BMA 2020

Nominations will open in November 2019

Music Network Monthly

Music Network Monthly



October’s Music Network Monthly looks set to be a MONSTER, as we partner ‘Jack Daniels Presents’ for the first time ever.  And since JD want to party ‘til late, not only will we have a stellar line-up of live performances from Brum’s newest and brightest, but The Clause frontman Pearce Macca is taking to the decks to treat us all into the early hours !!

So join us at Mama Roux’s on Thursday 17th October to rub shoulders/create opportunities with Record Labels, Songwriters, Producers, Managers, Radio/TV, Legals, Publishers, Agents and Press, whilst we showcase the hottest artists in the city.  Grab a few JDs, sample great street food from the awesome Digbeth Dining Club, and enjoy performances from an amazing line up. Acts this time include the tremendous:


Paper Buoys



The Pagans S.O.H

MeMe Detroit




Sean Duggan


For any enquiries please contact





CD Baby


CD Baby gets independent artists paid weekly for their music in all the ways musicians earn money today: streaming, downloads, video monetisation, physical sales, publishing royalties, sync licensing and more. Over the past two decades, it has grown to become the largest global distributor of independent music, the largest publishing rights administrator in the world, one of the most trusted names in the industry, and the go-to educational resource on topics such as music marketing, rights management and more. CD Baby is proud to work on behalf of 750,000 recording artists worldwide, helping them build a better bridge between their creativity and the revenue sources they need to start a successful career in music. In 2018, CD Baby opened their first UK & European office in London.


CD Baby are a headline sponsor of The Birmingham Music Awards 2019 and are looking to work with the new music talent of Birmingham over the year ahead. As a commitment to that support, they have awarded an enhanced bursary package worth over £4,000 to each of this year’s fifteen BMA Rising Star category nominees. This includes digital distribution, publishing administration, artist services, Spotify advertising spend, digital marketing support and more.


Rising Star nominees have until September 30th to claim this package.




Congratulations to:

  • 184
  • Darcy Holmes
  • Death by Stampede
  • Ellisha Green
  • George Pannell
  • Hunger Moon
  • Joe Dolman
  • Mayday
  • The NU
  • Rhianna Keane
  • Sam Hollis
  • Sean Duggan
  • Sorry Grace
  • The Verse
  • Vincent Darby


For access to the package above, email with the subject ‘BMAs Rising Star’


Anyone else can also get access to a free CD Baby submission by emailing with the subject ‘BMAs Free Single’.


awards for birmingham

Welcome to the BMAs: An initiative to bring together and recognise the achievements of musicians and industry professionals across the Midlands.

Birmingham is steeped in rich musical heritage, bursting with talent, education institutions and some of the best live music venues in the world, yet the city never seems to get the recognition it deserves. We’re here to change that by helping to build a Birmingham music community that supports local musicians, provides music infrastructure and enables ongoing Birmingham music success.

So we call out to everyone who lives and breathes music in this city – join us, mail us, spread the word, enter the Awards, work with us, get involved. We all need each other to make this happen.

The awards ceremony itself aims to put Birmingham on the map as a must-attend event for musicians and fans. We aim to reward the achievements of all those responsible for our music landscape, to provide a platform for emerging artists, to introduce people and broker the great collaborations of the future.


Headline Sponsor


We are proud to announce CD Baby as headline sponsor of The Birmingham Music Awards 2019. This is a massive nod for the BMA team and the music talent in Birmingham.

CD Baby’s UK Director of Market Development, Rich Orchard, said:

CD Baby is committed to serving independent artists worldwide, and having opened our first UK office last summer, we are delighted to sponsor The BMAs in 2019 and to support, and work more closely with the music talent of Birmingham over the year ahead.

As a commitment to that support, CD Baby are offering distribution and publishing administration to all BMA 2019 nominees, as well as an enhanced bursary package to this year’s ‘Rising Star’ category nominees, which includes artist services, advertising spend and digital marketing support to a total value of £60,000. We look forward to helping bring through the next generation of Birmingham artists, and putting them on the global map.”

BMA Co-Founder Jo Jeffries said:

“We are thrilled to have the support of CD Baby. The opportunities they are offering Birmingham artists will make such a huge difference and that is exactly what the Awards were set up to deliver.”

Co-Director Simon Pitt said:

“There are so many reasons to be excited about being a musician in Birmingham right now; the whole creative landscape is changing, the urban scene is exploding, key music education providers such as ACM and BIMM have moved in and we want to add to the momentum and recognise the achievements and talents of so many.  Working alongside a distro heavyweight in CD Baby is a massive boost.”




