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EMP Headline Sponsor of Heavy Music Awards 2017

Rock and metal merchandise company, EMP, has been confirmed as Headline Sponsor the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Described as “Europe’s leading multi-channel retailer of music and entertainment-inspired apparel and accessories”, EMP will present the award for Best Album at the inaugural HMAs on August 24 at House of Vans London.

Having become a regular fixture across the heavy music landscape both in the retail and the live music arena, EMP will now enjoy exposure at the event, through the HMAs’ rapidly expanding online audience, and via the extensive television coverage on Sky channel 367 thanks to our Broadcast Partner, Scuzz.

EMP’s Ajay Nassa said: “As Europe’s number one retailer of rock and metal merchandise, EMP is a natural fit to partner with the Heavy Music Awards.

“Founded over 30 years ago in Lingen, Germany by a group of die-hard rock and metal fans, we now operate in 18 countries across Europe, with more than 11,000 pieces of band merchandise available, including hundreds of exclusive items unavailable anywhere else.

“Sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards is a chance for EMP to engage with its fans and celebrate the talent and diversity of the metal world and its importance within the music industry.”

You can explore EMP’s Online Store at this location.

House of Vans London to Host Heavy Music Awards 2017

House of Vans London has been unveiled as the venue for the first Heavy Music Awards on August 24.

Just months after the intimate Metallica: Hardwired At House Of Vans show, the unique 30,000 square foot labyrinth beneath Waterloo station, will play host to the inaugural HMAs.

The space – which boasts a main stage, art gallery, cinema and skate bowl, mini ramp and street course – will welcome 800 guests for the big night.

House of Vans London opened in 2014 and has since hosted some of the most exciting names in rock and metal including Bring Me The Horizon, Slaves, Turbonegro, Cancer Bats and Foo Fighters.

 

Metallica at House of Vans London

 

It regularly hosts modern art exhibitions, creative workshops, film screenings, gigs, boasts the UK Vans Skate Team and provides a platform for street culture and fashion.

In addition, House of Vans will sponsor the Best Breakthrough Act category at the HMAs – underlining Vans’ commitment to promoting new music.

A spokesperson for the venue said: “House of Vans is hugely excited to host the first ever Heavy Music Awards. Music and creativity is deeply-rooted in the Vans and House of Vans identity and we are delighted to support in this way.”

The House of Vans is where “Off The Wall” lives. It’s a place where imagination lets loose over concrete bowls, art installations, workshops and concert stages, inspiring every person who runs, rolls, or stomps through its door. Located in Brooklyn, New York and Waterloo, London, as well as pop-ups around the world, the House of Vans is home to the creativity that moves us.

Find out more about House of Vans London here: houseofvanslondon.com


The Heavy Music Awards 2017 is an invitation-only event. Stay tuned for details of how you can win the chance to attend.

 

HMA Judging Panel Triples In Size, Surpasses 300

The number of judges at the Heavy Music Awards has exploded to 308, with WWE superstar Chris Jericho among the latest to get involved.

This week a further 203 individuals from a huge range of globally-renowned organisations signed up to nominate their picks across ten categories at the first Heavy Music Awards.

Joining a list that had already been described as “a who’s who of heavy music”, the new additions represent the likes of Parlophone, Shazam, Universal, Earache, X-Ray, Punktastic, Ticketmaster, AEG, CAA, Live Nation France, The O2, The Lad Bible, Eleven Seven, Sony Music, Groezrock, Uprawr, Red Bull Records, ADA, KROQ, EMP, Kerrang! TV, Century Media, LD Communications, ITB, Songkick, Hopeless Records, Gibson Guitars, Impericon, Association of Independent Festivals, Twickets, Jackson Guitars, Coda, Mascot Label Group, Avocado Booking and many, many more.

The panel is currently casting votes to decide the finalists of the HMAs, before the public votes to pick winners. The event itself will take place in London on August 24.

Atlantic Records’ Chris Ruff, known for his work with Halestorm, Shinedown and Paramore, and another esteemed member of the HMAs judging panel, said: “It’s a pleasure to be asked to be involved in the inaugural Heavy Music Awards.

