The UKBlues Federation created the FORM UKBlues Awards towards the end of 2017 and the inaugural Awards were widely well received. The Awards themselves were presented at a sold-out event on Worthing Pier in April 2018, MCd by Ian Siegal, an event which was declared a great success by all involved and confounded many of the early critics.
Ian Siegal MCing at the UKBlues Awards 2018, Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier. Photo courtesy Liz Aiken
Many people have realised that the UKBlues Federation is the ideal body to undertake the organising, running and overseeing of an annual awards process given that it is an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation and an Active Member of the European Blues Union as well as the organiser of the annual UK Blues Challenge.
The UKBlues Federation has a very clear idea of how these awards should proceed and is determined to continue to draw support from across the blues spectrum in the UK. Above all the UKBlues Federation wants to see an Awards process that does justice to all the recipients and nominees and to all those involved with the blues in the UK.
Other musical genres have high profile and successful Awards and it is high time that the blues in the UK enjoyed something similar. It will not happen overnight and will take a great deal of commitment but we are getting there!
This year’s Awards sees some changes, in part in response to comments and suggestions made following the first Awards and in part arising from the Federation’s desire and determination to improve the Awards as well as widen their reach, seeking to include a broader spectrum of musicians and talent.
The nomination process involving a panel of over 700 invitees will take place in December 2018/January 2019 and voting between 1st & 28th February 2019.
If you have not already been contacted about being included in the nomination panel and would like to be part of it, then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org giving us your full name, address, phone number, e-mail and a brief description of why you would like to be part of the nomination panel. We do not undertake to accept every application.
The results will be announced and the Awards presented at a high profile, professional awards presentation ceremony taking place on Saturday 27th April 2019 at the Preston Guild Hall. For more information about this event click here
More information about the FORM UKBlues Awards can be found here.
The 2018 UKBlues Awards Ceremony at the Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier. Photo courtesy Sarah Reeve Photography