UK’s greatest and most independent acts, they have successfully navigated New Order through tragedy and pitfalls – keeping a heavyweight legacy intact, while ensuring the band’s creative relevance endures for a new generation of fans.

“They are a complete inspiration, and I am delighted both have accepted this recognition from the music management community.”

Celebrating achievements in the UK’s artist and management community, 2019’s A&MAs takes place at the Bloomsbury Big Top in London on Thursday 14 November.

As previously announced, Nile Rodgers will receive the artists’ artist award. Other winners will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Artist & Manager Awards 2018 to recognise Kili and DHP

Kilimanjaro Live and DHP Family will be jointly recognised for their stand against large-scale ticket touting at this year’s Artist & Manager Awards.

The promoters – which, along with AEG Presents, jointly promoted Ed Sheeran’s recent UK stadium shows, for which unauthorised ticket resale was prohibited and thousands of touted tickets were invalidated – will receive the FanFair Alliance Award for Outstanding Contribution to Live Music at this year’s awards, which take place on 14 November at the new venue of Bloomsbury Big Top.

Newly created by anti-touting group FanFair Alliance in partnership with Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), the award acknowledges “the high profile anti-touting initiatives of both Kilimanjaro and DHP Family, and their commitment to fairer ticketing for UK audiences”, say organisers.

Annabella Coldrick, chief executive of MMF, which organises the awards with FAC, comments: “Given the unbelievable successes of the FanFair campaign to overhaul secondary ticketing, it feels entirely fitting that we should celebrate the companies and individuals who have delivered a positive change for artists and audiences. Kilimanjaro and DHP Family have both led the way to help eradicate large-scale ticket touting. They are worthy winners.”

“Kilimanjaro and DHP Family have both led the way to help eradicate large-scale ticket touting. They are worthy winners”

Adds Dan Ealam, director of live at DHP Family: “We are all so proud at DHP Family to accept this award alongside everyone at Kilimanjaro. Seeing in person the real distress and negative impact that unethical secondary sites cause to the lives of music fans, and also our industry as a whole, it was a no-brainer to do all we could to support our artists in getting their tickets into the hands of their fans.

“While mass-scale online ticket touting still exists, we’ll continue to do all we can to support the fight and we thank the MMF and FAC, not only for this award, but also for their vital support in this process.”

Other A&MAs 2018 honourees include Elbow’s Guy Garvey, who will take home the Artist’s Artist award, and Small Green Shoots, the awards’ charity partner.

Further winners will be announced in the coming weeks.


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A&MAs: One Love Manchester team named ‘industry champions’

Ariana Grande, her manager, Scooter Braun, Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn and SJM Concerts’ Simon Moran were tonight honoured as ‘industry champions’ at the sixth Artist & Manager Awards, recognising their efforts in producing the One Love Manchester concert on 4 June 2017, which raised more than £17m for victims of the Manchester Arena bombing and their families.

The Artist & Manager Awards, organised by the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), celebrate innovation and achievement in the artist management sector. The 2017 ceremony took place this evening (14 November) at south London venue Printworks.

The industry champion award was presented by FAC’s Imogen Heap, who performed with Grande at One Love Manchester, and was accompanied by video messages from Braun and Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester.

“Although this is incredible, I want us to remember that the city of Manchester and all those families are the real heroes,” said Braun. “Sixty thousand people of Manchester came forward and filled that stadium. It was the greatest act of defiance in the face of evil that I’ve ever witnessed, and I will never ever forget it.

“On behalf of myself, Ariana and the rest of the team, I want to say to the city of Manchester, ‘thank you’ – this is your award tonight, and you have taught us all a valuable lesson. Evil will never win.”

Annabella Coldrick, chief executive of the MMF, added: “The terrorist attack at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena show was one of the year’s darkest moments, targeting young music fans and their families. It left 22 dead and more than 250 injured. To organise a concert in their memory, and to turn it into a joyous celebration of youth and music, was an incredible achievement.

“I want to say to the city of Manchester: ‘thank you’. This is your award tonight”

“The MMF and FAC are humbled to honour the team behind One Love Manchester, and would like to dedicate this award to all those still impacted by the events of 22 May.”

Other winners at the A&MAs, which was sponsored by Spotify, included Depeche Mode’s longtime manager, Jonathan Kessler, who picked up the Peter Grant award for lifetime achievement, and Tracey Thorn, who was crowned artists’ artist.

