The Awards Categories 2021

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UK Producer Of The Year

For a producer for qualifying productions as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

This person has overall creative and technical control of the entire recording project and the individual recording sessions that are a part of that project. He or she is present in the recording studio or at the location recording, and works directly with the artist and engineer. The producer makes creative and aesthetic decisions that realise both the artist's and label's goals in the creation of the musical content. Other duties include but are not limited to: keeping budgets and schedules, adhering to deadlines, hiring musicians, singers, studios and engineers.

UK Writer-Producer Of The Year

For a producer of qualifying productions as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

 This person will have produced AND written or co-written the nominated song(s) but they must NOT be the featured artist for any of the recordings. He or she has significant creative and technical input into the individual recording or production sessions that are a part of the project. As producer, they will make creative and aesthetic decisions that realise both the artist's and/or label's goals in the creation of the musical content. Other duties may include: keeping budgets and schedules, adhering to deadlines, hiring musicians, singers, studios and engineers. The following credits are eligible: ProducerCo-ProducerAdditional ProductionVocal production. The following credits are NOT eligible for Producer categories: Executive Producer, Assistant Producer, Associate Producer. Additionally, the person must hold a confirmed writing credit on the project, which may be shared with other contributors. The following credits are eligible: Written by, Co-written byLyrics by, ComposerLyricist.

Breakthrough Producer Of The Year

For a producer for qualifying productions as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

This person has overall creative and technical control of the entire recording project and the individual recording sessions that are a part of that project. He or she is present in the recording studio or at the location recording, and works directly with the artist and engineer. The producer makes creative and aesthetic decisions that realise both the artist's and label's goals in the creation of the musical content. Other duties include but are not limited to: keeping budgets and schedules, adhering to deadlines, hiring musicians, singers, studios and engineers.

This person should have achieved significantly increased recognition during the current year.

Self-Producing Artist Of The Year

For a producer for qualifying productions as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

Projects must have been produced solely by the featured artist.

This person has overall creative and technical control of the entire recording project and the individual recording sessions that are a part of that project. The producer makes creative and aesthetic decisions that realise the goals in the creation of the musical content. Other duties include but are not limited to: keeping budgets and schedules, adhering to deadlines, hiring musicians, singers, studios and engineers.

Recording Engineer Of The Year

For an engineer for qualifying productions as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

This person is present in the recording studio or at the location recording, and is responsible for the process of recording a project and associated  technical issues and decisions. He or she operates (or oversees the operation of) the equipment during the recording process and makes creative and aesthetic choices in order to realise the sound and concepts the artist and producer envisage.

The engineer must have recorded all of the releases under consideration.

Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year

For an engineer for qualifying productions as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

This person is present in the recording studio, or at another recording or mixing location, and is responsible for the process of recording and/or mixing a project and associated technical issues and decisions. He or she operates (or oversees the operation of) the equipment during the recording or mixing process and makes creative and aesthetic choices in order to realise the sound and concepts the artist and producer envisage.

This person should have achieved significantly increased recognition during the current year and must have recorded and/or mixed all of the releases under consideration.

Mix Engineer Of The Year

For an engineer for qualifying productions as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

The mixer must have mixed all of the releases under consideration.

This person is responsible for taking previously recorded material and creating a mixdown of the original separate tracks to create a finished product (either stereo or multi-channel) that can then be mastered and distributed.

Mastering Engineer Of The Year

For an engineer for qualifying productions as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

The mastering engineer must have been responsible for the processing and preparation of production masters for commercial releases.

Re-mixer Of The Year

For qualifying productions as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

This person is responsible for taking previously recorded material and creating a completely new version of the track using what are generally understood to be "re-mixing" studio techniques.

UK Album Of The Year

For qualifying productions available for purchase as a physical product or as a download as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

UK Single Song Release Of The Year

For qualifying productions available for purchase as a physical product or as a download as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

Studio Of The Year

For qualifying productions available for purchase as a physical product, streamed as a commercial product or as a download as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

A maximum of 3 trophies will be presented to the producer, engineer and mixer.

For an album or release that contains a minimum of 51% Original Compositions featured in a complete or edited form in a cinematicbroadcast or streamed release and not previously released in any other format. A maximum of three awards will be presented for ProducerRecording Engineer and Mixer, at least 50% of whom must be either UK passport holders or be able to satisfy the Statutory Residency Test. In the event there is no credited Producer the Producers Award can be presented to the Composer. For the avoidance of doubt, a score release may contain individual songs but at least 51% of the running time must be an original score. For this purpose  'score' may be any music that is used to accompany picture that is not a standalone, vocal-led song, although it may contain vocals. Soundtracks of filmed live performances are not eligible.

UK Original Score Recording Of The Year

For qualifying productions available for purchase as a physical product, streamed as a commercial product or as a download as defined below ("Definitions of Eligibility").

A maximum of 3 trophies will be presented to the producer, engineer and mixer.

For an album or release that contains a minimum of 51% Original Compositions featured in a complete or edited form in a cinematicbroadcast or streamed release and not previously released in any other format. A maximum of three awards will be presented for ProducerRecording Engineer and Mixer, at least 50% of whom must be either UK passport holders or be able to satisfy the Statutory Residency Test. In the event there is no credited Producer the Producers Award can be presented to the Composer. For the avoidance of doubt, a score release may contain individual songs but at least 51% of the running time must be an original score. For this purpose  'score' may be any music that is used to accompany picture that is not a standalone, vocal-led song, although it may contain vocals. Soundtracks of filmed live performances are not eligible.

The MPG Inspiration Award

This is awarded by the Music Producers Guild Awards Committee and will be presented to a person working in production in recognition of abody of work over several years which has significantly inspired others.

PPL Present The MPG Award For Outstanding Contribution To UK Music, sponsored by PPL

This is awarded by the Music Producers Guild Awards Committee and will be presented to a person who had made an outstanding contribution to the music industry.

The MPG Special Recognition Award

This is awarded by the Music Producers Guild Awards Committee and will be presented to a person who has been afforded Special Recognition for their activities within the UK music industry.

Definitions of Eligibility