HMA x BIMM Class of 2019: Meet the Students

With BIMM returning as our Education Partner for a third consecutive year, we’re excited to introduce the four students who will take this journey with us through to the HMAs at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on 22 August. The students, who all study at BIMM London, will spend the next few months meeting with a number of incredible individuals throughout the music industry, to help them build their experience and their contacts.

The students are pictured above alongside BIMM’s Leo Nicholas. From left to right, they are…

Roberta Montagna

What are you studying at BIMM? Music Business.
What are the best things about studying at BIMM? The best things about studying at BIMM are the experienced tutors and the fact that everyone here lives and breathe music so you feel in your element.
What made you want to be involved with the Heavy Music Awards for 2019? Metal in my opinion it’s such a creative environment because it has many subgenres. It’s fascinating how it’s in constant development and growth and having awards for that it’s so great, being a part of this it’s such an opportunity.
What are your career aspirations? I’m a prospective artist manager and my vision would be to make metal more visible as a genre because it really deserves more attention.
If you could have dinner with one musician (from any time in history), who would it be? I’d love to have dinner with Mozart and ask his opinion on heavy metal.

Ceara Connacher

What are you studying at BIMM? Music Business.
What are the best things about studying at BIMM? The access and support of those in the music industry, along with learning how to navigate it.
What made you want to be involved with the Heavy Music Awards for 2019? I love the idea of recognising and appreciating metal music while also gaining experience in the music industry.
What are your career aspirations? I would like to work as a tour manager and would like to get more experience to cement this.
If you could have dinner with one musician (from any time in history), who would it be? Tyler Joseph, as 21 Pilots have been a big influence in my life.

Chloe Berrell

What are you studying at BIMM? Events Management.
What are the best things about studying at BIMM? BIMM is definitely unique to any other university in the amount of opportunities it provides for its students. I have been able to work with some amazing companies and people through the relationships I have built at BIMM and I am looking forward to achieving more in the future.
What made you want to be involved with the Heavy Music Awards for 2019? Since a young age, I have always had a strong passion for the genres of rock and metal. The Heavy Music Awards is a company that celebrates this type of music, which is why I wanted to be involved this year. I was also involved with the company last year as well and really enjoyed my experience so decided to jump at the opportunity again.
What are your career aspirations? At the moment, I don’t have a clear understanding of a specific career path that I would like to go down. This is why I plan to try as many roles as possible in the next few years to find out what path makes me the happiest and to discover what I’m best at. Overall, my career aspirations are to find a job that makes happy but is also challenging.
If you could have dinner with one musician (from any time in history), who would it be? Even though this may be a ‘cringey’ choice to some people, I would have to chose Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy. Fall Out Boy were the first emo band I listened to as a teenager and they helped me discover my identity. It would be nice to meet him on a personal level.

Shane Giess

What are you studying at BIMM? Music Business.
What are the best things about studying at BIMM? The facilities!
What made you want to be involved with the Heavy Music Awards for 2019? I have an opportunity to work alongside other lovers and supporters of heavy music!
What are your career aspirations? I would personally like to continue my work with my label MSH music group and to be able to work alongside causes such as the Heavy Music Awards.
If you could have dinner with one musician (from any time in history), who would it be? King Diamond.

We’ll be posting regular updates on the HMA x BIMM programme on our Instagram.

Believe Backs Best UK Breakthrough Band Category for HMA19

Distribution and marketing services powerhouse Believe is back for the Heavy Music Awards 2019, stepping up their previous involvement to back the Best UK Breakthrough Band category.

Nathan Barley Phillips, Artist Relations TuneCore / Believe UK, said, “We are delighted to be returning as an award category sponsor for the Heavy Music Awards 2019!

“The HMAs is a uniquely democratic event with a great ethos, giving recognition to artists at all stages of their careers. As a company that shares this supportive ethos with the label and artist services that we provide, we couldn’t be happier to continue championing this event!”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “In addition to continued success across multiple genres – not least with the likes of HMA18 Best Album winners While She Sleeps – the team at Believe understand the changing landscape of this industry and approach it in a way that is both innovative and effective, and valuable to the HMAs audience.

“We’re so excited to welcome Believe back to the Heavy Music Awards for 2019, and to unveil our plans for collaboration in the run-up to August’s event.”

