Production Music Awards 2016 winners revealed

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Composers Justin Nicholls, Dan Electro and Daniel Knight were among those honoured at the 2016 Production Music Awards.

Nicholls’ I Smell a Rat received the award for Best Ambient/Minimalist Production Music Track, published by Standard Music Library.

Electro took the Best Jazz Production Music Track for his song Steinway Dreams, published by Cavendish Music.

Elsewhere, Knight’s track Coming Back Around (published by Extreme Music) won in the Best Pop Production Music Track category. For the full list of winners, see below.

The ceremony took place on 25 November in the ballroom at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.

Hosted by MCPS Production Music, it celebrated the most important and influential creators within the production music industry.

Music used in the latest advertising campaigns, films and television programmes were judged by a panel of 30 experts from across the industry who assessed entries based on composition, originality, production quality, and fit to moving image.

Twelve composition winners and six sync winners were chosen across 18 categories.

Jane Dyball, MCPS chief executive, said: ‘The level of excellence in this year’s submissions just goes to show that the production music industry continues to grow in both quality and confidence.

‘With many of the world’s largest production music libraries in attendance, the standard of competition was incredibly high. Congratulations to everyone nominated.’

The Production Music Awards were held in association with MCPS Production Music and sponsored by PRS for Music, Sound on Sound Magazine, The Musician’s Union, Spitfire Audio and production collective, WMP.

2016 Production Music Awards Winners:


Key: Name of track // Music Library // Composer(s)

Best Ambient/Minimalist Production Music Track – I Smell a Rat // Standard Music Library // Justin Nicholls

Best Dance Production Music Track – Deeper Desire // Universal Publishing Production Music // Henry Durham, Marc Williams

Best Electronic Production Music Track – Breath of Life // Tele Music // Alex Martin Delion, Joan Peron

Best Folk Production Music Track – Another Day // Dynamic Music // Leek Soup, Rasputin O’Shaughnessy, Territory Five, Jake Buffalo

Best Hip Hop/Rap Production Music Track – Chitter Chatter // Universal Publishing Production Music // Ali Theodore, Jordan Yeager, Sarai Howard, Sergio Cabral

Best Jazz Production Music Track – Steinway Dreams // Cavendish Music // Dan Electro

Best Pop Production Music Track – Coming Back Around // Extreme Music // Daniel Knight

Best Rock Production Music Track – Shoot First // Extreme Music // Michael Smidi Smith, TJ Stafford, Russell Emanuel

Best Score Production Music Track – Game Of Trust // Universal Publishing Production Music // Julie Alison Cooper

Best Trailer Production Music Track – Cascade Of Emotions // Warner Chappell // Tanuj Rattan Tiku

Best World Production Music Track – Fiesta Zupa // Tele Music // Etienne Mialet

Best Wildcard Production Music Track 2016
Terrifying Wonder // VideoHelper // Joseph Saba, Stewart Winter


Key: Name of track // Sync // Music Library // Composer(s)

Best Use of Production Music in Television Advertising – La Zingara // Nespresso Ad // Cezame Music Agency // Piotr Moss

Best Use of Production Music in Television Factual – On the Edge of the World // Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge //Universal Publishing Production Music (Volta Music)  // Andrew Prahlow

Best Use of Production Music in Feature Film Scene – The Wicked // The Headhunter // Extreme Music // Blues Saraceno

Best Use of Production Music in Trailer or Promo – Human // Doctor Who – Season 9 Launch Trailer // Gargantuan Music // R. Simeon Bowring

Best Use of Production Music in Online or Viral Advertising – Sunbird // Life is Strange // Universal Publishing Production Music // Michael Holborn, William Henries

Best Use of Production Music in Television Drama – Blaze Of Glory // Kingdom // Superpitch // Spottiswoode


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