Off the back of a special nominations launch party held in London’s Soho last night, the official shortlisted nominees for The UMAs 2018 have been announced today.
A 100 strong voting panel of professionals and influencers from across the UK’s music industry (including label A&Rs through to publishers, live agents and music editors) have cast their votes, and from a list of thousands of applicants, this has been streamlined down to 16 categories with five acts in each. Categories include ‘Best Female’, ‘Best Record’ and ‘Best Songwriter’ and category sponsors include Shazam, Ticketmaster, Fastrax, Strange Place, Bimm and Mood Media.
Representing the very best in independent and unsigned UK talent across all genres, the list (in full below) features the likes of Jorja Smith, IDLES, Femme, Dave and Tom Misch.
Following on from 2016’s successful Unsigned Music Awards, UMA Music have teamed up with Live Nation and Europe’s biggest festival for new music, The Great Escape to host the 2018 event. The UMAs will take over the 4,000 capacity Brighton Centre to celebrate the UK’s most innovative and unique unsigned artists. The awards will take place on 16 May 2018 to kick off the 13th edition of The Great Escape.
The Unsigned Music Awards are a televised awards show held annually to recognise the achievements of artists that are not signed to a record deal, who are yet to be discovered or have chosen to remain proudly independent. Whilst some artists choose to stay independent, research suggests that a higher percentage (85% in fact) are on the hunt for major label backing. Aiming to provide an invaluable link between emerging artists and the industry, the UMA’s exist to champion the cause of all their winners and nominees.Five live acts announced so far to perform on night: Mullally, Newton Faulkner, Anavae, Tayla & Foreign Beggers
Simon O’Kelly, CEO of UMA Music Group and the Unsigned Music Award says:
“We are excited to continue the growth of the Unsigned Music Awards as a platform to promote unsigned, self-signed and otherwise emerging artists, around the world. Opening Europe’s largest festival for new music with an award ceremony that recognises only new music makes perfect sense and we can’t think of a more suitable partner to bring this vision to life, than Live Nation.”
Unsigned Music Awards 2018 tickets on sale via Ticketmaster: https://umamusic.com/theumas/
Full category nominations here