“Heavy music shapes the vast majority of my listening habits, and I’m looking forward to helping celebrate the immeasurable impact of heavy music both past and present.”

Dave Bradley, co-founder of the HMAs, revealed that he had been “staggered” by the heavy music industry’s reaction to the Awards.

He said: “This new announcement of additional judges once again underlines our absolute determination to create a truly democratic panel.

“In the same way a film fan can trust the Oscars to present a shortlist of unerring quality, we want everyone – even someone who is totally unfamiliar with heavy music – to be able to take it for granted that any finalist at the HMAs is operating at an extremely high level. A judging panel of several hundred goes a long way to guaranteeing that.”

 


 

Heavy Music Awards – The New Judges

Jessica Acreman, Universal Music Group
Mark Adams, Kerrang! TV
Matt Akana, Century Media Records
Haaris Bambi Ali, Public City PR
Mark Andrews, Pro Wrestler
Tim Bailey, MJR Group
Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
David Ball, CAA
Emma Banks, CAA
Adam Bantz, Global Production Management
Si Barbour-Brown, Sharper Group
Duff Battye, Duff Press
Will Beardmore, Warner Music
Jim Beerman, TotalRock
Olivier Behzadi, Gibson Guitars
Luke Bell, Freelance
Simon Binns, The Lad Bible
Ajay Bisset, Designer
Ben Bowers, Tour Manager
Derek Brewer, The Manifest Group
Mercedes Brown, Sony Music
Renae Brown, Association of Independent Festivals
Tom Brumpton, Polymath PR
Roberto Bua, Twickets
Adam Thomas Bulleid, Universal Music Group
Lee Burgess, Thirty Century Management
Ian Camfield, Alt AZ 93.3
Barry Campbell, JABA Music
George Cappellini Jr, G&G Management
George Cappellini Sr, G&G Management
Jamie Carter, Warner Music
James Cassidy, JABA Music
Damien Chamard Boudet, Live Nation France / Download Festival (Paris)
Arun Chamba, Shazam
Peu Cheung, ADA / Warner Music (UK)
Donnay Clancy, The Noise Cartel
Nathan Clark, Complete Tours
Hayley Clarke, Somethin’ Else
Mel Clarke, DJ / Model
Andy Clayton, Coda Agency
Hayley Codd, Public City PR
Ian Collins, Ian Collins Photography
Natalie Conway, High Road Publicity
Jordan Cooper, Moth Lights
Jenny Cotter, The Noise Cartel
Corinne Cumming, Captured By Corinne
Christian D’Acuña, The O2
Tom Dark, Warner Music
Smiley Dave, DJ / Presenter
Ben Davis, Ben Davis Touring
Emma Davis, CAA
Jack Davis, Uprawr
Thea de Gallier, Freelance
Filipe de Melo, Tour Manager / Sound Engineer
Andrew Dex, Stencil Magazine
Romesh Dodangoda, Producer
James Lee Dowell, Pro Wrestler
Tom Doyle, Freelance
Jenny Entwistle, Chuff Media
Aislinn Fairbanks, Fairbanks Endorsements
Shaun Faulkner, X-Ray Touring
Matt Feldman, Iron Management
Lewis Felstead, Uprawr
Kieron Fensome, GuitarGuitar
Edward Fenwick, Firebrand
Karen Fossey, ITB
Callum Galbraith, Universal Music Group
James Gall, Fire and Air
Simon Gallacher, Braveheart Production & Touring
Anthony Giannaccini, Wilful Publicity
James Gilby, UHub
Kris Gill, Photographer
Hannah Gillicker, Hold Tight PR
Sian Hainsworth, Freelance
Joshua James Halling, Photographer
Mike Hamer, KOKO
Kamran Haq, CMH Live
Sara Harding, Silver Bullet Entertainment
Dan Hardingham, Earache Records
Mark Haskins, Pro Wrestler
Jimmy Havoc, Pro Wrestler
Jo Headland, Freelance
Lucy Hellings, Earache Records
Mike Helmsley, Pledge Music
Fergal Holmes, Factory Music
Jessica Hope Bridgeman, Freelance
Dan Hudson, Freelance
Matthew Hughes, Devil PR
