Women in Music 2016

Production Music Association Announces Inaugural Mark Awards

The production music space now has its own awards ceremony. 

The inaugural Mark Awards will celebrate excellence in production music and will take place Sept. 9, at the Directors Guild of America headquarters in L.A., organizers the Production Music Association (PMA) announced today. 

A panel of industry professionals will guide the judging process on 17 categories for the first annual event, which is open to PMA and non-PMA members. Awards will be handed out in such categories as best dance track, best hip-hop track and best rock track and there’ll be a Hall of Fame Award and an Ambassador Award handed out on the night.

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The Mark Awards takes its name from the late Andy Mark, who was a music library owner and a founding member of the PMA, which was founded in 1997 and comprises more than 675 members, including music publishers, composers and industry professionals.

“Production music has long been the sonic lifeblood of so many audiovisual productions,” notes PMA executive director Hunter Williams in a statement, “ranging from television programs to promotional campaigns to major theatrical releases. With its proliferation across the gamut of media productions and distribution channels, companies responsible for the contribution of production music to the creative process have never before had their own awards event.” Hunter adds, “These people and companies are truly worthy of long-overdue recognition – thus the establishment of the Mark Awards.”

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The first Mark Awards will be held coincide with the PMA’s second annual Production Music Conference (PMC). For more information, visit PMAMusic.com.