The Breakthrough Band categories have offered up an electrifying mix of finalists since the inception of the HMAs in 2017. The inaugural award was taken by I Prevail, before a split to separate UK and International categories in 2018 won by Milk Teeth and Knocked Loose respectively.

Find out more about Believe here.

Nordoff Robbins Announced as Charity Partner for HMA19

Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s leading music therapy charity, is set to be the key Charity Partner for the Heavy Music Awards 2019.

Having benefited from the HMAs in 2018, Nordoff Robbins have this year been chosen as the dedicated charity, signifying the beginning of a more collaborative approach between them and the HMAs, with additional announcements to follow which will further shine a light on the life-changing work carried out every day by Nordoff Robbins.

Nordoff Robbins’ Head of Partnerships Sandy Trappitt said, “We are thrilled to have been chosen as HMA19’s key charity partner. We were hugely appreciative of the support we received last year, and to now be working more closely with them to both promote our work and raise crucial funds to help us deliver our life-changing music therapy, is a massive step for us!

“We are very excited to start this journey, and together with HMA, help to bring the power of music to more people across the UK.”

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “We are excited and honoured to be partnering with the Nordoff Robbins team for HMA19 and playing our small part in telling the world about their vital and inspiring work.

“A huge part of the HMA philosophy centres on promoting heavy music as a force for positivity – and it means so much that the team at Nordoff Robbins not only recognise the importance of music as a force for good, but appreciate rock and metal as such profoundly affecting genres.

“We can’t wait to get started on rolling out our plans for 2019.”

Nordoff Robbins is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. They support thousands of people through their own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals.

In the hands of a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, unlock forgotten memories for those living with dementia or provide comfort for someone facing a terminal illness.

Their music therapists support people to develop their own ways of being musical in order to explore their potential and connect with the world around them. With a person-centred approach, their music therapists are trained to work flexibly in a range of settings with people of all ages, responding to their specific needs to evoke positive change.

You can find out more about Nordoff Robbins here.


Young Photographer of the Year Returns for 2019

The Heavy Music Awards’ Young Photographer of the Year competition is back for a third year – with some incredibly exciting new additions to the process.

To begin with, hugely respected professional photographers Corinne Cumming and Jennifer McCord have very kindly accepted our invitation to judge the entries and select the finalists. Following a public vote, one winner will be given the chance to shoot Download Festival, featuring some of the biggest names in heavy music.

In addition, we are very pleased to say the age range has been broadened, with entry now open to all photographers aged between 16-21*.


“The landscape of music photography has changed so quickly.”

Corinne, who is the founder of London’s Hotdog Studios and regularly works with the likes of Rock Sound, NME, Gibson, Ticketmaster, Upset and Dork, among many others., said, “I’m excited to be judging the shortlist for the Young Photographer of the Year award, I think this provides a great opportunity for someone to break into the industry.

Jennifer – who, like Corinne has been a finalist at both HMA17 and HMA18, works with the likes of Universal Music, Skull Candy, Sub Pop, Enter Shikari, Fall Out Boy, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Architects, PRS for Music, Rock Sound and more. She added, “Really excited to be involved with the Young Photographer of the Year Award for the 2019 HMAs. The landscape of music photography has changed so quickly even in the 5 years I’ve been shooting and I think it’s great that there’s now an award that helps encourage support and development for photographers who are beginning their career.”

Download Festival’s Andy Copping said; “I love discovering new talent and Download Festival is proud to be able to continue to offer such a great platform for emerging artists. The lucky winner will be following in the footsteps in some of the greatest rock photographers in history.”

This year’s festival includes headline slots from Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool.


Entry Now Closed

Finalists will be announced alongside the opening of the public vote on Wednesday 3 April, with the winner announced on Wednesday 24 April. Terms and conditions apply. Judges’ decision is final. Heavy Group Ltd makes no claim to the photos submitted for this competition. Download Festival prize includes two weekend camping tickets. No travel or catering expenses are included.


HMA19 Young Photographer of the Year


*Entrants’ age must be between 16 and 21 years old on 6 March 2019, the date entry closes.

EMP Returns as Headline Sponsor for HMA19

We are incredibly excited to announce that international merchandising powerhouse EMP has signed up as Headline Sponsor for the Heavy Music Awards 2019.

Founded in 1986, the German-based company has gone on to become Europe’s top provider of alternative clothing and music, TV, film and video game merchandise, with over 20,000 products available online.

