Music Support are announced as Charity Partner for A&R Awards

The A&R Awards are pleased to announce that Music Support has been named as the event’s official charity partner for 2018. 


Music Support provides help and support for anyone in the music industry suffering from addiction and/or mental health issues. Founded and run by individuals from the music industry with personal experience of these issues Music Support, whose patron is Robbie Williams,  has evolved into a 24/7 helpline offering peer support, ‘Safe Tents’ at UK Festivals and a psychiatric assessment and signposting service, with accredited and vetted professionals in the fields of addiction and mental health. 


Music Support also offers individual crisis management and large-scale trauma support. Together with the Music Managers Forum (MMF), Music Support recently published “The Music Manager’s Guide to Mental Health” and organises workshops, training and ongoing advice for companies and individuals.


Now in its third year the A&R Awards, in Association with Abbey Road,  will take place at a new venue, The De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London on Tuesday November 6th.


Celebrating both individual and team excellence in the field of UK artist discovery and development, the ceremony will recognize the finest achievements in multiple genres, while promising three extra special moments:


  • The Sir George Martin Award. Named in honour of the legendary Beatles producer, this award recognises an individual with a proven track record of truly artist-friendly A&R – combined with commercial success – who continues to sign contemporary hitmakers


  • The Artist Loyalty Award, which celebrates a longstanding relationship between an industry exec and a standout artist who have stood by each other through thick and thin over the years;


  • The A&R Icon Award, presented to an individual whose actions have truly changed the game for the creative side of the UK music business, and whose influence continues to reverberate today.


Individual ‘A&R Of The Year’ awards will be handed out in separate genre categories including Electronic/Dance, Hip-hop/Grime, Pop/R&B, Adult Contemporary and Rock/Alternative.


Elsewhere, there will be Songwriter and Producer of the Year gongs – voted for by a panel of the most influential A&R figures in the global industry – in addition to an A&R Administrator award.


Team awards will include two Publisher Of The Year categories, in addition to Major Label Of The Year, Independent Label Of The Year and Management Company (aka The David Enthoven Award).


Check out all the categories and other details of the night through here.


Finalists will be announced in the next few weeks , with a shortlist decided  by Music Business Worldwide’s global network of respected industry allies.


Matt Thomas , co-founder of Music Support said, “Music Support is honoured to have been chosen as The A&R Awards official charity partner for 2018. We are continuing to build awareness and support systems around the issues of mental health and addiction in the music industry and this is a great opportunity for us to explain more about what we do and get our message across that you are not alone.” 


Due to overwhelming demand only a very tables for the ceremony are still available with all Platinum options now completely sold out . Please visit for more details.


If you are interested in any of the remaining sponsorship opportunities, please contact for details.

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