This November, Manchester will host the first ever Northern Music Awards, created by Nordoff & Robbins to recognise and celebrate the best musical talent across the North of England.
The event will be held in a different northern city every year, with a range of categories to honour artists, festivals, venues and industry figures from the region.
The 2023 event will be held on Thursday 30th November at Aviva Studios, Manchester’s new hub for arts, music and culture, and fittingly home to the world-renowned Factory International.
While most of the award winners will be revealed on the night, Nordoff & Robbins have confirmed the inaugural winner of the Industry Icon Award, scooped by Michael Adex, founder and CEO of Manchester-based talent management company, NQ.
Nadra Shah, Director of Engagement and Communications at Nordoff & Robbins commented: “We are thrilled to honour Michael Adex for his enormous contribution to the success of so much thriving musical talent emerging from the North. Fundamental to the success of Michael’s artists – including the multi-award-winning Aitch – is their ability to connect with their audience.
“Our aim is to support and help to grow the eco system of Northern musicians whilst shining a light on the transformative work we do with music therapy, to connect with some of the region’s most isolated communities. We are immensely proud of the work we do in the North, next year we will be celebrating 20 years since we started delivering music therapy in Manchester.”
The Special Recognition Award winner has also been revealed as Spice Girls’ icon, Melanie C, who Nordoff & Robbins have confirmed as one of the evening’s live performers, with ticket sales from the event going towards a dedicated music therapy centre in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Nordoff & Robbins have also donated half of Skiddle’s sponsorship money to the Music Venue Trust, so not only will the NMAs be an unforgettable evening of recognition and entertainment, but it will also be chairtable and beneficial to local communities.
A VIP drinks reception will be held for music industry guests, followed by the public awards event. Premium tables will be available to book in advance.
Find out more here: Northern Music Awards – Nordoff and Robbins (nordoff-robbins.org.uk).
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