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  • 31 Mar 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are thrilled to announce that the BBC’s “Whispering Bob” Harris and Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett will join the organisation’s Board. 

    The two long-term supporters of the genre join British singer-songwriter and Americana trailblazer Billy Bragg, Grammy-nominated American folk singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier and renowned record producer and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Johns as Artist Ambassadors for the ever-growing Association. 

    As Artist Ambassadors, Harris and Lovett will support the Association and advocate for UK Americana both at home and internationally. Using their wealth of experience, they will help guide the Board in their respective areas of expertise. Harris, considered by many as a national treasure, brings fifty years’ worth of experience in national and international broadcasting; he has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most trusted and influential broadcasters of his generation. 

    Lovett has had global success with the award-winning British folk rock band, Mumford & Sons. He is also the co-founder of Communion, the independent record label, promotions and publishing company, which has supported the careers of notable artists, including Michael Kiwanuka, George Ezra, Lucy Rose and many more. Lovett is also the Chief Executive of Venue group, which he established in 2016, developing the venue Omeara to be one of London’s most popular grassroots concert spaces and with a new venue Lafayette which has just opened its doors right in the heart of London’s King’s Cross.

    Founded in 2012, the Americana Music Association UK is a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of American Roots music in the UK. It’s 900-strong membership comprises musicians, both from the UK and overseas, and professionals from all sectors of the music industry, including as agents, promoters, venues, festivals, labels, distributors, retailers, management, touring, journalists, broadcasters and publicists. 

    The Association, led by Stevie Smith since its incorporation, aims to generate greater recognition of Americana music in the UK, nurture and support UK artists in the community, and build a network for the genre in the UK and overseas. In January 2020, the Association celebrated its 5th annual Americana Music Awards UK at East London’s Troxy, celebrating the genre’s success with awards going to the legendary Joan Armatrading, rising star Jade Bird, Grammy-nominated YOLA, renowned singer and producer Nick Lowe, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and member of the Highwomen Brandi Carlile, amongst others.

    Commenting on his appointment as an AMA-UK Artist Ambassador, Ben Lovett said,

    “It’s a pleasure to be asked to join the Americana Music Association Board as one of the Artist Ambassadors. I believe in Stevie and her Board and all the good work they do to bridge community through the Americana Music Awards UK and throughout the year, with both artists and the wider industry.  I feel honoured to now be able to contribute in a small way.

    Bob Harris OBE added,

    “I am so happy and proud to be joining the Ambassadors board of AMA-UK and to be a representative for the warmth and creativity of the wonderful UK Americana music community”.

    Responding to their comments, AMA-UK Chief Executive Stevie Smith said,

    “We are thrilled to welcome Bob Harris and Ben Lovett as Artist Ambassadors to the Board of the Americana Association here in the UK. Their distinguished careers and overwhelming support for our work have helped the Association and the wider genre to go from strength to strength in the UK in the last few years. 

    “At these difficult times, we need strong individuals to be flying the flag for artists and the music sector and we are over the moon that they will officially be advocating for our community and working with us to promote, profile and empower the wealth of Americana talent across the UK.”

  • 25 Mar 2020 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members

    We know that the implications of the coronavirus are being felt by many across our industry, be they artists, managers, venue owners, promoters, music businesses or fans. We hope you can stay safe and well and would encourage you to review the guidance published by our friends over at UK Music who are continuously in contact with the Government to seek clarity on support for our music community and economy.

    You can find the UK Music advice here, along with statements from a number of other music industry bodies including the Musicians’ Union and PPL. These statements provide up-to-date information on how you can continue to engage with these organisations during these uncertain times. The Music Venue Trust has also published some helpful guidance for venues which you can read here.

    As you will be aware, many forthcoming music events have been postponed or cancelled. If you were due to showcase at any of the Americana-supported festivals over the coming weeks, we will be in touch with you to provide further information on next steps. We will do our best to communicate the latest situation on future events through our weekly newsletter and social media channels.

    If you choose to organise any online gigs in the weeks ahead, you can let us know about these by filling out the form in the weekly new letter and tagging us on social media. We would be happy to help spread the word and support you during these challenging times.

    We are ensuring we send you all up to date information in our weekly members news letter so keep an eye out in your inbox for this each Wednesday afternoon.  Non members will receive a mailing once a month.

    Stay safe, stay strong and stay in touch.

    Stevie and the Americana Music Association UK Board

  • 17 Mar 2020 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the Ramblin' Roots Revue team:

    *** COVID-19 UPDATE ***

    We are saddened to share the news that due to the recent public health crisis that this years Ramblin’ Roots Revue is being postponed until next year.