The award for manager of the year was presented to Tap Management’s Ben Mawson and Ed Millett by Lana Del Rey, while Rag’n’Bone Man was declared artist of the year, recognising his decade-long journey to success.

Giggs and his management team, Michael ‘Buck’ Maris and Trenton Harrison-Lewis, received the pioneer award from Island Records president Darcus Beese OBE, while Eleven Management’s Niamh Byrne and Regine Moylett received the entrepreneur award for their work on Gorillaz’s album campaign for Humanz. Echo Beach Management’s Jill Hollywood picked up the award for writer/producer manager.

A special tribute was also paid to former MMF president Jon Webster, who stepped down earlier this year to write a book about his experiences at Virgin Records in the 1980s. Performances on the night came from Dermot Kennedy, one of TAP Management’s priority artists, and ATC Managements’ the Boxer Rebellion.

A full list of winners is available from the A&MAs website.


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Tap to take home top gong at Artist & Manager Awards

Lana Del Rey managers Tap Management will be collectively crowned manager of the year at the 6th annual Artist & Manager Awards, organisers Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) have announced.

Founders Ben Mawson and Ed Millett will accept the award, recognising Tap’s successes with artists such as Lana Del Rey (whose fifth album, Lust for Life, spawned the first UK no1 for a solo female since Adele in 2015), Dua Lipa, DJ Shadow and Angus and Julia Stone, as well as “an innovative and multi-faceted approach to music management”, on 14 November.

Also honoured will be Niamh Byrne and Régine Moylett, the founders of Eleven Management (Damon Albarn/Blur/Gorillaz, The Clash, Roisin Murphy), who receive the entrepreneur of the year award for their global campaign around Gorillaz’ fifth studio album, Humanz.

Other previously announced winners include Depeche Mode’s manager, Jonathan Kessler, who receives the Peter Grant award for lifetime achievement; Tracey Thorn, who will pick up the artists’ artist award; and Echo Beach’s Jill Hollywood, for writer/producer manager.

“To succeed in the modern-day music business, managers need to think outside the box while keeping a multitude of plates spinning,” says Annabella Coldrick, chief executive of the MMF. “This is no easy task, but the judging panel unanimously felt that 2017 was Tap Management’s year.

“This is no easy task, but the judging panel unanimously felt that 2017 was Tap Management’s year”

“As well as the phenomenal success of Lana Del Rey and Dua Lipa, we felt the entire team’s integrated approach across music publishing, music production and brand strategy was worthy of recognition. This is a company with music at its heart but with the ambition to forge new paths and set new trends.

“Similarly, Niamh and Régine have instigated a truly groundbreaking campaign for Gorillaz’s Humanz, amplifying the scope of the album’s collaborative vision with a series of eye-catching partnerships that opened new creative potentials, including augmented reality apps and a stunning VR video. Always sensitive to Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s vision, they also curated the highly successful Demon Dayz festival in Margate.

“As with Tap Management, Eleven are worthy winners at the Artist & Manager Awards.”

The Artist & Manager Awards 2017, hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney, takes place at the newly opened Printworks venue in London on Tuesday 14 November.


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Carner, Rudge, Dickins honoured at MMF awards

South London rapper Loyle Carner was named best emerging live act at the Artist and Manager Awards at the Troxy in east London last night.

Carner took home the Dice live award, which recognises the best up-and-coming live act in the UK and Republic of Ireland, as chosen by a panel of 100 promoters, venues, journalists and broadcasters. Previous winners include Wolf Alice and Little Simz.

Other winners included Peter Rudge (The Who, The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran), who was presented with the Peter Grant award by agent and Isle of Wight Festival promoter John Giddings in recognition of his more than four decades in management; Adele manager Jonathan Dickins, who won the artist award; Zita McHugh, who collected the writer/producer manager of the year gong; and The 1975, who won artist of the year.

IE Music’s David Enthoven (Tyrannosaurus Rex, King Crimson, Roxy Music and, latterly and most famously, Robbie Williams) was posthumously awarded the industry champion prize, while Young Turks founder Caius Pawson was given the entrepreneur award.

Years and Years were named best breakthrough artist, and Stormzy’s manager, Tobe Unwuka, was recognised as breakthrough manager.

Now in their fifth year, the Artist and Manager Awards are jointly presented by the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC).


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