Artist & Manager Awards 2018 FINAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

08 November 2018

Kano to receive the Pioneer Award, Carol Crabtree, Solar Management, wins Writer/Producer Manager Award, in association with Songtrust and final tickets now available for next Wednesday November 14th 

Thursday 8th November 

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) are delighted to reveal the final recipients for the 2018 Artist & Manager Awards (A&MAs), withKano to receive the Pioneer Award and Solar Management’s Carol Crabtree to pick up the Award for Writer/Producer Manager.

The A&MAs was established to celebrate achievements in the UK’s artist and management community.

This year’s ceremony will take place at a new venue – the Bloomsbury Big Top, 93 Guildford St, WC1N 1DN – on the evening of Wednesday November 14th. The final remaining tickets can be booked here.

As one of grime’s founding figures, Kano has been at the forefront of UK musical culture for an incredible 15 years. Without compromise, he has helped take a ferociously independent genre to a wider audience. From early breakthrough tracks like Boys Love Girls and P’s & Q’s through to the 2016 Mercury-nominated (and Mobo-winning) “Made In The Manor” album, Kano has consistently pushed his music forward – remaining an authentic and hugely influential voice, while collaborating with the likes of Damon Albarn, Chase & Status, Fraser T. Smith and Craig David, and even breaking into film and TV work.

Previous recipients of the Pioneer Award include Amanda Palmer, Ruth Daniel, Imogen Heap and Giggs, Michael ‘Buck’ Maris & Trenton Harrison-Lewis.

Lucie Caswell, CEO, FAC said:

“The Pioneer Award is given to genuine influencers. To someone who took the risk of committing to individual creative goals; pushing against the grain and becoming a catalyst for new music cultures. To me, this is what authenticity and music are all about. Kano has consistently shown unwavering dedication and real graft, in cutting a path for his own sound, inspiring others and putting him at the forefront of grime for 15 years. He has made an impact on the underground, the mainstream and a generation. The FAC are really delighted to celebrate his successes as a pioneer.”

Carol Crabtree, founder of Solar Management, will also be awarded next Wednesday for Writer/Producer Manager. The award is sponsored by Songtrust, the royalty collection technology platform for music business professionals.

A hugely popular recipient and long-time MMF member, Carol established Solar 25 years ago and still represents a pre-eminent roster of producers and writers, including those who have contributed to some of our era’s most important recordings, such as Nigel Godrich, Dan Grech-Marguerat David Holmes, David Wrench, Kieran Hebden, Matthew Herbert, Sally Herbert, Leo Abrahams, Seton Daunt and Henry Binns.

Overseeing a twelve-strong team, Carol has dedicated the previous six years to volunteering her time to the MMF board, mentoring younger managers, and lending her vast industry knowledge to the development of the organisation and its campaigns.

Annabella Coldrick, CEO, MMF, said:

“Carol Crabtree is an absolute legend. For almost three decades, she has represented some of the world’s most influential producers and writers. That alone would be testament to her immense capabilities and personality, but as a previous MMF board member and Custodian she has also exhibited a boundless generosity to help support and mentor a new generation. We are delighted to help shine a light on her many achievements.”

Previous recipients of the Writer/Producer Manager Award include Jackie Davidson, Zita McQ and Jill Hollywood.

As previously announced, other winners at the 2018 Artist & Manager Awards will be:

  • Modest! Management – The Peter Grant Award For Lifetime Achievement, in association with SJM Concerts
  • Guy Garvey – The Artists’ Artist Award
  • Dua Lipa – Artist of the Year, in association with Deezer
  • Closer Artists – Manager of the Year, in association with YouTube Music
  • Jamie Oborne – Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Kilimanjaro Live & DHP Family – The FanFair Alliance Outstanding Contribution To Live Music

Winners of the Breakthrough Artist and Breakthrough Manager awards will be announced on the night, as will recipient of the Unsung Hero Award.

Small Green Shoots have been named as the A&MAs official charity partner and will benefit from proceeds of a silent auction.

For more details about table bookings or tickets, please email or visit


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