    We’ve already agreed dates for #RRR2021 which will be 9/10/11 April 2021. All current tickets will roll over for the new dates in the first instance. If you cannot make the new dates, then feel free to request a refund from your point of purchase.

    We will keep you up to date with any further information as we receive it.
    We really hope we see you 2021 and are planning to come back stronger!

    We’re so sorry to have to do this but I hope you all understand, Stay safe and well,

    The Ramblin’ Roots Revue Team x

  • 10 Mar 2020 6:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    AMA-UK are delighted to be working with Red Rooster festival again for their 2020 festival.  Red Rooster is a very special festival in the heart of Suffolk and it has its very own special vibe that you have to experience to understand - we are pleased to let you know that they are offering our members up to four slots across the festival weekend for more details 

  • 4 Mar 2020 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are delighted to be working with SummerTyne again for summer 2020  - its a brilliant Americana festival at the Sage in gateshead and we have proudly been partners with them since 2013.

    SummerTyne offer 8 slots to our membership to apply for. - this can be solo dup or band  - slots are for either the Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2020 - please only apply if you are available to play on those dates.  

    For more details and how to apply CLICK HERE  - PLEASE note you must log in to apply.

    Not yet a member? JOIN HERE 

  • 5 Feb 2020 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are delighted our friends and partners in Nashville are offering our members discounts to attend the the brilliant 2020 AMERICANAFEST

    Each year, AMERICANAFEST® brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars and industry professionals for six days of music and education. Our 21st annual event will take place September 15-20, 2020, gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. The daytime conference hosts numerous panels, seminars and much more, proudly providing one of Nashville's most comprehensive music industry forums led by top-tier industry leaders. Daytime conference activities and sessions are held at our host hotel, The Westin Nashville. The evening festival features hundreds of showcases held at several prestigious downtown music venues, offering the ideal music spaces for attendees to discover their next favourite artist. Simply put, AMERICANAFEST® has something for anyone who's passionate about music. 

    Please click through to the MEMBERS area (you need to be logged in) to see full details 

  • 5 Feb 2020 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ramblin’ Roots Revue is an incredible 3 day celebration of Americana, roots and alt-country music housed in an award winning venue in South Bucks and offering exceptional value with 40 acts from the UK, America and mainland Europe across the weekend of 24th/25th/26th April, for the full line up CLICK HERE

    The AMA-UK are co-hosting the outdoor, pop-up acoustic stage on the Saturday of the Revue and we are looking for 8 acts (solo/duo/trio) from our membership to join the fun! 

    NOW CLOSED and those selected will be informed by Monday 17th February. Only apply if you are available to play this festival on SATURDAY 25th April 

    Good Luck 

  • 2 Feb 2020 9:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are proud to present the full film made of our Songwriting with the Hackney Elders as part of our 2020 Collaborate and Cross Pollinate conference. Thanks to everyone involved, the writers, the elders, the coaches, the volunteers, the film makers and especially those who helped fund the film.

    As part of the 2020 Collaborate and Cross Pollinate conference theme we held a very special inter-generational songwriting workshop with six AMA-UK members and 5 older residents of Hackney with songwriter coaches Fiona Bevan and Maz O'Connor. Thanks to Cecil Sharp House and Hackney Council for partnering with us on this project. Songwriting with Hackney Elders is a workshop idea conceived by Stevie Freeman, CEO of The Americana Music Association UK 

  • 13 Jan 2020 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AmericanaFest UK are incredibly honoured to announce that Shingai will sing a song as chosen by Joan Armatrading at this years awards show, this is following her inclusion within the BBC Four documentary Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I. Drawing on her Zimbabwean and Bantu heritage, Shingai will take to the stage at the awards ceremony with her distinctive and unique vocal style and charming presence.

    "Joan is a trailblazer who paved the way for countless musicians, impacting the way people produce and make music. She defined what was expected of her as a black female musician, inspiring the world, breaking boundaries and pushing the industry forward as a whole." 

    Shingai is the platinum-selling front woman and bassist from Noisettes.  Music from her latest EP ‘Ancient Futures’ was described by Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1) as “Brilliant, bonkers pop” and quoted by Arwa Haider (BBC Culture) as one of "the Key music trend of the past decade".

  • 6 Jan 2020 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are delighted to have The Secret Sisters at this years conference;

    Transitions to independence - Not many artists would have the perseverance to carry on from being dropped from their major label record deal, filing for bankruptcy and having to start from scratch but sisters Laura and Lydia did, earning their first ever Grammy nomination as a result. Forging a remarkable and poetic comeback, The Secret Sisters will talk with BBC Radio Ulster's Ralph McLean about their tumultuous journey to a healing independence and what means to them.

    Buy delegate passes here 

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