Gus Hully, Official Charts Company
Alex Irons, TotalRock
James Isaacs, Blackfinch Design
Mark James, Devil PR
Mike James, TotalRock
Martin Jarvis, Fresh Start Management & Agency
Josh Javor, X-Ray Touring
Chris Jericho, WWE
Bob Johnsen, 5B Artist Management
Ian Johnsen, Thirty Century Management
Jrock, Freelance
Jan-Philip Katzbach, Wizard Promotions
Adrian Kelly, NMA Management
Sam Kelly-Wallace, Jackson Guitars / Charvel Guitars
Jo Kendall, Freelance
Joe Kettle, Red Bull Records
Tina Korhonen, Photographer
Gary Lancaster, Eleven Seven Music
Dom Lawson, Metal Hammer / The Guardian
Christopher Lee, Punktastic
Michele Livings, TotalRock
Luke Logemann, Unified
John Longbottom, Freelance
Danny Lovett, Firebrand
Tori Lucion, Raging Demon Entertainment
Tom Lynam, Tone Management
Hans Maes, Groezrock Festival
Libby Maguire, LD Communications
Xander Mahony, TotalRock
Bex Majors, UTA
Mike Marques, Photographer
Steve Marsh, Mascot Label Group
Lais Martins Waring, LD Communications
Matt Mason, TotalRock
Stooart May, Face Down
Rob McDermott, Mad Mac Entertainment
Alex McGinnis, 10 and 8 Management
Jason McGuire, Hard Rock Hell Radio
Jack McGurran, Rocket Music
Lynsey McKay, Eccentric Gent Organisation
Mekk Menne, Avocado Booking
Mike Milford, Rise Records
Emma Milzani, Academy Events
Laura Moat, ADA
Tijs Mondalaers, Groezrock Festival
Jim Morewood, Eccentric Gent Organisation
Adam Mott, AJM Management
Joe Naan, Live Nation
Ant Niinemäe, Criminal Damage
Jeppe Nissen, Live Nation Denmark / Copenhell Festival
Lauren Novik, KROQ
Eliza-Jane Oliver, AEG Presents
Drew Omrod, Drew Paul Photography
Jamie Osman, Red Light Management
Angela Owen, Devil PR
Jack Parker, All Things Loud
Ben Patashnik, Unified
Dom Patience, Chalk Ink
Tom Pennington, AEG Presents
Ryan Penty, Coda Agency
Josh Phillips, Warner Music
Nathan Barley Phillips, Basick Records / Hold Tight PR / Association of Independent Music
Thomas Pieper, Continental Concerts
Lee Puddefoot, Mascot Label Group
Dave Rajan, Parlophone
Mark Rawlings, EMP
Lauren Reading-Gloversmith, Inception Press & Management
Leander Reading-Gloversmith, KMGMT
Sue Reinhardt, Eleven Seven Music
Ian Rendall, All About Live
Josh Retallick, Old Empire
Sarika Joanna Rice, Old Empire / Desertfest
Andy Richardson, Factory Music
Simon Robinson, Tour Manager
Erik Ron, Producer
Zoya Rossi, DHP
Ollie Route, Scuzz TV
Daniel Rubin, Element 1 Music
Sean Ryman, Academy Events
Tina Saul, TotalRock
Adam Saunders, X-Ray Touring
Chloe Scannapieco, Freelance
Iain Scott, The Dome / Boston Music Room
Kennerdeigh Scott, Kennerdeigh Scott Photography
Ed Sellers, Primary Talent International
Curtis Sharkey, LD Communications
Amit Sharma, Freelance
Daniel Shepard, Live Nation
Paul Shuff, Freelance
Navrin Sidhu, Hopeless Records
Phoebe Sinclair, Warner Music
Jim Smallman, Progress Wrestling
Tom Stabb, Sony Music
Yerry Stetter, Eccentric Gent Organisation
Matt Stocks, Life In The Stocks
Nick Storch, Artist Group International
Adrian Storry, DJ / Promoter
Steve Strange, X-Ray Touring
Max Such, Freelance
Beckie Sugden, X-Ray Touring
Trevor Swenson, Artery Global
Ben Tipple, Ticketmaster Blog
Dan Tobin, Earache Records
Darren Toms, Spinefarm Records
Paul Towers, Impericon
Sarah Valentine, Nuclear Blast
Ted Wakefield, Tour Manager
Jen Walker, Freelance
Marco Walzel, Avocado Booking
Ben Ward, UTA
Seven Webster, 7PM Management
Dean Whittaker, Imperial Music
Becky Williams, LD Communications
Tony Wilson, TotalRock
Michelle Wood, Songkick

