Gold Badge Awards 2017

The 44th BASCA Gold Badge Awards took place on Monday 2nd October 2017 at the Savoy hotel, London.  They were sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music and recognise exceptional people who have made a unique contribution to music.

The Gold Badge Awards celebrate the unique contribution of twelve individuals, who have supported or inspired the UK songwriting and composing community. The ceremony will acknowledge contributions to the worlds of jazz, contemporary classical, film & television music, and songwriting. Each individual receiving an award is a game changer, and has made a lasting contribution to the professional lives of the community BASCA represents.

Launched in 1974 to acknowledge those in the music industry who support or promote the work of songwriters and composers, The Gold Badge Awards have recognised over 500 outstanding individuals to date. Gold Badge Award recipients for 2017 were :

Gary Crosby OBE

Gary Crosby has consistently been at the forefront of the British jazz scene throughout a career that so far spans more than 40 years. He was a founder member of the seminal Jazz Warriors in the 1980s. As founder of the award-winning bands, Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop and Jazz Jamaica, he has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected bassists and band leaders whilst, as founder and Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors, he has supported hundreds of aspiring young jazz artists to fulfil their potential.

Many of today’s most celebrated jazz artists owe much of their early career success to Crosby’s willingness to put not only his faith but also his time, energy and resources into giving them time and space to develop. Gary was awarded an OBE for Services to Music in 2009 and in 2012 received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Music Education.

Susanna Eastburn

Susanna Eastburn is the Chief Executive of Sound and Music, the national charity for new music in the UK.

This is the latest senior appointment in a career that has included being Director, Music at Arts Council England from 2008 to 2012 and Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival from 2000 to 2004.

Her background and particular interest is in new music and in supporting composers at different times in their career. In September 2013 she was elected to the Board of the International Association of Music Information Centres, where she was also President until October 2016. She is on the Board of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a Trustee of Trinity College London, as well as being a member of The Queen’s Medal for Music Committee.

Michael Gibbs

After studying in the US Michael Gibbs settled in England, playing trombone for Graham Collier and John Dankworth and subsequently recording a series of highly acclaimed and influential albums featuring many of the most prominent British-based players who were beginning to flirt with jazz/rock.

In the early 70’s he won several Melody Maker Awards, including First Composer, Best Big Band, Musician of the Year, First Arranger and his own album In the Public Interest was voted Best Album of 1974.

Gibbs returned to Berklee College of Music where he’d studied, as a tutor and composer-in-residence from 1974-83. In 1983 he left to freelance as an arranger and producer, and worked with Michael Mantler, Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel, and Sister Sledge among many others. He has been an enormous influence on British jazz as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and educator.

Tim Ingham

Tim Ingham founded Music Business Worldwide (MBW) in 2015. The site’s news, insight and analysis have quickly developed into essential reading for professionals across the global music industry – from those in studios to those in executive corner offices.

Tim is a well-known music industry commentator and was editor of UK trade title Music Week for four years before stepping down in late 2014. He has written about the music industry for the likes of The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, The Daily Mail and NME.

In 2014, Tim was named one of the world’s 500 Most Influential Britons – and one of the 20 most influential British music execs – by The Sunday Times & Debrett’s. Outside of MBW, Tim is a Non-Exec Director of IMPEL (Independent Music Publishers e-Licensing), which enables independent music publishers to collectively license their Anglo-American mechanical digital rights on a pan-European basis.

Sarah Liversedge

Sarah Liversedge set up her own independent music publishing company, BDi Music, in 2004. She is also Director of A&R at Bucks Music Group as well as Co-Director of The Movement London, a co-venture publishing company with multi platinum selling producer, Jake Gosling. Sarah develops the careers of unbeatable, innovative and creative artists, producers and songwriters most notably, Amy Wadge, Jake Gosling, comedian Ricky Gervais, Laura Mvula’s producer Troy Miller, indie pop sensations The Magic Gang, rising artist Novo Amor and Irish songstress Ailbhe Reddy.

Sarah is a member of the Music Publishers Association‘s Pop Publisher’s Committee and is one of the key industry advisers on the PRS Foundation Momentum Fund. In 2014 she was elected onto the Roll of Honour of Music Week’s Women In Music Awards, and as a publisher Sarah has collected two ASCAP awards.

Paulette Long OBE

Paulette Long joined Westbury Music in 1988 working within all areas of publishing. She also set up Long Term Management representing 2B3 Productions and became a director of Westbury Music in 2003. In an advocacy and advisory capacity Paulette contributes to numerous boards throughout the music industry. She has sat on the Board of the Music Publishers Association since 2004; took up the role of Trustee of the PRS Foundation in 2005, serving as Vice Chair from 2012 to 2016 and is now a PRS Foundation Ambassador. In 2008 Paulette was elected to the Board of PRS, and since 2014 has been a Trustee of the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund.

She is a founding member of ADMM (The Alliance for Diversity in Music and Media) who successfully created the UK music industry’s first Diversity Charter (formally adopted by UK Music). She is Deputy Chair of the UK Music Diversity Task Force and is Co-chair of the BPI Diversity Committee (specifically focused on the Brits). In 2016 Paulette received an OBE for services to the music industry.

