The finest artists and managers in the music business were rewarded for their inspirational efforts at an annual awards ceremony in Shoreditch on Tuesday 27th November.
Kylie Minogue presented the prestigious Peter Grant Award to her long-time manager Terry Blamey at the Artist and Manager Awards 2012, held at The Troxy.
Sam Eldridge of UROK Management was made Manager of the Year for his work with The Mystery Jets, Tribes, Dear Prudence, Tom O’Dell and Plan B – the latter co-managed with his veteran music-man father Roy – while DJ Zane Lowe was named Industry Champion for his tireless promotion of new music.
Plan B himself crowned a year of fissiparous artistic endeavour by scooping Artist of the Year, presented by Mancunian punk-poet legend John Cooper-Clarke, with Amanda Palmer joining the show via an internet video link from Boston in the USA to receive the Industry Pioneer award from Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) Board member Hal Ritson.
Awards sponsor Spotify introduced a new £10,000 grant for an up and coming artist and manager partnership to further their career. Music Managers Forum (MMF) Chairman Brian Message presented the cheque to Pale Seas and their manager Danny Blackman.
The Breakthrough Artist award was picked up by Marco Ferrero, manager of Madeon, on behalf of his act – who Popjustice described as an “actual genius” – while Breakthrough Manager was won by Ben Howard’s manager Owain Davies.
The annual event is co-organised by the FAC and MMF and the sold out crowd was entertained by Tribes and MSMR.
Dave Rowntree (FAC and Blur) said: “These awards acknowledge the importance of collaborative partnerships between artists and their managers, and celebrate the success those relationships have brought.
“Everyone who was given an accolade last night, from Terry Blamey and Sam Eldridge to household names like Zane Lowe and Plan B, has had a significant, positive impact on the music industry over the past 12 months.
“We’re delighted that Spotify has provided a £10,000 grant to help further artists’ careers, and we look forward to seeing the fantastic Pale Seas and their manager Danny Blackman benefit from this.”