 


 

Click here to take a look at the full panel.

Heavy Music Awards Agree TV Deal with Scuzz

The first Heavy Music Awards is to be televised following the appointment of Scuzz as ‘Broadcast Partner’ for the event.

Celebrating its 14th year this month, the Sony-owned channel has signed up to air the first HMAs on August 24, and will build up to the event in London with a series of one-hour finalist’s shows.

Alex Herron, Senior Channel Manager at Sony Pictures Entertainment, has worked in music TV for over ten years producing music artist content and overseeing several channels including Scuzz.

“It’s great to see an independent initiative such as the HMAs added to the rock eco-system,” he revealed.

“An event like this is only going to reinforce, promote and champion a genre which deserves more attention here in the UK. It’s an honour to be involved in the maiden event.”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard says teaming up with Scuzz will bring the Awards straight to true fans across the UK.

He added: “The HMAs team has worked hard to build a judging panel of over 100 industry heavyweights that offers a true cross-section of heavy music in 2017 – but the winners are ultimately going to be decided by the fans, and that is what makes the HMAs such an exciting journey.

“This partnership with Scuzz will give viewers a timely reminder of the finalists, in addition to the best of the action from the big night on the UK’s finest heavy music TV station. Everyone involved with the scheme stands to benefit from the huge exposure offered by this deal.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Scuzz on-board with the HMAs.”


You can find out more about Scuzz at their Facebook page.

HMAs Judging Panel Smashes One Hundred

A further 29 heavyweights from across the global music industry have signed up to judge the HMAs.

Following three previous announcements, the panel now totals 105 with the inclusion of individuals from the likes of Marshall Amplification, Atlantic Records and Warner Music, as well as Nuclear Blast USA’s hugely respected leader Monte Conner – a man Metalsucks has named “the most successful A&R dude in the history of metal.”

The new group of industry insiders – who will independently cast votes to decide the finalists of of the inaugural Heavy Music Awards – represent an eclectic view of the scene.

Joel McIver, the author of the best-selling book Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica has also agreed to take part, as has Chris Ruff of Atlantic Records.

Following the selection of finalists by the judges, public voting will open on May 22 across all categories including Best Album, Best UK Band, Best International Band and Best Festival.

A public vote will decide the winners of the Heavy Music Awards, which takes place in London on August 24.

Promotions Manager at Nuclear Blast Records, Nick Azinas, who joined the Awards this week, said: “I am very honoured to be a part of the Heavy Music Awards’ first edition. It’s inspiring to have an initiative such as this one, which aims to celebrate the best in metal and rock music, regardless of whether it’s on stage or off stage. It not only benefits the bands and the industry, but most of all it benefits the fans, giving them a loud voice within the scene that they’ve created and sustained for so many decades.”

Caleb Williams, Artist Manager at Unified who signed up earlier last month, explained is motivation for becoming an HMA judge.

“I’m very excited to be involved in the inaugural Heavy Music awards,” he revealed.

“It’s a thrill to be able to represent Australia (or the convicts) in the first year of this independently voted awards. It’s a great idea and I look forward to seeing everybody that has been involved in putting this together on the night.”


