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Roadrunner Records Aligns with Best Producer Award at HMA18

Roadrunner Records has thrown its weight behind HMA18 as sponsor of the Best Producer award.

The record label has been an integral and influential part of the heavy music scene since its birth as Road Racer in the Netherlands in the early 1980s, acting as home to the likes of Slipknot, Gojira, Creeper, Trivium, Code Orange, Turnstile, Stone Sour, Marmozets, The Amity Affliction, The Fever 333, Milk Teeth and Slash are within their stable of internationally renowned artists.

Danny Corr, Senior Marketing Manager at Roadrunner Records, said: “The heavy music scene has a vibrant and supportive community not just in the UK but worldwide and it’s great to see the HMAs back again this year to celebrate that.

“Here at Roadrunner Records we’re incredibly happy to be part of that scene and to be involved with the awards once more.”

Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, Iain Johnson, said: “Getting the official backing of Roadrunner Records is another exciting development for the HMAs, which has received an incredible amount of support from across the scene.

“We’re really pleased to have a label with such unquestionable pedigree behind the Awards.”

The Best Producer award will be presented at KOKO by the category’s 2017 winner Henrik Udd.

To find out more about Roadrunner Records click here

Pirate Studios Back Best UK Breakthrough Award at HMA18

Pirate Studios – which boasts 18 state-of-the-art recording centres in the UK and New York City – is sponsoring the Best UK Breakthrough Band at HMA18.

The company – which offers studio space from £4 per hour – is a champion for emerging talent and jumped at the chance of backing the UK Breakthrough category.

David Borrie, Co-Founder of Pirate Studios, said: “It’s exciting to see how the metal, extreme and heavy scenes continue to develop with growing diversity as greater access to music inspires some incredible new bands.

“Pirate Studios are immensely proud to support all seven of the finalists in the Best UK Breakthrough Band category. Supporting emerging talent is absolutely fundamental to what we are about and the Heavy Music Awards are celebrating some of the best new acts coming through. Here’s to heavy music.”

Alongside twenty-four-seven studio access and free use of high calibre equipment in every room including drums, amps, mics and PAs as standard, Pirate Studios are also fitted out with custom-designed, hand-crafted acoustic panels built with sound quality in mind.

Artists recording at the studios may also get the chance to stream live to millions of viewers via the revolutionary Pirate Live initiative.

Andy Pritchard, Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “Having Pirate Studios behind UK Breakthrough Band is a great fit.

“They understand the need for supporting emerging talent and actively give new artists a platform.”

To find out more about Pirate Studios visit piratestudios.co.uk

Party Hard with Emo Night UK at HMA18

The official HMA18 after-party will be hosted by Emo Night UK.

Since their New York launch in 2015 under the Emo Night Brooklyn banner, the club night hosts have quickly expanded across the United States, Europe and into the UK.

And now KOKO awaits their emo and pop-punk DJ team on August 23.

Emo Night will follow The Fever 333 on stage to lead the HMA18 celebrations through until 1am.

George Powell, from Emo Night UK, said: “We’re absolutely stoked to be working with the Heavy Music Awards this year and honoured to have been asked to throw the after-party at KOKO. 

“It’s vital for us that we align ourselves with brands that share our ethos and love for the alternative music culture and the HMAs do just that. 

“The bands that are playing and have been nominated for awards are always on our playlists so this seemed like a perfect fit for us. We’re both relatively new to the world. 

“Our first event was less than a year ago so this could be the start of a blossoming relationship. Roll on the 23rd August! I don’t think anyone is ready for what we’re bringing and we cannot wait!”

Andy Pritchard, Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “It’s definitely a fact that when you’re up, Emo Night will keep you up and we’re really pleased to have them on our HMA18 after-party.

“It’s going to be an epic night.”

Find out more about Emo Night here

Nordoff Robbins Appointed as HMA18 Charity Partner

The largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, which is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people, has been named a Charity Partner of Heavy Music Awards 2018.

Nordoff Robbins supports thousands of people every year through music therapy. 

Music therapy can help a child with autism to communicate, enable someone with dementia to regain their sense of identity or provide comfort for someone facing a terminal illness.

Nordoff Robbins runs six centres across England and benefits from more than 150 partnerships with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals.

Over the years, the charity has received substantial support from the music industry; in 1990 a concert at Knebworth Park featuring Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page helped fund a new centre in Kentish Town, London, which is now their UK headquarters.

