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Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 | 0 comments

Sonic Arts Award – Deadline extended until 10 February


The original 1st February deadline for the Sonic Arts Award 2014 has been extended to 10th February 2014. This year’s competition, its second edition, is currently inviting entrants in the following four categories:

• Sound Art

• Sonic Research

• Soundscapes

• Digital Art

A prize of €1000.00 will be awarded to the winner in each category. There are also a couple of truly wonderful additional prizes that have recently been announced.

Among those sitting on the jury are Canadian composer and academic Barry Truax, German sound artist Christina Kubisch, and composer and musician David Grubbs. There is a submission fee (€25.00 for one work, plus a further €15.00 per additional work entered) and, as always, you are strongly advised to check out the entry requirements and details before entering. The awarding committee has put up an archive of last year’s winners and honourable mentions, so you can get a feel for the competition style, as well as some free downloads if you’re in need of inspiration.

Good luck, if you decide to enter!

Sonic Arts Award 2014 entry

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 | 0 comments

2014 UK Music+Sound Awards Call for Entries

2014 UK Music+Sound Awards

The 3rd Annual UK Music+Sound Awards is now accepting entries. MASA 2014 celebrates the role of music and sound design in the advertising, film, television and gaming industries.

The program is open to anyone involved in the creation, composition, sourcing, licensing, briefing, or production of music and sound design for any visual media broadcast or released in the UK. Applicants will also be automatically entered into the International Awards program happening later in 2014.

The awards categories have been created to include the widest possible use of music and sound in visual media. They invite entries from computer games, television and cinema commercials, non-broadcast or viral advertising, branding and title sequence, feature films, and television programs. Each of these areas will be judged for: best original composition, best sound design and best sync/use of existing music.

The entry window closes on November 30, 2013. Nominees will be announced at the beginning of February 2014, and winning entries will be honored and showcased at a ceremony on February 27, 2014, in London.

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 | 0 comments

Music & Sound Awards 2013 – Call for Entry

On 8th October, the entry window opened for the Music+Sound Awards 2013, an awards event that celebrates sound design and music in the creative industries.

Gaming, Film, TV and Advertising professionals are invited to become part of a music and sound celebration, which offers this incredible wealth of talent their moment in the limelight.
There will be awards for Best Original Composition, Best Sound Design and Best Sync across the entire audio and visual media industries. A thirty strong panel of industry authorities such as Duncan Smith and John Broomhall will judge the categories. With past winners including Best Original Composition in Gaming: James Bond 007 Blood Stone.

2013 follows on from the phenomenal success of the inaugural Music+Sound Awards. Once again the music and sound design industries have given their support to this event with sponsorship coming from heavyweights such as PRS for Music and Universal Music Publishing Group.

Tom Foster (now at Universal Music Publishing) says: “It is wonderful to be part of such a ground-breaking and unique event again. Last year we were blown away by the amount of talent in one room – the list of nominees was like a who’s who of the industry.” Nick Payne & Dan Neale, founders of the Music+Sound Awards say: “We were overwhelmed by the response to the first awards, this was in no small way down to the incredibly high standard of entries. This year’s body of work is already extremely strong and we are looking forward to giving the music and sound design industries another night to remember.”

A stunning line up of artists took to the stage at last year’s ceremony, which featured performances from the likes of The Noisettes, Newton Faulkner, The Phenomenal Handclap Band and a DJ set from Gary Numan and Ade Fenton. The Music+Sound Awards 2013 will yet again put the black ties and three course meals to one side and celebrate music and sound the way it should be done.

The Music+Sound Awards 2012 attracted worldwide interest, so much so that an international competition has also been launched for 2013. All entrants in the UK competition will automatically be entered into the International Music+Sound Awards free of charge.

Entry window opens on 8th October 2012 and will close on 30th November 2012
· Entries can be made at
· The work must have been broadcast, published or released between 1st October 2011 and 31st
October 2012

· Entry costs £125 + VAT per entry per category or £90 + VAT with an eligible discount
· The Music+Sound Awards will be held on 21st February 2013 @ Troxy

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Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 | 45 comments

On the Unification of the Sound Awards

With Oscar rearing his ugly head, and people again becoming obsessed with little gold statues, I thought it might be a good opportunity to start a discussion on a topic that has been floating around the professional sound community for some time.

A few years ago, we began hearing that there was talk within the Academy about the two sound awards, those of Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. Firstly we heard rumors that the Academy as a whole wanted to unify the two awards into one. Secondly we heard that there was growing interest from some of the Academy members to move the two sound awards out of the main awards show, and into the technical awards show.

The basis for moving the awards out of the main awards show was probably due simply to the possibility of swapping sound editors for airtime, speeches for high-priced commercial time. It also showed a well-known lack of respect for what sound people actually do. There were great champions for our cause, trying to educate the public and the members of the Academy, that was we do is not purely technical, any more than a cinematographer or picture editor is a technician, employing technology in their respective jobs.

But what about the other discussion about unifying the sound awards? It’s my opinion, and I know this is shared by some, opposed by others, is that is is a shame that this didn’t happen.

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