We are so excited to be organising the 2020 annual UK Americana Awards - this year will be a special celebration as it is our fifth year, we have extra surprises to tell you about and secrets you will only find out on the night! as always it is shaping up to another great event. And we can't wait to tell you all about it on the 4th Nov when we announce the 2020 Nominees.
Early Bird tickets NOW ON SALE - this ticket price will only run until Nov 4th when nominees and performers will be announced.
Link to buy tickets from DICE here >
Members will have to log in to get the discount code for the members discount price. Remember if you have a delegate pass you already have an award ticket, after party wristband and a showcase wristband included (still the best value for the full 3 day event)
If you are booking hotels please note Troxy is not in Hackney Central (but we do have a really excellent kick off charity event happening on the 27th at OSLO - details to follow)
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
The UK Americana Awards will be held on the 30th Jan 2020 as part of AmericanaFest UK 2020.
There are 7 member nominated and voted for awards - Nominations are now open, all members can now nominate up to 3 in each of the 7 categories
The eligibility period is 1st oct 2018-30th Sept 2019.
• WHO TO NOMINATE: We're looking for Artists, Instrumentalists, Albums and Songs from the UK and International. We want to know what Americana music you have been listening to this year, and which artists you have seen touring new albums. Any song, EP or album that has been officially released between 1st oct 2018 - 30th Sept 2019 and is in the Americana genre can be nominated. (Artists you can even nominate yourself).
In case you have forgotten which records were in the charts in that period here is a list to jog your memory of all records that charted in this period - please note this is just a guide and that not all records that are eligible entered the official UK Americana chart and some records were released last Friday the 27th are still eligible for nomination but will not chart until Friday 4th Oct.
Thank you for being part of the UK Americana Community
Wristbands available at ALT or DICE members log in for discount codes in the members area
Super Early Bird Tickets Now available
for 2020 we have around 75 emerging bands and artists performing original Americana music at multiple venues across Hackney, London – live music doesn’t get any better than this! Find out more about this years venues.
“If not for the AMA-UK showcase, we wouldn’t be heading to Nashville that’s for sure, but it also welcomed us with open arms and introduced us to a legion of kindred spirits we’re now sharing our adventure with. Real musicians and real music lovers sidestepping rivalry for the greater good.”
– William The Conqueror
Wristbands will get you into all of the venues plus some extra parties that get announced near the festival dates, all member types can get discount on the wristband prices, if you buy a full delegate pass you will have access to the conference, all the showcases and the awards show.
Wristbands available at or DICE or ALT members log in for discount codes in the members area
Venues: VENUE MAP
ADDED for 2020 Church Brewery Bar
Oslo, 1A Amhurst Rd, London E8 1LL
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, E9 6NU
Paper Dress Vintage, 352a Mare St, London E8 1HR
Empire Bar, 291 Mare St, London E8 1EJ
Night Tales, 14 Bohemia Pl, London E8 1DU
Caroline Spence's latest album 'Mint Condition' (out on Rounder Records) has had incredible reviews across the board - she was one of our stand out showcase performers from 2019 AmericanaFest UK and she is coming back to tour the UK in October this year, we are delighted to be able to offer one of our members the opportunity to open for her on selected dates (27-30 Oct) on her next UK tour. Thanks to Free Trade Agency, DHP and Brighthelmstone for continued partnership with AMA-UK and bringing this opportunity to our members.
TOUR DETAILS AND TICKET LINKS HERE
This is open for SOLO artists only and applications close next Tuesday 13th Aug - so check you diaries for the 27th-30th Oct and login/ get applying.
(Normal support fees will be paid, you will need to have your own transport and arrange own accommodation)
This has now closed - all applications have been sent to the agent and successful applicant will be notified asap
Thank you to everyone who applied.
Danny & The Champions Of The World, photo John Morgan
Last Friday we held a wonderful event to say goodbye to The Borderline and to celebrate Barry Marshall Everitt's life in music and all the wonderful shows he did at The Borderline.
It was a wonderful atmosphere from the very start when Bex Marshall brought along old posters from some of Barry's shows at the Borderline and also his Time Out Awards for Best Promoter and Best Venue back in the late 1990s. Not just a sad good bye to a venue we all love, but a real celebration of the genre and all the work Barry had put into bringing Americana to music fans and also giving new bands their first chance - Barry really championed new artists and was the first show for many who are now award winning Americana Artists.