In 2009, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Unit opened at BRIT School in Croydon and three years ago a facility was launched at the Royal Albert Hall.

As a Charity Partner of HMA18, Nordoff Robbins will connect for the first time directly with the heavy music scene.

Hannah Sheedy, Nordoff Robbins Director of Fundraising, said: “At Nordoff Robbins we use the power of music everyday to change the lives of vulnerable and isolated people, and we are so excited to be this year’s charity partner of the Heavy Music Awards.

“It’s a partnership which will help us to connect with the incredible creativity and passion-for-music that exists across the heavy music scene, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to share our work with the artists, producers, venues, festivals and designers being championed by HMAs.”

Iain Johnson, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “It it a privilege to offer our support to Nordoff Robbins, an organisation that makes a profound difference to so many peoples’ lives through the wonder of music.

“We are very proud to welcome them to the HMAs.”

A wide range of instruments can be used in music therapy, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised.

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.

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 and celebrate the life of someone facing a terminal illness.

To find our more click nordoff-robbins.org.uk

HMA18 Welcomes D’Addario as Official Supporter

Guitar string maker D’Addario has become an Industry Supporter of the Heavy Music Awards 2018.

Few can claim 17th century Renaissance Italy as the birthplace of their family start-up. Yet, nearly 400 years and nine generations later, D’Addario & Co. proudly continues to do so.

The family-owned firm – which counts Evans Drumheads, ProMark Drumsticks and PureSound Snare Wires among is portfolio of brands – has grown to become one of the world’s leading players in guitar string manufacturing.

D’Addario’s range of electric string products include NYXL, XL Nickel, XL ProSteels, EXP Nickel, XL Half Rounds, XL Pure Nickel and XL Chromes.

Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher of HMA18 finalists Mastodon, Ashley Purdy (Black Veil Brides), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Scott Middleton (Cancer Bats) are among the artists officially playing D’Addario.

Matt Hickman, European Marketing Manager at D’Addario, said: ” We are always seeking new ways to inspire musicians, the HMAs are a great testament to this with an event that highlights the dedication and musicianship within the genre!

Iain Johnson, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are delighted to have D’Addario involved the HMA18 and very much look forward to working with them.

“In recent years D’Addario has grown to become a major force and has very close connections with the heavy music scene.”

To check out D’Addario’s latest range of products click here  daddario.com

Indie Mixtape Sponsors Best International Band Award at HMA18

Playlist brand Indie Mixtape is sponsoring the Best International Band award at HMA18.

Indie Mixtape is an eclectic community of music fans, industry insiders and obsessives whose mission is to shine a light on great music via their suite of playlists.

The company will present to the winner of the award from seven finalists including Code Orange, Converge, Mastodon, The Menzingers, Metallica, Parkway Drive and Trivium.

Like all great art, great music is created by mavericks and risk takers; typically personified by artists forging their own, independent path.

Indie Mixtape strives to encapsulate that spirit by acting as a stage for the music and as a venue for the adventurous listeners.

Indie Mixtape’s Laura Moat said: “We were thrilled when the HMAs approached us about supporting an award this year.

“Their passion and love for the scene is second to none and it’s great to be a part of that.

“The nominations this year illustrate how much amazing talent there is in the heavy community today and we couldn’t be prouder to be associated with such an incredible spread of acts and the event itself!”

HMA Co-Founder, Andy Pritchard, said: “Expanding the audience for the artists we’re all here to celebrate is a key part of our mission – and Indie Mixtape have a proven track record in building those followings, and helping fans discover amazing music. Indie Mixtape is a really exciting addition to the HMAs for 2018.”

The streaming world needs a trusted beacon for the intrepid explorers who care less about style and trends but instead focus on quality, depth and innovation.

Vibrant and fun, but committed and bold; Indie Mixtape is an authoritative voice steering its audience past the bland and every-day to find the brilliant and the extraordinary.

Indie Mixtape’s playlists are live on Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music & Deezer, plus Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more info visit indiemixtape.com.

Believe Pledges Support for Heavy Music Awards 2018

Believe Distribution Services is supporting the Heavy Music Awards for a second year.

The company – which offers a range of “smart” marketing and distribution services to labels and artists across the world – has signed up as Industry Supporter for the Awards in 2018.

Believe offers a range of services within music across online distribution, trade marketing, video and unique synchronisation services.

Their client list includes Xtra Mile, One Little Indian, UNFD, Earache, and Season of Mist.

