PMA launches Production Music Awards


The non-profit Production Music Association (PMA), a leading advocate and voice of
the production music community, has announced its first Annual Mark Awards for
Excellence in Production Music. The inaugural event will take place on 9 September 2015, at the Directors Guild of America headquarters in Los
Angeles. The PMA is comprised of over 675 members, including music publishers,
composers, and industry professionals.

Named in honour of the late Andy Mark, who was a music library owner and a
founding member of the PMA, the Mark Awards will recognise the very best in
production music in 17 categories. Entries for submissions for the first annual Mark
Awards are open to both PMA and non-PMA members. For details on the
submissions process, visit the PMA website.

The PMA has assembled an independent group of industry professionals, culled from
executives working within TV networks, ad agencies, promo departments, trailer
companies and licensing organisations, to facilitate the submissions, judging and
final selection of Mark Awards winners.

PMA executive director Hunter Williams said, “Production music has long been the
sonic lifeblood of so many audio-visual productions, ranging from television
programmes, 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. These people and
companies are truly worthy of long-overdue recognition – thus the establishment of
the Mark Awards.’

The categories for the First Annual Mark Awards are:

Best Production Music Track

Defined as an original or arranged track released for licensing in the respective
genre for which relevance is ascribed by keywords and/or meta-tags containing that genre name. Awards will be given to the best track in each of the following

Best Ambient Track
Best Dance Track
Best Electronic Track
Best Hip Hop Track
Best Jazz Track
Best Orchestral Track
Best Rock Track
Best Vocal Track
Best World Track

Best Use of Production Music

Defined as the uniquely effective use of an original or arranged library track that
compellingly enhances the visual storytelling of the respective production type.

Awards will be given to the best track in each of the following production

Best use of Production Music in Commercial Advertisement
Best use of Production Music in Full-Length Theatrical Film
Best use of Production Music in On-Air Promo
Best use of Production Music in Theatrical Film Trailer
Best use of Production Music as Theme Song in TV Programme
Best Use of Production Music as Underscore in TV Programme

The Hall of Fame Award

The first Hall of Fame Mark Award will be given to an individual of a current or pre-existing production music library whose work has made significant contributions
towards the advancement of the production music industry.

The Ambassador Award

The first Ambassador Mark Award will be given to an individual from any field who
has devoted exceptional service towards ensuring a thriving and sustainable
production music industry.


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