In a departure from previous years and for the first time, instrument manufacturers as well as retailers will be able to nominate themselves for entry into the awards.
The winners of the majority of the categories will be decided by online public or retailer vote through the various sponsos. The remaining categories will be decided by judging panels. Final Shortlists for the public and retailer voted categories will be announced on Thursday 11th October, the winners for all categories will be announced at the ceremony.
Details are available on the MIA Awards website www.miamusicawards.com with nominations open to the industry (free for MIA members and a £50 donation to Music for All charity for non-members).
The event will be supported once again by NAMM, while MI Pro will again sponsor the popular Twitter wall feature from last year and the seven award categories themselves will be variously sponsored, with three public vote categories included.
- Public voted Best Classical Instruments and Shops, sponsored by Classic FM
- Public voted Best Contemporary Instruments, sponsored by Future Publishing
- Public voted Best Retailer Awards, sponsored by Musicguard
- Retailer voted Best Supplier Awards, sponsored by Moneyway
- Self-nominated Music Maker Award, sponsored by NAMM
- Best Export Initiative Award, sponsored by Musikmesse Frankfurt
- Living Legend Award, sponsored by NAMM
Comedian (and drummer) Al Murray is returning to host the awards, which will be held on 22nd November at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium with all proceeds going to industry charity Music For All.
Single tickets on Early Bird (booked and paid before 26th October) are £160 plus vat and a table of 10 on Early Bird (booked and paid before 26th October) is £1,450 plus VAT.
The evening includes a drinks reception, three course meal, complimentary wine, awards, entertainment and of course, the bar.
Details of recommended hotels and special deals are on the MIA Awards website. For more information contact Don’t Panic on 01706 828855; Clare at the MIA on 01403 800500. Information on the work carried out by Music For All can be found at www.musicforall.org.uk .
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