Launch of Liverpool Music Awards at Liverpool Sound City

By Jade Wright on May 18, 12 04:33 PM in Photo Galleries
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"Think the Brits, think the MTV awards, think the Liverpool Music Awards," says Ellie Philips on the launch of the new industry awards. Entries and nominations are now open for the event, which launched yesterday at The Women's Organisation's Women & The Music Industry Sound City panel.

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This November will see the first Liverpool Music Awards - celebrating the incredible musical talent and entrepreneurial achievements of Liverpool's music industry. Set to become an annual event, the Liverpool Music Awards will honour the heroes of the music industry in our city: not only local musicians, but also those behind the scene, who facilitate and inspire others to create and perform on Merseyside.

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While the scope of the awards provides opportunity to celebrate musical achievements which have gone beyond the borders of our city, at their core the awards are for those who are currently active in Liverpool.

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"Liverpool is home to some of the greatest musical talent in the world, bursting with tastemakers and cutting edge artists that are the lifeblood of our city" says Director and Liverpool born Ellie Philips, 25.

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Ellie began planning the awards after completing her Masters in Music Industry Studies at the University of Liverpool last year, "I wanted to set something up in recognition of the integral part that our local music industry plays in the creativity and community culture of our wonderful city. As well as artist awards, I believe it is equally as important to celebrate the excellence of those 'behind the scenes' who are such a vital component to the music industry and indeed an incredible asset to Liverpool" adds Ellie.

I'll be on the judging panel selecting Liverpool's most talented musicians and industry figures.

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Once the nominees have been shortlisted, public voting will open and the winner of each category will be announced at the official Liverpool Music Awards ceremony - to be held in November. The Fifteen Award Categories include Live Music Venue of the Year, Live Music Night of the Year, Artist Manager/Management Team of the Year, Producer/Production Team of the year, Recording Studio of the Year, Record Label of the Year, Single of the year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Band of the Year, DJ of the Year, One To Watch, Local Music Champion and Outstanding Contribution To Music.

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"Considering that Liverpool is widely considered to be the world capital of music, I couldn't believe that the Liverpool Music Awards didn't exist already. When setting up, the most important thing to me was to ensure that the ethos and the ethics behind the Liverpool Music Awards were sound. Principally, I wanted to ensure that the awards were none-elitist, not genre-specific, and that the shortlist and subsequent winners would represent the best of the best that the Liverpool music industry has to offer. After many months of extensive research and preparation, I believe I've come up with the right formula" adds Ellie.

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. The launch was presented by Liverpool singer songwriter Ian Prowse with performances from science of the Lamps, Afrika, Tibi and Her Cello and Caroline England

Find out more at, Twitter @LivMusicAwards and the website

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