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Sponsor Spotlight – PMT House of Rock

Sponsor Spotlight – PMT House of Rock

The music store is a vital part of a musician’s life. It’s where they start their careers, purchasing their first instrument, and it’s there in their times of need when they need it most. PMT (aka Professional Music Technology) is a store with multiple locations across the UK as well as being an online store that caters to the needs of musicians, sound engineers and producers as well as many others.

PMT is also present in Cardiff, on St Mary’s Street, and has now sponsored the music awards for all three years. This year they showcased the awards on their website […] Read more

Judging Panel 2019

Judging Panel 2019

Judges balance out the “popular vote” by providing industry insight into the Cardiff music scene. They are not allowed to nominate or vote for any act, person or organisation they are themselves involved in or with.

All past finalists and judges were asked if they would like to participate as judges and some new judges were added due to their contribution to the Cardiff Music Scene either by contacting us or vice versa. A public call was put out to build the judging panel.

Judges for this year were:

Adam WhitmorePromoter, Tour ManagerAdam WilliamsPromoterAled RheonMusicianAmanda ThomasOxjam Manager ’14 (previous judge)Benji WildMusicianBeth ElfynRadio DJBill […] Read more

Sponsor Spotlight – University Of South Wales

Sponsor Spotlight – University Of South Wales

Since 2017 we have been working with the University of South Wales to provide marketing and events experiences to their students who work alongside us as interns at the Cardiff Music Awards

Lucy Squire, who is head of the Music & Sound courses at USW, says of the awards: “The Cardiff Music Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate talent & shout about it to the world. The opportunity to gain experience with the awards has been a starting point for many student careers in event management and the live industry”.

In our first year we worked with Connie Rivera (pictured above), who […] Read more

Outstanding Contribution of the Year 2019 Announcement

Outstanding Contribution of the Year 2019 Announcement

A music scene is an ecosystem, change just one part and the whole thing is affected.

We live in a time where people power seems more present than ever. As it becomes easier to report on and share what we hold important in our lives, it is easier now to grow our movements.

In December 2018, it was announced that Guildford Crescent was to be re-developed and three of its buildings were to be demolished. This little corner of Wales’ capital city was home to three businesses: Madeira Restaurant, Thai House and the music venue Gwdihŵ. The outrage was immediate within Cardiff […] Read more

Jack Arts – Sponsor Spotlight

Jack Arts – Sponsor Spotlight

For the third year running, we are excited to announce Jack Arts as one of our sponsors!

We walk past hundreds of billboards, adverts and posters in Cardiff everyday, but have you ever wondered who’s behind them? Well, wonder no more because its more than likely to be the work of Jack Arts.

Jack Arts may have an office situated in Cardiff, but you can see their work in cities across the UK. They are known for creating impressive out-of-home marketing campaigns, from huge murals and installations to impressive posters. It’s clear to see that with over 25 years’ […] Read more

Outstanding Contribution of The Year 2018 Announced

Outstanding Contribution of The Year 2018 Announced

After an overwhelming response during the nomination process, it was clear who would be awarded the first Outstanding Contribution award in 2018. The award replaces the Person of the Year category to recognise more than just an individual in the Cardiff music scene.

We’re happy to announce the winner of the Outstanding Contribution of the Year award in 2018 is the team behind Save Womanby Street.

 

A group of volunteers led by workers based on the street and music lovers in the capital came together to counter the threat to one of Cardiff’s most musical streets.

With the loss of Four Bars and Dempseys, as well […] Read more

Judging Panel For The Cardiff Music Awards

Judging Panel For The Cardiff Music Awards

Judging has now closed for the Cardiff Music Awards with just less than two weeks to go before the awards show at Tramshed Cardiff.

Judges’ votes make up half of the total voting in the awards, this is to reflect the opinion of music industry peers with insight into the scene and awareness of all the acts on offer.

The judges for the 2017 awards were:

Adam Whitmore – 2015 Nominee/Promoter/Band Manager
Amanda Thomas – Promoter
Ben Gallivan – Writer/Radio DJ/Promoter
Bethan Elfyn – Radio DJ
Bill Cummings – Writer/Editor/Radio DJ
Charlie Francis – Producer
Dani Hewitt – Promoter
Daniel O’Reilly – Promoter
Darren Warner – Radio DJ
David Owens – 2015 Nominee/Writer
Dan Nichols […] Read more

Cardiff venues under threat from new hotel

Cardiff venues under threat from new hotel

“[Ed Townend, founder and director of Cardiff Music Awards] said the release of the shortlist for the awards this month shows the quality of the music scene here.

“All these names that we put on the nomination list are fantastic examples of how Cardiff’s music scene is so strong. Not just here, but around the UK and the world.

“The only way we’re going to be able to have these acts continues is to have venues like these are who willing to put acts people have never heard of on their stages. We have Hub and Swn which are primarily based on […] Read more