NEW ADDITIONS TO THE HMAs JUDGING PANEL

Nick Azinas (Nuclear Blast UK)
Oleg Bounetsky (Believe Digital)
Monte Conner (Nuclear Blast Entertainment)
Judith Fisher (BJF Media & PR)
Lisa Fox (Rage PR)
Drew Fulk aka WZRD BLD (Producer)
Jamie Giberti (Rock Sins)
Rob Gill (Eagle Rock USA)
Chris Haaland (Warner Music UK)
Claire Harris (Nuclear Blast UK)
Daniel Holub (Make North)
James Illsley (Saviour Management)
Leigh Jones (Riff Rock Records)
Becky Laverty (Pioneer Music Press)
Joel McIver (Author and Journalist)
Jon Mahon (DJ)
James Monteith (Hold Tight PR)
Oran O’Beirne (Overdrive)
Lailah O’Donnell (Spinefarm Records)
Katherine Parrott (Creative Kapers)
Iain Purdie (Moshville Times)
Laura Richardson (Generation Entertainment)
Zach Redrup (Dead Press)
Chris Robinson (Marshall Amplification)
Chris Ruff (Atlantic Records)
Russ Russell (Producer)
Morgan Thomas (Moshing On My Own)
Tanya Traish (Heavy Ritual Records)
Nicola Mary Wyatt (Parliament Tattoo)


Take a look at the full judging line-up here.

HMAs Appoint BIMM as Education Partner

Europe’s largest provider of contemporary music education has joined up with the Heavy Music Awards.

The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, known internationally as BIMM, has signed up as ‘Education Partner’ of the Awards.

Students of the school will be offered the opportunity to get involved behind the scenes at the Heavy Music Awards which takes place on August 24 in London.

BIMM offers courses in music performance, song writing, production, business and journalism and has strong ties with the heavy music scene.

It has colleges in seven cities – London, Berlin, Dublin, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton and Birmingham – and boasts more than 50 years’ experience in helping students launch successful careers in the music industry.

Their high standard of educational provision has been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency – the independent body entrusted with monitoring standards in Higher Education – in their Higher Education Review (HER).

Former students of BIMM include members of Architects, Periphery, The Xcerts and As Lions.

Speaking about the organisation, Roger Daltrey of The Who, remarked “Every facet is taken care of, you’ll always be able to survive in this business if you’ve been through a course like this.”

Leo Nicholas, Head of Industry Liaison and Careers at BIMM said: “Partnering with the Heavy Music Awards is testament to BIMM’s rounded attitude to genre, offering students from a multitude of musical backgrounds and preferences, a place to hone their craft. Standing shoulder to shoulder with these publicly-voted awards, dedicated to all things HEAVY, couldn’t exemplify this more!”

Andy Pritchard, from the HMAs, waxed lyrical about the new connection between BIMM and the Awards.

“This is beginning of a great new partnership between two organisations who share ethics,” he revealed.

“An important part of the Awards’ ethos is to support upcoming artists, bands, producers and songwriters in the heavy music scene and this chimes perfectly with BIMM’s rich history of nurturing great talent.”

BIMM offers a broad range of Higher and Further Education music courses – including BA Honours Degrees, nationally accredited Diplomas and Postgraduate Teaching Certificates.

Their professional highly vocational and real-world courses include studies in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, music production, live sound, music business, music journalism and event management.

The first BIMM college opened in 2001 in Brighton and today more than 6,500 students have access to a range of amazing opportunities as part of their aligned network of colleges.

Between them, BIMM alumni boast Brit, MOBO and Ivor Novello awards, and have scored countless UK Top 10 albums and more than 30 UK Top 40 singles.

You can find out more about BIMM here.

HMAs Team Up With ‘Safe Gigs For Women’

The Heavy Music Awards has teamed with a movement which campaigns to make gigs a safer place for women.

Launched in 2015, Safe Gigs for Women is run entirely by volunteers with a mission to stamp out the risk of sexual harassment at music events across the UK.

The initiative has three key aims:

To work with gig goers in spreading the word that it is not okay to grope, threaten or harass others and to encourage victims to speak out and supporters to advocate that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

To team up with venues to ensure they take reports of sexual harassment and other threats to women seriously and create a “safe venue” standard.

