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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
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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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