Agnes Kopberg, Office & Communications Manager at Believe, said: “Here at Believe, we are delighted to return as sponsors of the HMAs in its second year.

“The awards are a fantastic beacon and shining example of what the heavy music community can achieve when it works together.

“Add to that the fact that the voting process is purely democratic, we couldn’t be happier to be lending our support again this year.”

Andy Pritchard, Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Believe back to the Heavy Music Awards for a second year.

“We hope our partnership will continue to flourish for many years to come.”

Believe has more than 400 employees globally with offices in France, UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, LATAM, Asia, Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

For more information, visit believemusic.com

Best Album Artwork Award to be Sponsored by The Pit at HMA18

Online heavy music platform, The Pit, is backing the Heavy Music Awards for a second time.

The digital content stream – which boasts more than 230,000 fans on Facebook – hosts a popular news and entertainment service for a passionate community of rock and metal fans, bringing them together them through stories, films, giveaways, great music and humour.

The Pit – which launched in 2017, will, once again, sponsor the “Best Album Artwork” category at the HMAs and the team will take up a position on the red carpet on August 23 at KOKO London.

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are very pleased to receive the support of The Pit again this year.

“The Pit has become a fantastically popular source for the latest news across heavy music and it’s great to be working with them and helping them generate content across the year.”

Popestar by Ghost won Best Album Artwork at HMA17 following public vote.

To explore The Pit you can visit their Facebook page here.

Safe Gigs For Women Partners with HMAs for Second Year

Safe Gigs For Women has partnered with the Heavy Music Awards for a second year.

The campaign group – started in 2015 – is led entirely by volunteers to make gigs and festivals a safer environment for women by stamping out the risk of sexual harassment.

Sam Carter, lead singer of Architects, hit the headlines last year after calling out a male fan for allegedly committing such an offence at Lowlands Festival in The Netherlands.

Architects have since began working with Safe Gigs for Women after first meeting at House of Vans London during Heavy Music Awards 2017.

In 2018, Safe Gigs for Women has taken the position of “Official Supporter” at the HMAs.

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.

Mel Kelly, a member of the leadership team of SGFW, spoke about why a change in attitude is necessary to make gigs and festivals safer for women.

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

“Live music is so important to me and to so many women I know. Gigs and festivals are a huge part of my life.

“We are thrilled that the HMAs have chosen to support us so visibly again this year. We remain excited about working with them, with venues, musicians and the gig-going public to make sexual safety a priority in live music.

“Thank you so much to the management of the Heavy Music Awards for helping us spread the word.”

Iain Johnson, from the Heavy Music Awards, described the initiative as “important for the future of live music”.

He added: “The Heavy Music Awards is very proud to support Safe Gigs for Women once again.

“It is vital that we all work together to stamp out the risks of sexual assault at gigs and festivals and Safe Gigs for Women offer a very effective spearhead for that.

“Such behaviour should never be tolerated, we must stand together and stamp it out.”

For more information about Safe Gigs for Women click visit the official website, or find them on Twitter or Facebook.

Rocksteady Returns to HMAs for Second Year

Rocksteady, the UK’s largest rock school, has endorsed the Heavy Music Awards for a second year, as an Industry Supporter.

Rocksteady is inspiring the next generation of musicians, every week teaching more than 16,000 four to eleven years-olds to play real music in their own bands. Rocksteady also provide unique full-time employment opportunities to credible musicians all over the country.

Heavy music fan and CEO of Rocksteady, Scott Monks, revealed why Rocksteady chose to support the HMAs once again.

“Last year’s Heavy Music Awards were a blast!” he revealed.

“More importantly our staff and kids loved us being involved and I’m excited to see what the HMAs will deliver this year.

“Good luck to everyone who makes the shortlist.”

The finalists will be announced on April 25th in a special HMA18 Launch Night at Gorilla, Manchester, with public voting to decide the winners opening the same night.

To being with a chance of winning tickets click here

Iain Johnson, Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards said: “We are thrilled to welcome Rocksteady back to the HMAs.

“Nurturing young, talented musicians and just having fun with music at a young age is so important and it’s great that we can help fly the flag for this school and the important work that they do.”

Through its in-house, self-funded Foundation, Rocksteady also provides free charity days and free bursary spaces to kids who would not otherwise be able to access the programmed. Over the last year Rocksteady has delivered free music experiences to over 200,000 children.

More information about Rocksteady can be found at www.rocksteadymusicschool.com or by emailing info@rocksteadymusicschool.com

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