To connect with bands and artists to promote the recognition of standards, talk about SGfW work and to share with their audiences the importance of recognising and sharing acceptable behaviour codes.

Tracey Wise, a founder of the cause, revealed why it is necessary to seek a change of environment for women as gigs and festivals.

“Safe Gigs for Women was founded after I was sexually assaulted, and not for the first time, at a live event in 2015.

“As someone for whom music is everything, it is unbelievable that women attending music are facing this.

“We look to work with gig goers, venues, festivals and bands and artists to take a proactive stance to get sexual harassment and assault out of our music scenes.

“We are hugely excited to work with the Heavy Music Awards to take this message further.”

Andy Pritchard, from the Heavy Music Awards, described the initiative as “vitally progressive”.

He added: “The Heavy Music Awards is very proud to play a part in supporting Safe Gigs for Women to help create a safer and more enjoyable experience for women at shows.

“Everyone involved with the HMAs is a music fan first and foremost. While the majority of artists may be men, the heavy music scene is renowned for being welcoming regardless of your gender.

“We’d like to underline our commitment to that by partnering with an initiative that is doing great things for the safety of females in what should always be a fun and secure environment.”

For more information about Safe Gigs for Women click here
Twitter.com/safegigs4women
Facebook.com/safegigsforwomen

Another 27 Judges Join HMA Judging Panel, Representing Kerrang! Radio, Raw Power, Orange and More

A total of 80 heavyweights including producers, label executives, artist management and journalists from the rock and metal industry have now signed up as judges of the newly launched Heavy Music Awards (HMAs). This week 27 new names – including representatives of Kerrang! Radio, Raw Power Management, Eagle Rock and Orange Amps joined the HMAs and will cast votes to decide the finalists across the 11 categories.

A public vote will decide the winners of the Heavy Music Awards, which takes place in London on August 24. Following the selection of finalists by the judges, public voting will open on May 22 across all categories including Best Album, Best UK Band, Best International Band and Best Festival.

Martijn Swier, owner of Endless Music and perhaps best-known as manager of Within Temptation, said: “To sit alongside people who I have known and respected for a long time and judge people… What could possibly be better?”

Achal Dhillon, founder of label Killing Moon and a hugely respected tastemaker, is also board with the HMAs.

He said: “There are far too many award ceremonies that year-on-year seem to fall on the wrong side of objectivity. Killing Moon has always championed and invested great and new music regardless of its source or the stats surrounding the artists, and this is doubly true for heavier artists such as Mantra, Verses, Carnival Kids, Fizzy Blood and more. We greatly welcome the introduction of the Heavy Music Awards and it’s aim to provide a democratic standard for other music awards to follow.”

Andy Pritchard, from organisers The Heavy Group, described the HMAs as “a significant endorsement of the strength of the heavy music scene in 2017.”

He added: “We have once again been blown away by the industry’s support for the HMAs, with another group of genuine heavyweights becoming a part of the programme, we are enormously excited to see who makes the shortlists when the votes come back.

“But before that, we are building towards a number of very exciting announcements in the coming weeks which will underline our intention to create an event of which the heavy music community can be immensely proud for many years to come.”

 

New additions to the HMA judging panel:

Lara Baker (AIM)
Andy Bayley (Spinefarm)
Carl Bown (Producer)
Dan Brown (Raw Power Management)
Helen Buffett (Eagle Rock)
Hayley Connelly (Little Press)
Ryan Cooper (Freelance)
Niall Crisp (Raw Power Management)
Daniel Darby (Orange Amps)
Joel De’ath (Music For Nations)
Achal Dhillon (Killing Moon)
Renaud Doucet (Deezer)
Ryan J Downey (Superhero Artist Management / Journalist)
Alex Fitzpatrick (Holy Roar Records)
Si Glacken (I Like Press)
Loz Guest (Kerrang! Radio / Planet Rock)
Kai Harris (MJR Group)
James Loughrey (Freelance)
Carly Maile (Somethin Else)
Anna Maslowicz (AMPublicity)
Alex Milazzo (Heavy Music Artwork)
Sulinna Ong-Orpheus (Deezer)
Sean Reid (Already Heard)
Ryan Richards (Raw Power Management)
Liam Spencer (Artery Global)
Martijn Swier (Endless Music)
Mitchell Thomas (Raw Power Management)

 

Heralding the deep heritage of heavy music, the HMAs will also see the birth of the Heavy Music Hall of Fame, and The H – a special award recognising inspiring achievement by an individual, group or organisation.

