A team of Monkeys helped our friends at the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) ensure a star-studded awards ceremony went off without a hitch this week.
The Artist and Manager Awards 2012, held at The Troxy in Shoreditch, was organised by the FAC and the Music Managers Forum and celebrated the success of collaborative partnerships between musicians and their managers over the past 12 months.
Kylie Minogue was on hand to present a lifetime achievement award to her manager Terry Blamey, while Zane Lowe and Plan B were among others who picked up gongs on the night. There were several star-struck Monkeys as the winners mingled with an audience of family, friends and colleagues afterwards, though reported sightings of Johnny Depp and Ronnie Wood proved unfounded.
We invited a number of influential journalists from UK music mags, and set up interviews with some of the industry’s top names, including FAC member Dave Rowntree, of Blur.
The event was a huge success, and a fitting way to reward the efforts of people who have had a positive, significant impact on the music industry. Kylie’s tears when presenting her manager’s award showed the incredible bond artists and managers can share – they have been working together since she was just 19 years old – and her amazing career is testament to the success these partnerships can foster.
The FAC campaigns for the protection of UK performers’ and musicians’ rights. They want all artists to have more control of their music and a much fairer share of the profits it generates in the digital age. They speak with one voice to help artists strike a new bargain with record companies, digital distributors and others, and are campaigning for specific changes.
If you would like to hear more about the FAC and their work, please feel free to drop us line.
Jack McCormick, Copywriter Monkey