04/04/2019: The fourth Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards were held at a glittering event in the National Museum Cardiff.
Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards winner Tanyel Gumushan (centre), with special mentions Ed Juniper and Jo Howarth.
The Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards (OMGs) were founded to celebrate the best of the graduates from UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership members and are held in conjunction with Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.
The awards this year saw 14 exceptional nominees vying for the top prize and a number of special mentions. All nominees are put forward by their university and must have graduated within the last three years.
At the awards ceremony, which took place on April 1st, at the National Museum Cardiff, current manager of Bastille Estelle Wilkinson joined UK Music’s Director of Education & Skills Oliver Morris and Head of Research Natalie Williams to announce and present the awards.
To kickstart the night Special Mentions were presented to: LIPA graduate Ed Juniper for Creative, Southampton Solent University graduate Jo Howarth for Business and Leeds Beckett University graduate Daniela Seggewiss for Tech. Daniela’s lecturer Sam Nicholls collected the award on Daniela’s behalf who is currently on the road touring.
Birmingham City University School of Media graduate Tanyel Gumushan was announced overall winner. Tanyel is currently in her second year of working in the Live Music team at PPL PRS Ltd. She is also a freelance music journalist (Clash, DIY, NME), having previously been the Music Editor for tmrw magazine, where she ran the digital content, as well as the bi-monthly print magazine, for which Tanyel secured covers with the likes of Little Mix and Niall Horan. Additionally Tanyel works with Universal Music to produce biographies and PR for their new signings. These have included winners of The Voice, who sign deals with Polydor records and with Ramz, who was recently nominated for a BRIT Award.
Tanyel was joined by BCU Degree Leader and Senior Lecturer in Music Industries Matt Grimes. A number of other nominating academics were present from a range of MAP institutions and we were also joined by representatives of the PRS Foundation, the Musicians’ Union, Cardiff University and Coventry City of Culture 2021.
During the awards Oliver Morris took a moment to pay tribute to Stephen Fitzpatrick of band Her’s, who had sadly passed away the week previously in America with his bandmate and tour manager. Stephen had attended the OMG Awards in 2018 as a nominee of LIPA. It was noted how much of a bright future he had ahead of him and was a much-loved member of the music industry community.
The OMGs are now firmly embedded in the UK Music calendar with high hopes for the amazing talent that will be discovered and celebrated in the future.
For a full list of all 2019 OMG nominees: https://www.ukmusic.org/skills-academy/music-academic-partnership/outstanding-map-graduate-contribution-to-music-award-2019/
For further info on CC Skills Awards: https://ccskills.org.uk/awards