Sam Kelly-Wallace, EMP’s UK Events Manager, said, “EMP are very proud to be the Headline Sponsor of the Heavy Music Awards 2019 and very much looking forward to the journey together with the HMA team and of course, the evening itself.

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

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “We are honoured to welcome EMP back to the HMAs for a second time.

“It has always been clear that this is a company that is hungry to progress and grow in a positive way, and the whole company is staffed by people who genuinely love this music. Their passion for heavy music is undeniable.

“They’re the perfect fit as our Headline Sponsor, and we’re hugely excited to develop this partnership in new and innovative ways.”

You can browse the EMP store here.

BIMM Returns as Education Partner for HMA19

Europe’s largest provider of contemporary music education, the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) is back for a third year as the Official Education Partner of the the Heavy Music Awards.

As in 2018, the partnership will once again see students from BIMM taking an active role in the HMAs process – meeting with a host of individuals from all corners of the industry to learn, gain experience and build their contacts.

Leo Nicholas, BIMM’s Head of Industry Liaison and Careers, said, “BIMM are proud to be the lead education partner of the Heavy Music Awards for the third year running, continuing to support all corners of contemporary music, without exception.

“From year to year it has been a pleasure to see the awards grow in popularity, size and stature. At the heart of what makes the partnership so special is the having our students intern with the HMAs team, allowing them to gain real world, music event experience in one of the world’s most passionate and committed genres.”

Former BIMM Student Domonkos Gargyan – who took part in the scheme in 2018 and now works for Academy Music Group – said, “Working at the Heavy Music Awards last year was an amazing opportunity.

“On the day of the event, I got to work very closely with the main organizers, which provided a great insight into the operations of a major event of this sort. I was also lucky enough to meet some of my favourite musicians and chaperone them around.

“Moreover, anyone who works in heavy music is quite likely to be there. The amount of networking I did in just one night was insane!

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “We’re immensely proud that BIMM is back for a third year. Since the beginning of our partnership we have worked hard to give students some tangible experience, and many of them have gone on to find roles throughout the industry.

“It has always been a huge part of our mission to make sure the HMAs are offering genuine value to everyone involved – from established artists to those just taking their first steps into this incredible scene – and we feel this partnership embodies that philosophy.

“We cannot overstate just how excited we are to play our part in championing these amazing students who will unquestionably form the backbone of tomorrow’s music industry.”

Look out for further announcements shortly as this year’s students embark on their journey towards HMA19 at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London on 22 August.

Allianz Musical Insurance Returns to Partner with HMA19

Allianz Musical Insurance is set to return to the Heavy Music Awards for a second year, becoming sponsor of the Best Producer category at HMA19.

Founded in 1960 and offering cover to musicians for all types of instruments and equipment, Allianz Musical Insurance is the UK’s leading specialist insurer of musical instruments, covering over 70,000 musicians from students to internationally renowned artists.

Allianz Musical Insurance’s specialist claims team works with organisations across the world to help reunite musicians with their lost and stolen instruments, reflecting the company’s dedication to providing excellent service.

Clarice Goff, Senior Marketing Executive, said, “We’re delighted to be returning to sponsor the Heavy Music Awards again this year. There’s so much talent in the heavy music scene right now – both on stage and behind the scenes in the studio – and we’re excited to be involved in recognising it.”

The Best Producer category has seen a hugely varied list of nominees since the HMAs began in 2017. The award went to Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordström at HMA17, and was most recently picked up by Will Putney – as announced on-stage by Henrik Udd at KOKO in August.

You can find out more about Allianz Musical Insurance at their website or by calling 0330 100 9903.

Heavy Music Awards 2019 Heads to O2 Forum Kentish Town

The Heavy Music Awards is set to expand once again with the third annual event set to hit London’s famous O2 Forum Kentish Town on Thursday 22 August 2019.

The move to the 2,300 capacity venue represents rapid growth for the HMAs. Having made stops at both House of Vans and Koko, the event has now effectively tripled in size since it launched just 20 months ago, becoming one of the biggest awards events for rock music on earth.

