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Music Managers’ Forum Announce Awards’ Finalists

11 October 2004

Music Managers’ Forum Announce Awards’ Finalists

The Music Managers’ Forum (NZ) is pleased to announce the finalists in the inaugural MMF Management Awards. The Awards will be held at Auckland’s Kings Arms Tavern on Saturday 16th October and cap off the organisation’s national seminar series & AGM: the MMF October Sessions.

The finalists in this year’s awards have been whittled down from a list of over 70 eligible managers. A cross-section of the music industry as represented by the NZ Music Month Committee (NZ On Air, NZMIC, APRA, Play It Strange, RBA, RIANZ, IMNZ) were asked to vote on those eligible and the 5 finalists in each category are shown below.

As well as the awards for Best Manager and Best Self-Managed Artist, the MMF executive council is awarding two special awards for Industry Champion and Outstanding Achievement in Music Management.

MMF chairman Mark Roach says, “The MMF is a valuable organisation for the growth of New Zealand music, both at home and overseas. We felt it was important to recognise not just good managers, but those who have made it possible for managers to succeed.”

In between the presentation of the awards, 4 artists represented by MMF members will be showcasing on the night: Dead Pan Rangers, Mozelee, The Blair Giles Band, Exit, James Ray, The Downlow and Cell. All winners receive a framed award, whilst Outstanding Achievement also carries with it an honorary lifetime membership to the MMF.

BEST MANAGER Presented by Anthony Healy – APRA

Rebecca Caughey (Sara Jane Auva’a, The Artistry)

Tim Fulton & Aaron Millar (Stardrunk)

Michael Keating (Goldenhorse, Ben King, Geoffretta)

Teresa Patterson (Scribe, The Have, Carly Binding, Blindspott)

Charlotte Ryan (Verse Two, Ladi Six, Shapeshifter)

BEST SELF-MANAGED ARTIST Presented by Brendan Smyth – NZ On Air

Charlotte Johansen Polly Prior James Ray Peter Rudd (Tourist) Paul Russell (Eight)

INDUSTRY CHAMPION Presented by Mark Roach - MMF Awarded to a person or organisation in the music industry who has been supportive of the MMF’s aims and objectives over the last 12 months, and of professional management practices in general.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVMENT IN MUSIC MANAGEMENT Presented by Adam Holt – Universal Music Awarded to a manager who has set the standard for other managers to aspire to professionally.

The MMF wishes to thank the following sponsors and supporters: NZ Music Industry Commission, MAINZ, Kings Arms, Red Bull.

The MMF is a professional organisation for music managers, self-managed artists and anyone with an interest in music management. It represents over 70 members nationwide, and is affiliated with the 13 other national management associations via the International MMF.

ENDS

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