Great news if you're a producer - the BPI have reinstated the Producer of the Year award to the Brits. And they've smartly worked out that the simplest way of deciding who gets the trophy is to give it to the winner of the highly respected Music Producers Guild Producer of the Year.
Which is where you come in, as the Music Producers Guild awards are open to the public.
The inaugural 2009 Music Producers Guild Awards, which will take place on February 12th 2009, aim to highlight and reward the creative talent and technical ability of the UK´s music producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers and programmers. There are 13 categories in total, including Producer of the Year, Recording Engineer of the Year, Best Mixer, Best Mastering Engineer and the Joe Meek Award for Innovation in Production.
Nominations for the Music Producers Guild Awards are now open and can be accessed here. Anyone, including non-Music Producers Guild members, can nominate individuals (including themselves) for a particular award. The Music Producers Guild´s voting members will draw up short lists from the nominations in each category and these will be judged by an official judging panel consisting of record industry experts including producers, engineers, artists, artist managers, A&R representatives, music journalists and radio presenters. Phew.
For more info on the Music Producers Guild check them out. here
The closing day is nearly upon us so to make sure you're in with a shot of winning (or to ensure that you're favourite talent walks away with the prize, best get involved now. Cheers!