Eral Hassan, General Manager, O2 Forum Kentish Town, said: “We are so thrilled to be the venue of choice for the Heavy Music Awards 2019 and looking forward to going that extra mile with Dave and Andy to showcase the very best aspects of such a wonderful ceremony with our production capabilities in staging large-scale live events. We’ll be welcoming world-class artists to our stage to come together and celebrate the very best talent and music in the scene right now. We are also extremely proud to sponsor the Best Live Band category and support the most highly respected artists in the heavy music genre.”

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley added, “HMA18 was a big step up for us in terms of event and global reach. The organic growth has been excellent but we’re constantly looking for ways to build the audience and offer more value to our finalists, winners and partners.

“The democratic voting process has been a powerful foundation from which to build the HMAs. It’s obviously positive to see the HMAs being shared by the likes of Metallica, Architects and Bring Me The Horizon, as the trickle down is tangible for newer artists – but we want to do more to help heavy music in any way we can.

“Moving to the O2 Forum Kentish Town helps us to expand that offering, and of course welcome even more people to celebrate heavy music together. We are ecstatic to be working with Eral, Zoya and the O2 Forum team, and to welcome them as sponsors of our Best Live Band category.”


Ticketmaster Returns for Second Year as Official Ticketing Partner

In addition, global sales and distribution giant Ticketmaster has signed up as Official Ticketing Partner for a second year, bringing their market leading expertise to the HMAs as the event once again makes use of the innovative Universe system.

Andrew Parsons, MD Ticketmaster UK, said: “Ticketmaster is proud to sponsor the Heavy Music Awards 2019 for the second year running.

“Heavy music fans are unrivalled in their passion and dedication, and hands down some of the best crowds we have ever come across. As the number one destination for heavy music fans we work with the likes of Bullet For my Valentine, Iron Maiden and Metallica, right alongside up-and-comers Milk Teeth and Sleep Token. The future is bright for heavy music, and we’re honoured to be a part of it.”

Further information regarding the event – including how to get tickets and the full line-up – will be announced in 2019.


Conjurer Donate Sweepstake Win to Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

Back in June, our charity World Cup sweepstake was a little sideshow to the main event in Russia – but in the midst of preparations for the second annual Heavy Music Awards, we’re ashamed to say we never formally announced HMA18 Best UK Breakthrough Band finalists Conjurer as the winners of that sweepstake, having been drawn out of the hat alongside eventual champions France way back at the start of the summer.

The prize – which is a combination of £150 from the HMAs and £100 generously thrown in by our HMA18 Education Partner BIMM – has been donated to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association, as selected by the band themselves.

In Conjurer’s own words: “After winning the HMA World Cup Sweepstakes, we’ve chosen to make a donation to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association.

“For those that don’t know, TN is a chronic pain condition affecting the Trigeminal nerve in the face. Informally known as ‘The Suicide Disease’, it’s an absolutely devastating illness about which very little is known. Brady’s Dad has suffered with it for years and we’ve seen it effect every aspect of his life, including his ability to enjoy music – those that know him and the family understand just how heartbreaking this is.

“TNA UK offer a support network to those afflicted and fund research projects to try and combat the condition and we’re hoping that this donation will go some small way to aiding them, as well as hopefully raising awareness about the condition and those it effects.”

The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK (TNA UK) provide information, support and encouragement to those who suffer this excruciatingly painful condition. Their aim is to raise awareness of TN within the medical community and the general public at large. As a registered charity, TNA UK is entirely dependent on donations and annual membership fees in order to continue its work, receiving no funding whatsoever from government or corporate organisations. You can find out more about TNA UK at their website.

We are incredibly honoured to be making this donation on behalf of Conjurer and would like to thank BIMM for their contribution – and all the bands – for being a part of the sweepstake.


Watch the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Premiere Exclusively on Scuzz TV

The second annual Heavy Music Awards will get its broadcast premiere in an hour-long special on Scuzz TV at 9pm on Saturday 22 September – featuring all the winners, all the red carpet interviews, and live performances from The Fever 333, Milk Teeth, Black Peaks and Coldbones.

You can find Scuzz on Sky channel 366 – and don’t worry if you miss the premiere! HMA18 will be shown again at the following times:

Sunday 23 September – 10pm
Tuesday 25 September – 12am
Friday 28 September – 9pm
Sunday 30 September – 9pm
Friday 5 October – 12am
Sunday 7 October – 10pm
Wednesday 10 October – 11pm
Saturday 13 October – 11pm
Sunday 14 October – 12am

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