Sam Fender and Owain Davies to receive award at A&Mas

Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) have revealed that Sam Fender and his manager Owain Davies will be awarded with the FanFair Alliance Award for Outstanding Contribution to Live Music at the 2019 Artist & Manager Awards (A&MAs).

The organisations also announced that Insanity Group’s Andy Varley will receive the 2019 Entrepreneur Award.

Sandy Dworniak, founder of This Much Talent, will be awarded the Writer/Producer Manager Award in association with Songtrust.

This year’s awards are sponsored by Selina and will take place at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top on Thursday 14 November.

BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens will host and present the awards and other confirmed winners include Nile Rodgers (Artists’ Artist Award, sponsored by PPL), Rebecca Boulton and Andy Robinson (Managers’ Manager Award) and Neneh Cherry (Pioneer Award, sponsored by Facebook).

The full list of winners will be announced at the end of October.

Adam Webb, Campaign Manager, FanFair Alliance says: ‘Since the launch of the FanFair campaign there’s been a real clampdown on exploitative practices in the UK’s secondary ticketing market. The success of these measures are ultimately down to the efforts of artists and promoters, and Sam has consistently proven how some fairly simple terms and conditions and a clear communications strategy can make a major difference. On behalf of FanFair Alliance, I’m so pleased Sam and Owain are accepting this award and encourage others to follow their example.’

Annabella Coldrick, chief executive, MMF comments: ‘Each year, the A&MAs provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the achievements of a whole spectrum of artists and managers. Having helped establish the FanFair campaign through the MMF, I’m truly delighted that Sam Fender and Owain Davies are being acknowledged for their promotion of fair ticketing practices, and also that we can shine a light on the career successes of Sandy Dworniak and Andy Varley. Both have developed truly game changing businesses and fully deserve the recognition they’ll receive on November 14th.’

Table bookings for the awards are available now. For more details email jayne@themmf.net or visit  amawards.org.