New Live Award Launched In The UK

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Logo of the UK new Live Awards.

The UK’s trade body for the live entertainment business LIVE announced the launch of a new ceremony “to celebrate outstanding individuals and companies across the UK’s world leading live music sector.”

LIVE wants to “celebrate the highs of the year and toast the endurance of the sector, which has recently weathered the dual battles of Brexit and COVID.”

Categories, which range from best Independent Booking Agency to Grassroots Champion (full list of categories below), will be open to all across the UK industry and will “celebrate classical alongside grime, production heroes alongside promoters.”

The ceremony will take place in December, serving as an end-of-year celebration for all of those responsible for stages, venues and festivals across the UK. It will be an annual event, and span a range of achievements including sustainability credentials, marketing prowess and regional performance.

The winners will be announced Dec. 13, at The Brewery in London. Judged by a panel of industry professionals, the awards will be presented in front of an invited industry audience, with hundreds expected to attend.

Jon Collins
Jon Collins, CEO of LIVE.

LIVE CEO Jon Collins said, “After a year like no other, the world class UK live music scene is getting together to celebrate the fantastic work delivered in 2022, while looking towards what’s to come in 2023. The awards offer a fantastic opportunity to recognise our world-leading talent and bring all corners of the industry together, while doing what we do best – throwing a fantastic party.”

Denis Desmond, Chairman of Live Nation UK & Ireland, which supports the award ceremony, commented, “Live Nation is delighted to support these awards. Live is vital to artists and musicians and creates a vibrant economy in which thousands of jobs are supported. It’s the right time to celebrate the best in our sector.”

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director, Royal Albert Hall, said, “The inaugural LIVE Awards will be a welcome and valued addition to the industry calendar, providing an opportunity to celebrate those who have worked incredibly hard during the last few most challenging years for our industry. It will be fantastic to end the year with a celebration of our world class industry.”

Applications are open now and will run to September 30, with full details available at The categories include:

The LIVE Green Award
The LIVE Workforce Award
Venue of the Year
Grassroots Champion
Multinational Booking Agency
Independent Booking Agency
National Promoter of the Year
Regional Promoter of the Year
Top Ticketing Service
Major Festival of the Year
Boutique Festival of the Year
Production Supplier
Brand Partnership
The LIVETime Achievement Award

About LIVE: LIVE unites the 14 main live music associations of the UK under one umbrella, representing 3,150 companies, over 4,000 artists and 2,000 backstage workers. LIVE exists to ensure that the importance of the UK’s live music industry, which is worth £4.5 billion annually and employs over 200,000 people, is understood, and its interests represented with policy makers, regulators, the public and the wider music and entertainment industries.

The LIVE members are:

Association of British Orchestras
Association of Independent Festivals (AIF)
Association for Electronic Music (AFEM)
Association of Festival Organisers (AFO)
Association of Independent Promoters (AIP)
British Association of Concert Halls (BACH)
Concert Promoters Association (CPA)
Featured Artist Coalition (FAC)
The Entertainment Agents’ Association (TEAA)
Music Venue Trust (MVT)
Music Managers Forum (MMF)
National Arenas Association (NAA)
Production Services Association (PSA)
Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers (STAR)

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