Bex Marshall Everitt photo by John Morgan
Barry always raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust so we decided to do the same in his honour - thank you to awesome Ali Rawlings who was brilliant at pulling the night together, to the wonderful bands who all played without a fee, Bex Marshall, Alan Tyler Trio, The Snakes and Danny & The Champions of The World, thank your to DHP who let us use the venue free of charge. Massive thanks to all the supporters who bought tickets and sold out this event and also were very generous in the collection buckets - we raised an incredible £3240.77 for Teenage Cancer Trust who do amazing work - read more here
The Snakes photo photo by John Morgan
Alan Tyler Trio photo by John Morgan
Super Early Bird Delegate passes include AMA-UK Annual Conference, Showcase Festival and Awards. MEMBERS NEED TO LOG IN TO ACCESS MEMBER DISCOUNT. Only available for a few weeks so don't delay and Register NOW
The Conference is on the 28th/29th and 30th January 2020. Showcase festival is on the 28th and 29th, the awards 30th Jan 2020.
The Conference will be in a new venue in Hackney Central, in close proximity to the festival venues - details to follow soon, the Showcase Festival is in multiple venues across Hackney Central. The Awards and After Party will be held at The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX.
There will be a kick off event on the evening of 27th, this will be a charity event and a separate ticket - details soon but just letting you know incase you are booking hotels now.
REGISTER NOW (Members need to be logged in to access the members discount, available to all member types)
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AmericanaFest UK will be held across 5 venues in Hackney on the 28th and 29th January 2020. Artist and industry members can apply to showcase
Applications closed on July 31st
This is our fifth AmericanaFest UK and we are really excited about celebrating this milestone with you - we already have some incredible things lined up for the conference and awards which take place along side the showcase festival.
"The quality of the festival showcases is brilliant. The panels and programming of the event are valuable. The opportunity to meet with your peers is unrivalled. Aside from all these valuable parts of the conference and the incredibly well produced awards show, most importantly the event is permeated throughout with a deep sense of community." Shawna Cooper, Dollartone - Industry membership Canada
Looking back to 2016 when YOLA, Danni Nicholls and William The Conquerer all showcased for the first time and seeing them now, 5 years on, with huge successes from playing Glastonbury, nominated for awards in Nashville and getting great radio play. We love to see where showcasing can take you - we endeavour to bring you the best audiences to your showcase from industry, festival bookers, promoters, press and music fans alike, we ensure our showcase artists are given the best possible opportunities to take part in the conference and network and make the experience really mean something. Showcasing at this event is a business opportunity for you as an artist as well as a chance to play amongst your peers and meet new members of the public who are drawn to this genre.
"I have also been lucky enough to showcase at the 2019 festival in Hackney. This has, undoubtedly, led me to new opportunities and has helped me to connect with fellow artists, agents, bookers and, generally, Americana enthusiasts. AMA UK also offer members-only opportunities to play at UK festivals, which is worth the modest annual membership fee in itself." Martha L Healy - Artist Membership, Scotland
There are still opportunities for sponsorship packages please see our sponsorship deck for more details
Black Deer Festival this past weekend was a truly joyful celebration of the Americana genre. A killer line-up, beautiful sunny weather and a lovely venue - there really was a great atmosphere. Its exciting for us to see the festival double in size in its second year - another sign that the Americana genre is thriving.
Thank you to the festival directors Gill Tee and Deborah Shilling for inviting AMA-UK to host a talk on Saturday evening, we had a wonderful time talking to the crowd about what we do and big thanks to our guests Tom Bridgwater from Loose Music, and artists Danni Nicholls, Robert Vincent and Emily Barker for performing your beautiful music.
AMA UK Board Member and 2019 conference producer Lara Baker has been announced as the newly appointed Director of Business Development UK & Ireland at Songtrust. In this new role, Lara will be helping independent songwriters and managers, indie labels and indie publishers to collect publishing royalties on a global scale.
Songtrust is the world's largest global royalty collection service and publishing administrator, enabling 170,000+ songwriters and more than 20,000 publishers to collect their publishing royalties worldwide for over 1,500,000 copyrights. Songtrust removes the complexity of the publishing landscape and offers detailed access to data otherwise not directly available, helping songwriters, artists, producers, managers, publishers, labels, lawyers, distributors, and more simplify music rights management and the administration of music publishing assets, performing rights, and digital licensing. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in New York City, Songtrust maintains the most extensive, accessible publishing network in the industry, with direct relationships with 45+ performance, mechanical, and digital societies globally covering 120+ territories.
Whether you are a currently unpublished songwriter, an artist manager, or an independent label, distributor or publisher, Songtrust could provide a solution to help you to collect international publishing royalties via an extensive network of direct relationships with 40+ societies around the World.
There is a special 20% discount off the Songtrust registration fee for AMA-UK members - so if you're a songwriter LOG IN NOW TO RECEIVE THE DISCOUNT CODE
If you're a manager of multiple artists/writers, an indie label or distributor, a publishing company or just want to know more about the service before signing up - email Lara Baker on email@example.com to schedule a call or meeting.
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