Steve Parr

In 1990 he founded studio Hear No Evil in West Kensington. During this time he earned a solid reputation as a pioneer of music surround sound holding seminars in Europe & USA and winning industry awards for his mixes including one for his live 96k/6.1 recording Reich at the Roxy. He has recorded and mixed over 500 scores for film and television, many of them in surround including his mix of Who Are You which was used as the title music for US crime series CSI.

He was sound producer for Concert for Nelson Mandela at Wembley in 1988 and John Lennon 50th Anniversary in Liverpool in 1990, both live television broadcasts. He was also producer of albums for The Secret Policeman’s Ball for Amnesty International.

Steve has been a regular contributor to Sound on Sound and Studio Sound magazines and in 2005 was elected Vice Chairman of the Music Producer’s Guild.

Maggie Rodford

Maggie Rodford is Managing Director of the Air-Edel Group, incorporating one of the world’s leading music publishing and production companies, representing composers worldwide.

Maggie works closely with composers, negotiating contracts, producing, music supervising and co-ordinating music recordings. She has worked as music producer, coordinator and supervisor on many high profile projects including 100’s of commercials and games, film and tv scores.

Maggie served as a PRS Director for many years and was an active member of the PRS Executive Board. Maggie was a member of the BAFTA Film committee for four years and is currently the Chairman of the BAFTA Archive, Heritage & Exhibitions Committee. In 2004, Maggie was presented with The Malaika Award in recognition of her work with the African Children’s Choir and in 2012 Maggie was awarded an APRS Fellowship.

This award is presented in association with PRS for Music.

Emeli Sandé MBE

Emeli Sandé released her debut record, Our Version Of Events, in 2012. Not only was it the biggest selling album of 2012 and second biggest selling album of 2013, but it was also certified 7x platinum, spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No.1 and exceeded The Beatles’ previous record by spending 63 consecutive weeks in the top 10 and selling over 4.6 million copies worldwide. Sandé has won numerous accolades including four BRIT Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards.

The multi-instrumentalist initially made her mark as a songwriter in the UK urban scene via acts such as Wiley, Wretch 32 and Chip, later becoming a highly sought-after writer for a wide array of international acts including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

Sandé returned last November with Long Live the Angels, the critically acclaimed album that achieved the biggest week one sales for a British female solo artist in 2016. At the 2017 BRIT Awards she gave a stunning performance of Hurts and received her fourth BRIT award for Best Female Solo Artist, the second time she’s won the award.

This award is presented in association with PPL.

George Vass

George Vass made his professional conducting debut in 1979. He has appeared at many of the UK’s major concert halls and festivals, and has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Channel 4. He has made over thirty commercial recordings.

Over the last twenty-five years he has commissioned and premiered new work from such eminent composers as Sally Beamish, Martin Butler, Gabriel Jackson, Paweł Łukaszewski, David Matthews, John McCabe, Cecilia McDowall, Paul Patterson, Joseph Phibbs, Robert Saxton, Peter Sculthorpe, Huw Watkins, Adrian Williams and Hugh Wood.

Vass has been artistic director of the Prestigne Festival since 1992, having also directed the Hampstead and Highgate Festival (2004-09). He is currently artistic director of Nova Music Opera and Orchestra Nova, is music director of St Albans Choral Society and chair of the British Arts Festivals Association.

Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware founded The Human League in 1977 and formed production company/label British Electric Foundation and Heaven 17 in 1980.

He has written, performed and produced two Human League, five BEF and nine Heaven 17 studio albums. As record producer and artist he has featured on recordings totaling over 50 million sales worldwide – producing Tina Turner, Terence Trent D’Arby, Chaka Khan, Erasure, Marc Almond and Mavis Staples.

Ware founded Illustrious Co. Ltd with Vince Clarke in 2000 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique three-dimensional sound technology practice in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts and corporate clients around the world. He also lectures extensively on music production, technology, and creativity at universities and colleges across the world. He has just been appointed the first ambassador for the international NGO In Place Of War, and is a board member and trustee for the charity Street Sports Hope in Sierra Leone. He has also recently been appointed as Principal of Tileyard Education.

Jon Webster

Jon Webster spent the early part of his career at Richard Branson’s Virgin Group initially Virgin Retail where he researched the Virgin Megastore concept before its launch in London. In 1981 Jon moved to the record label working in sales, marketing and international before becoming Managing Director in 1988.

Jon was instrumental in the founding of the Now! That’s What I Call Music brand which has sold over 100 million units worldwide. He has been a manager, founded the Mercury Music Prize, worked for the BPI before leaving in 2007 to take up the role of CEO of the Music Managers Forum. Jon was elected President in 2016 and stepped down in May 2017 to pursue a number of external projects.

The 44th BASCA Gold Badge Awards took place on Monday 2nd October 2017 at the Savoy hotel in London from 11.30am to 4.30pm. The ceremony was hosted by Guy Fletcher OBE and sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music.

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