New awards celebrate music in visual media

Entries are being sought for the very first Music & Sound Awards.

The new Music & Sound Awards are the UK’s first awards to recognise and celebrate the indispensable role and outstanding contribution that music and sound design makes to the world of visual media.

Aimed at professionals working in advertising, film, television (branding and programming) and gaming, the awards are open to anyone who is involved in the creation, composition, sourcing, licensing, briefing or production of music and sound design for the world of visual media.

Categories and judges: The categories have been created to include the widest possible use of music and sound in visual media.

Entries are invited from television and cinema commercials, non-broadcast or viral advertising, branding and title sequence, feature films, television programmes and computer games. Each of these areas will be judged for: best original composition, best sound design and best synch/use of existing music. In addition all the entries will be entered for the Impact Award, a Grand Prize to honour the work and people that have made the most significant contribution to the industry over the year.

The judges for the Music & Sound Awards 2012 will be drawn from all areas of the media industry and will feature some instantly recognisable names active in the world of film, television, music and the media.

The Music & Sound Awards 2012 will be held on 23 February 2012 at Koko, Camden Town, London.

Showcasing the best of music and sound, the Music & Sound Awards will provide a valuable opportunity for the media and music community to come together to celebrate the role of music and sound design in visual media.

Call for entries –  10 October 2011: The awards are open to anyone who believes they have been part of a production that features an outstanding soundtrack. Entries are encouraged from composers, sound designers, music supervisors, advertising agencies, production companies, film makers, programme makers, designers and developers .  All entries must conform to one of the designated categories and have been broadcast, published or released with client approval in the UK between 1 October 2010 and 8 October 2011 and submitted no later than the 9 December 2011.

For full details of the categories, eligibility, fees and how to enter, visit the official Music & Sound Awards website www.masawards.com

PRS for Music will be a media partner for the 2012 awards and PRS for Music members are eligible for a £20 discount on both entry fee and ticket price.