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UK Music Celebrates Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards In Style At Liverpool’s Sound City

UK Music held its annual awards celebrating the best of the Music Academic Partnership (MAP) network at Sound City in Liverpool.

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08.05.2024: UK Music held its annual awards celebrating the best of the Music Academic Partnership (MAP) network at Sound City. The Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards (OMGs) have run since 2016 and celebrate the amazing talent nurtured by our MAP institutions as well as celebrating the tutors that help it happen.  

This year was the second year UK Music have partnered with Sound City to deliver the OMGs. Held in the Venue Seel Street on Thursday May 2, the evening offered a fantastic opportunity for the nominees, tutors, UK Music members, and special guests to network and celebrate the successes.

Pictured from left to right: Andy Booth (Futures Group), Lapsley (Artist), Emily Pugh (OMG winner), Nina Radojewski (AIM), Dr Oliver Morris (UK Music), and Geraldine Zanaska (Compass Music).

The awards were presented by renowned artist Låpsley who was joined by Nina Radojewski, AIM and Chair of UK Music’s Education & Skills Committee as well as Andy Booth and Geraldine Zanaska, UK Music Futures Group members. Dr Oliver Morris, Director of Education & Skills UK Music was MC.

In a very strong field, the Winner of the OMGs was Emily Pugh, Freelance Event Professional in Live Music and Festivals and graduate of the University of Gloucestershire.

Emily said: “I’m really honoured to be recognised for the OMGs as it gives me a chance to reflect on how far I have come since graduating in 2021 and what I have been able to achieve in my career so far.”

The Winner will be invited to join UK Music’s Futures Group – the UK Music Futures Group was established in 2016 to give a platform to the next generation of future leaders in the industry.

Pictured from left to right: Douglas Brown (UK Music), Nina Radojewski (AIM), Lapsley (Artist), Geraldine Zanaska (Compass Music), and Andy Booth (Futures Group).

The Runners-Up were Phoebe Wilkinson, Assistant Technical Manager at Oxford 02 Academy and graduate of Buckinghamshire New University and Liam Deakin – musician, founder, and promoter and graduate of Birmingham City University. Further details on all nominees and info on the Special Mentions nominees also can be seen on the nominees page.

This year also saw the inaugural OM3 Awards that celebrate those individuals coming through level 3 or access to Higher Education courses. The Winner was Hajar Ejouama of Point Blank Music School and the Runners-Up were Juliet Price-Thomas of Access Creative College and Emmanuel Alabi-Araoye of Buckinghamshire New University.

The second year of our popular MAP Tutor of the Year Award was also held. We ask all nominees to tell us what a difference their tutor made to them on their journey and the feedback is always so positive and exceptionally heart-warming. The Winner was Paul Fields of Buckinghamshire New University and Runner-Up was Tom Soper of the University of Gloucestershire.

The evening was rounded off with food provided by the legendary Bundobust, DJs, and networking. From 8pm we partnered with UK Music member AIM to host a wider networking drinks at the venue.

Read more about the nominees and winners here: UK Music Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards 2024 – UK Music

Pictured from left to right: Andy Booth (Futures Group), Lapsley (Artist), Paul Fields (Tutor of the Year winner), Geraldine Zanaska (Compass Music), Dr Oliver Morris (UK Music), and Nina Radojewski (AIM).

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