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
Delegate passes include AMA-UK Annual Conference, Showcase Festival and Awards. MEMBERS NEED TO LOG IN TO ACCESS MEMBER DISCOUNT. 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 HERE
REGISTER NOW (Members need to be logged in to access the members discount, available to all member types)
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Music Declares a Climate and Ecological Emergency.
We call on governments and media institutions to tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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...
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