27 New Names Added to Heavy Music Awards Judging Panel

27 New Names Added to Heavy Music Awards Judging Panel, Representing Radio 1 Rock Show, Unified, Rise, Live Nation, Festival Republic, Scuzz, Metropolis Music and more

The most influential names inside the international rock and metal music industry have continued to sign up as judges of the new Heavy Music Awards (HMA), which launched last week.

A further 27 leading figures in heavy music, including Radio 1 Rock Show presenter Daniel P Carter, have agreed to judge the Awards and will cast votes to decide upon the finalists in each of the 11 categories.

Jon McIldowie (Festival Republic / Reading & Leeds Festivals), Alex Herron (Scuzz TV) and Emma Van Duyts (Public City PR) are among the stellar group to join the Awards panel this week – taking the total number of HMA judges so far to 53.

Winners of the Heavy Music Awards, which takes place in London on August 24, will be decided by public vote.

Following the selection of finalists by the judges, public voting will open on May 22 across all categories including Best Album, Best UK Band, Best International Band and Best Festival.

Julie Weir, Label Head at Music For Nations and one of the judges named on launch day (March 1), said: “There are a number of great awards events in the music industry that we all support and respect highly.”

She added: “The Heavy Music Awards is adding to that stable, adding in a broader set of awards for the other areas of the heavier genre, including areas like artwork, photography and production, and opening up the voting to the public, giving all the people that work hard to get the best in heavy music out there the recognition they deserve and may not get elsewhere.

“We are here to champion both the people who have been here for some time, as well as the new generation of heavy bands, and creatives, that are developing right now.”

Paul Ryan, International Agent at UTA – working with the likes of Architects, Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage and Lamb of God – said: “Being independent I jumped at the chance to be involved, it’s a ceremony for heavy music by fans of truly great music – what’s not to love!?”

Andy Pritchard, from organisers The Heavy Group, described the HMAs as “a significant endorsement of the strength of the heavy music scene in 2017.”

He said: “Curated by a collective of music industry professionals – all of them without exception fans of music first and foremost – the Heavy Music Awards will provide an entirely independent vehicle to democratically crown the best of the year in heavy music.

“Expanding the panel with even more of the industry insiders who represent the beating heart of the heavy music scene underlines our intention to create a fully democratic scheme, crowning winners that are indisputably the best in their field for the year.

Recognising the rich history of heavy music, the HMAs will also see the launch of the Heavy Music Hall of Fame, and The H – a community award recognising inspiring achievement by an individual, group or organisation.

More details about the HMAs can be found at heavymusicawards.com

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE JUDGING PANEL

Paul Anthony (Planet Rock)
Ash Avildsen (Sumerian Records)
Leo Benton (K2 Agency)
Anna Bewers (UTA)
Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1)
Hayley Connelly (Little Press)
Lulu Davis (Incendia Management)
Kiarn Eslami (Metropolis Music)
Jamie Graham (Sumerian Records)
Thomas Gutches (Thomas Gutches Management)
Simon Hall (Bloodstock Festival)
Paul Harries (Freelance)
Alex Herron (Scuzz TV)
Lottie Hunt (BIMM)
Sophie K (Freelance)
Amy Lawson (DHP)
Sarah Lees (Snapper Music)
Zoe London (Freelance)
Abbie Marshall (Ramblin’ Man Fair)
Clare Maxwell (Rise Records)
Jon McIldowie (Festival Republic / Reading & Leeds Festivals)
Leo Nicholas (BIMM)
Kylie Olsson (Freelance)
Jamie Otsa (Wall of Sound PR)
Georgia Rawson (Discovered Magazine)
Martijn Swier (Endless Music)
Emma Van Duyts (Public City PR)
Stephanie Van Spronsen (Live Nation)
Caleb Williams (Unified)

Welcome to the Heavy Music Awards 2017

A public-voted awards event for rock and metal endorsed by some of the biggest names in the industry was launched today.

