INVITES AND EMAILS WILL BE SENT BY THE END OF AUGUST 2019
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.
The Last Hurrah to the Borderline in Honour of Barry Everitt - a night of Great Americana Music, all proceeds to Teenage Cancer Trust.
The Last Hurrah for the Borderline in honour of Barry Everitt, who promoted the Borderline for a decade back in the 1990s, takes place on Friday 26th July.
“The UK Americana scene owes a lot to Barry Everitt as a pioneer in bringing great bands to the Borderline throughout the 1990s and often giving UK Americana artists their first gig – he was a champion on new music and helped many music fans discover artists they still love today. Through Barry the Borderline became known as the Americana (Alt Country) venue to play at, it only felt right to host a night in his honour now we know this iconic venue is closing” Stevie Freeman CEO Americana Music Association UK.
“The Americana community is strong in the UK and this is in no small way down to Barry Everitt. Barry always supported Teenage Cancer Trust so all money raised by this event to celebrate and honour both Barry and the venue”.
We are pleased to announce performances by
DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD – Former Grand Drive frontman comes together with his fine band of merry men to pay their respects.
THE SNAKES are back. Variously dubbed the ‘new heroes of British country rock’ and ‘Muswell Hill’s own Whiskeytown’, they took an extended hiatus in the wake of their third album The Last Days Of Rock & Roll which had shown them expanding on their established alt-country repertoire of Stonesesque country swagger and soulful Celtic folk to take in the dirty rock & roll of Mott The Hoople and Mink DeVille, while sharing a bottle of bourbon with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan along the way. In the interim Simon Moor and Johnny O’Sullivan have been exploring late 60s psych-pop as the Hot Snake Time Machine, and guitarist Richard Davies has recorded a solo album. Earlier this year they reconvened at Nick Beer’s studio in Wiltshire along with original drummer Dan Tilbury, and with Nick – previously a studio Snake – on keyboards. Now they’re ready to return as a fresh-minted five-piece and where better to kick-off than at the Borderline in celebration of their strong supporter and great fan the much-missed Barry Marshall-Everitt.
THE ALAN TYLER SHOW - Rockingbirds frontman Alan Tyler’s acoustic country music show, featuring Patrick Ralla on guitar and Jim Morrison on fiddle.
Compered by BEX MARSHALL-EVERITT – wife of Barry Everitt and 4 time European Blues Award Nominee for Female Acoustic Artist.
AMA-UK MEMBERS TICKET £8 IN ADVANCE (must be logged in to see link)
IN AID OF THE TEENAGE CANCER TRUST AND SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION UK
Photo Credit Robert Wakely
We had a brilliant day at the lovely Red Rooster festival last Friday - our Keychange inspired stage was a truly wonderful event with a full day line-up of talented artists, and a lovely crowd throughout, who really appreciated the message and lots of great discussions were that day. Thank you to the Red Rooster team for giving us this opportunity to spread the message and celebrate our female members' art.
Thank you to all these artists on the stage line up for making the day so fantastic:
Sunny Ozell who helped curate the line-up from the members applications, Birds of Chicago, Robert Vincent Band, Fiona Bevan, Jambalaya Band, Carosn McHone, The Southern Fold, Lucy Kitt, Wookalily, William The Conqueror, Lisa Redford, Misty River and Martha L Healy
We are delighted to be hosting an evening on the Front Porch Stage at the Long Road festival again this year and congratulations to these members who have been chosen to perform:
"The AMA-UK represents all aspects of the industry from the biggest to the smallest, and artists from both sides of the pond they promote greater recognition of Americana in the UK. So, whether you’re an up to date aficionado or a newcomer to the sound you know the AMA-UK’s Front Porch takeover at The Long Road will be truly unmissable...
We are proud to announce that we will be doing a panel talk at Blackdeer Festival this year - we absolutely love this festival, it has an incredible line-up this year and so many members will be playing on one of the great stages across the site. Delighted to be part of the festival in this way...
"AMA-UK will take to the Live Fire stage next month to tell festival goers the vital story of its pioneering work in the field of UK Americana. A panel consisting of legendary BBC Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris, UK Americana trailblazer Stevie Freeman (AMA-UK CEO) and artists Emily Barker (AMA-UK Artist Of The Year 2018), Robert Vincent (AMA-UK Album of The Year 2018) and Danni Nicholls (AMA-UK nominee 2017, 2018) will tell tales about AMA-UK from its formation, through to its vital award shows, and beyond. Unmissable for fans of this storied genre"
Check out more details about the line-up and get your tickets HERE
The Lovefields at Glastonbury, Livewired are ecstatic to announce Rosenblume (band), Emily Barker, Anton and the Colts and The Orange Circus Band will all be appearing in association with The AMA-UK. With many other great acts to be announced over the coming weeks, Livewired have also now confirmed Robert Vincent, The Magic Numbers, Dave Fidler , Matt Owens and Luna Lake to the bill for what’s set to be an incredible stage of live music.
AMA-UK are delighted to team up with The English Folk Expo again this year for their Artist Mentoring Programme. Selected students also become delegates at our conference which was a huge success this year and we intend to grow this partnership in more ways in the years to come.
Members can read more about this here and then log in to the members area for the links to apply:
The Artist Mentoring Programme supports early stage career folk, roots and acoustic musicians towards export and business preparedness. This programme will enable artists to understand the national and international music industry and their place within it. On completion of the EFEx Artist Mentoring Programme, we expect artists to be ‘export ready’ for new and international markets. Over 12 months, participants will study selected areas of the music industry, developing their awareness, widening networks and creating a strategy tailored to suit their own business needs. By the end of the course, participants will have a firm understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different parts of the sector, developed new contacts and networks within the industry and have a clear road map for them to follow in the next stage of their careers.
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We are so proud to read these nominees for the 2019 Americana Honors and Awards. Former AMA-UK Artist Of The Year Yola is nominated for both Album Of The Year and Emerging Artist and this year's AMA-UK Song Of The Year nominee Jade Bird receives a nomination for Emerging Artist.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
To the Sunset, Amanda Shires, produced by Dave Cobb
The Tree, Lori McKenna, produced by Dave Cobb
The Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine, produced by Dave Cobb
Walk Through Fire, Yola, produced by Dan Auerbach
ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR:
I’m With Her
Our Native Daughters
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The War and Treaty
EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR:
The War and Treaty
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR:
SONG OF THE YEAR:
“By Degrees,” Mark Erelli, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Lori McKenna, Anais Mitchell & Josh Ritter, written by Mark Erelli
“Mockingbird,” Ruston Kelly, written by Ruston Kelly
“People Get Old,” Lori McKenna, written by Lori McKenna
“Summer’s End,” John Prine, written by Pat McLaughlin and John Prine
In addition, the Americana Music Association honors distinguished members of the music community with six member-voted annual awards and with Lifetime Achievement Awards, which will be announced leading up to the event. The Milk Carton Kids and Mavis Staples unveiled this year’s nominations in Nashville.
The winners of each category will be announced during the Americana Honors & Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Americanafest runs from Sept. 10-15. Tickets for the Americana Honors & Awards are currently only available for purchase by Americanafest conference registrants.
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