29/03/18: UK Music is proud to sponsor the Music Skills Award at the upcoming Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.
Last year's Music Skills Award Winner Mark Davyd, CEO of Rhythmix. Picture credit: James Fletcher
The award celebrates inspirational mentors and managers who have shown an outstanding commitment to training the next generation of talent.
The nominees for the Music Skills Award are the BPI, Pamela McCormick of Urban Development and Sam Nicholls, from Leeds Beckett University – a Music Academic Partnership (MAP) member.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony at The Lowry in Salford on April 16, hosted by Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Culture Secretary.
Other categories among the nine awards up for grabs include Apprentice of the Year, Creative Choices Award and Training Provider of the Year.
UK Music will also hold its third iteration of the Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards that seek to celebrate the successes of alumni from the Music Academic Partnership members.
MAP was set up to strengthen the links between the music industry and Higher Education Institutions.
The annual Creative & Cultural Skills conference will take place the next day (April 17), exploring how best to build a creative nation for the future workforce.
UK Music CEO Michael Dugher, who will be running a breakout session at the conference on April 17, praised the awards.
Michael said: “UK Music is dedicated to improving and celebrating skills in the music industry and this is why we are sponsoring the UK Music Skills Award at this year’s Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.
“Previous nominees and winners have shown the excellent calibre of the work going on across the industry and this year is no exception.
“UK Music’s economic research shows that the music industry is a strong and expanding part of the UK economy.
“Skills are key to its continued success.
“I am delighted to celebrate those – often unsung - individuals, companies and organisations that lead the way in such an important area for the music industry.”
Announcing the shortlist, Pauline Tambling CBE, Chief Executive of Creative & Cultural Skills, said: “I am delighted with the nominations for the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2018.
“Each year the awards go from strength to strength.
“The nominees have highlighted true dedication and passion for the creative industries and it makes me confident that the future of the industry is most definitely in safe and talented hands.
“I’m equally proud, and especially during Apprenticeships Week 2018, that our Apprentice of The Year Award celebrates the value and contribution that apprentices make to the diversity of the industry.”
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