The Heavy Music Awards opened today (March 1) and will take place in London on Thursday August 24.

The first wave of confirmed judges features several of the most influential figures from across the heavy music landscape, including Andy Copping (Live Nation / Download Festival), Paul Ryan (UTA), Tom Taaffe (UTA), Julie Weir (Music For Nations), Sharon Richardson (Factory) and Danny Corr (Roadrunner Records), with more set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Following the selection of finalists by the judges, May 22 will see public voting open across 11 categories including Best Album, Best UK Band, Best International Band and Best Festival.

“The heavy music community has proven over the years that it has one of the most loyal and supportive fan bases,” said Live Nation’s Andy Copping, the man behind Download Festival.

He added: “To see an awards that hands the voting power back to the fans is only a good thing in my books.”

Danny Corr, Senior Marketing Manager at Roadrunner Records and responsible for releases from the likes of Slipknot, Trivium, Marmozets and Creeper, said: “With the industry unsure about where its future lies, heavy music is still incredibly strong both in terms of recorded form and live.

“From huge artists returning with massive success to a brilliant slew of new music and breaking acts we are a scene in particularly good health. So it’s great to have a new set of awards celebrating all the parts of our genre and its achievements.”

Andy Pritchard, from organisers The Heavy Group, described the HMAs as “a significant endorsement of the strength of the heavy music scene in 2017.”

He said: “Curated by a collective of music industry professionals – all of them without exception fans of music first and foremost – the Heavy Music Awards will provide an entirely independent vehicle to democratically crown the best of the year in heavy music.

“The panel of respected and knowledgable individuals from across the industry – including managers, labels, promoters, booking agents, publicists, podcasters and more – make their picks for the year, then the public vote to decide the overall winners.

“Thanks to the unwavering dedication of many millions of fans and industry professionals, and the hard work and innovation of artists across the world, the heavy music scene has never been more vibrant and exciting. The scene as a whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. The HMAs celebrates this to represent the year’s best across the entire heavy music spectrum.”

Recognising the rich history of heavy music, the HMAs will also see the launch of the Heavy Music Hall of Fame, and The H – a community award recognising inspiring achievement by an individual, group or organisation.

More details about the HMAs can be found at heavymusicawards.com

THE JUDGING PANEL (as of March 1 2017)

Justin Arcangel (5B Artist Management)
Terry Bezer (That’s Not Metal)
Satvir Bhamra (Warner Music UK)
Dante Bonutto (Spinefarm Records)
Andy Copping (Live Nation / Download Festival)
Danny Corr (Roadrunner Records)
Ian Dickinson (Roadrunner Records)
Adam Foster (5B Artist Management)
George Garner (Music Week)
Adam Gregory (Bloodstock Festival)
Mike Herbrik (Warner Music Norway)
Vicky Hungerford (Bloodstock Festival)
Stephen Hill (That’s Not Metal)
Warul Islam (Communion)
Michelle Kerr (Cosa Nostra)
Sophie K (Freelance)
Sarah Lees (Snapper Music)
Abbie Marshall (Ramblin’ Man Fair)
Mark Palmer (Nuclear Blast Records)
Sharon Richardson (Factory)
Paul Ryan (UTA)
Andy Saiker (The Firepit / Warner Music UK)
Kirsten Sprinks (Cosa Nostra)
Tom Taaffe (UTA)
Oli Walkers (AC Promotions)
Julie Weir (Music For Nations)

CATEGORIES

Best Album
Best UK Band
Best International Band
Best Live Band
Best Breakthrough Band
Best Festival
Best Venue
Best Album Artwork
Best Producer
Best Photographer
The H
Heavy Music Hall of Fame

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