UKBlues Awards Events Master of Ceremony Announced
The team at UKBlues Federation who are running the inaugural UKBlues Awards 2018 alluded in last weeks announcement that there was exciting news to follow. They are thrilled and very honoured to announce that Ian Siegal has agreed to take on the role of Master of Ceremonies at the event. The UKBlues Awards presentation event taking place at Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion on Saturday 19th May 2018, tickets for which will be available from 1st January 2018.
Ian is considered by many to be the most compelling British blues artiste since the great names of the sixties.
Classic Rock tags Siegal “a national treasure,” America’s blues bible says “vast talent” and MOJO magazine ranks him “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.” In a career that spans more than 25 years he has taken his music to 45 countries and presided over a trophy haul that includes 14 Awards in various categories and two Mojo Blues Albums of The Year not to mention three US Blues Music Awards nominations – an unprecedented nod for a non-American.
And yet, for all the dizzying achievements in the rear-view mirror, the most important part of any Siegal chronology is always the next show, the next song and the next great record.
Talking about his involvement with the event Ian said: “I’m delighted to be asked to help the UKBlues Federation present the first edition of the UK Blues Awards. This is an important step towards making the awards an internationally recognised standard of excellence. I will see you in Worthing in May to celebrate the UK’s diverse blues talents.”
We are very pleased that Ian has agreed to come on board and his involvement can only help to make this event all the more special and one not to miss.
Keeping you up-to-date about the awards.
Earlier this week the UKBlues Federation launched a sponsorship campaign for the Awards and we are very pleased with the response with 7 of the 17 categories already having been snapped up by sponsors.
Details of all the categories in the Awards can be seen at www.ukbluesawards.com/categories and the UKBlues Federation is keen to hear from anybody interested in becoming involved with the sponsorship of an individual award or of the event itself, there are a number of options available. To find out more, simply drop us a line at email@example.com and we will send you our sponsorship prospectus which gives you full details.
CLOSING DATE TO APPLY TO JOIN UKBLUES AWARDS NOMINATION PANEL DRAWS NEAR
The initial nomination process for the first UKBlues Awards starts in just over a week on 18th December 2017 and will run until 15th January 2018.
Whilst all members of the UKBlues Federation are automatically enrolled in the nomination panel, for non-members, it is not quite too late to seek to be included although the closing date is midnight 15th December 2017.
If anyone would like to be included in the extensive panel of people from across the blues spectrum in the UK involved in the initial nomination stage of the Awards process, they should e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org giving us their name, full postal address, telephone number and the e-mail address with which they wish to register plus a brief outline (no more than 50 words) describing why they wish to join the panel and your background in the blues in the UK.
You don’t have to be a musician, a promoter, a writer, a radio presenter etc. If you love your blues and get out to see bands play whenever you can and buy CDs or downloads of bands’ albums etc. then that means you could be on the panel!
The UKBlues Federation does not undertake to accept every application and their decision will be final and they will not disclose our reasons for accepting or not accepting applications. All applications will be treated as confidential and all members of the nomination panel are required to keep their involvement in the panel confidential.
VOTING PROCESS AUDIT
Finally, as you will see from the Eligibility criteria and Rules that have been drafted to apply to the UKBlues Awards – www.ukbluesawards.com/rules – the UKBlues Federation has gone to great lengths to make sure the voting process for the Awards is robust, open, secure and having integrity.
It has already been advised that the process will be overseen and audited by a completely independent external scrutineer and we are very pleased to announce that a partner in KPMG, a major international professional service company and one of the Big Four auditors, has agreed to take on this role.
The UKBlues Federation would like to thank the partner concerned, whose identity must, for obvious reasons, remain confidential, for agreeing to take on this role.
The UKBlues Federation is a pan-UK organisation that has been established to promote and support Blues in and from the United Kingdom in all its forms and styles.
The UKBlues Federation has created a not for profit federation of musicians, organisations, associations, groups, venues, companies, individuals and any other interested parties within the UK who already work to support, promote and encourage blues of all sorts within the UK, to work together to achieve UKBlues Federation’s aims.
The UKBlues Federation incorporates the British Blues Archive, the foremost historical resource for blues in the UK.
The UKBlues Federation has recently announced the UKBlues Awards which will recognise excellence across the genre in the UK.