Industry veteran, friend to the stars and all-round great bloke, Birmingham-born John Saunderson is the day to day contact for all writers working with global independent publisher Notting Hill Music, pitching songs worldwide to major and independent labels.
Ace is the guitarist in UK rock phenomenon Skunk Anansie. Formed in 1994, they went on to be one of the biggest rock bands in Britain and Europe throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s, selling over 6 million records and playing sold-out world tours. They still continue to tour today and release new music through their own independent record label.

Ace is also the proud Head of Creative Industry Development at Academy of Contemporary Music.

Recently signed to SONY, Birmingham born, multi-talented artist, Dapz OTM is more than your average Grime MC. He has a philosophy towards his art that moves the listener and has gained him the respect of fans, artists and media alike.
Dapz OTM has had a steady rise up the ranks in the urban UK music scene with national radio play on BBC Radio 1xtra, and other specialist stations such as Rinse FM.
He made his debut appearance in the festival scene performing at the Great Escape Festival, before going on to do other major festivals.  Dapz supported the likes of Kano and Skepta on tour before going on to selling out his first headline show at the O2 Academy Birmingham.
Having being involved in the Birmingham music scene for several years, Kez set up Hey Honey back in 2015 whilst running his award-winning club night ‘Club L’amour’.
Now offering Events, PR & Social Media for local acts and various entertainment companies, Kez also manages local favourites Riscas, who were recently chosen as BBC Radio 1’s Artist of the Week.
Now Principal of BIMM Birmingham, Antony is an asset to the city’s music landscape. Prior to his work in education, Antony was technical manager at the legendary Mayfair Recording Studios, working with many chart-topping artists including Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse, U2, Kylie, Travis, Supergrass and songwriter, Guy Chambers. He went freelance in 2003 to develop studios for Coldplay and other artists. Having been an artist himself, as both a guitarist and songwriter, he continues to write and develop unsigned artists.
Multi-instrumentalist, Musical Director and Producer Iwan is a world-respected musician who has worked with the likes of Sister Sledge and The Pointer Sisters. He has been a member of the Brooklyn Funk Essentials for nearly twenty years and we are privileged that he has chosen Birmingham as his base. He has a world class recording facility in the Jewellery Quarter.
Jonny Amos is a Songwriter and Producer signed to TG-Management and has penned songs for UK X Factor winner Shayne Ward, Miss D (Number #1 in Portugal for six weeks), Maria Lawson, amongst many others. Jonny has worked as a session musician for acts such as Don Henley (The Eagles) and All Saints, and was a recording artist himself for thirteen years. He is also the Creative Director of Birmingham-based pop production company The SongLab.
Meldra is a singer songwriter, wife to Jonny Amos, and co-founder/managing director at ‘The SongLab.’  A household name in her native Latvia, Meldra has been a successful pop artist since the age of 15 and is testament to Birmingham, proudly basing herself here for home and work.
Shekayla is a freelance Creative Producer and cross – arts Project Manager and Mentor specialising in live music festivals, events and touring. She has worked on an array of national and international cultural projects working with many household UK Artists.
She continues to work with artists providing a range of services including artist development, consultancy and produces events under her brand CUBE that provides a space for music creatives to learn about the music industry and build practical skills. Shekayla strives to create and present work that is socially relevant while raising the visibility of groups that are both underrepresented and misrepresented.
Kieron Pepper is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer; previously performing and recording with the likes of: The Prodigy / Paul Hartnoll (Orbital) / Ginger Wildheart / Dead Kids and touring extensively across Russia in live improvised collaborations with EDM DJs. Currently performing and recording with Radiophonic Workshop and Sleeper. Kieron has a PGCertHE in Teaching and Learning and has been in Music Education for 15 years, and is the Head of Artist Development at the Academy of Contemporary Music.
Sue is a renowned radio plugger who has worked for all the major record companies including Jive, Sony, Virgin and V2 with many of the biggest artists in the world. She now works freelance across radio and television at Plug and Play and is also Head Of Radio at Ditto Music.
Jack launched TOTAL UPRAWR in Birmingham seven years ago on a mission to create the most infamous nightclubs in Europe. UPRAWR now has 5* rehearsal studios, two venues and an internationally renowned publishing company. All before he hit 25.
Jo started her career in music as an original member of pop girlband Atomic Kitten twenty years ago. Recording and publishing deals followed; she had a number 5 with Darude in 2001 and wrote songs for artists including Holly Valance and Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus. Since then she has extended her experience to radio, television and talent management.

Birmingham born & bred, rapper Lady Sanity’s hard hitting flows have earned her a string of accolades including GRM Daily’s ‘Get Rated’ (2017), Birmingham Music Awards’ ‘Best Solo Female’ (2018), and Urban Music Awards’ ‘One To Watch’ (2018).

After playing Glastonbury, BoomBap Festival, The Great Escape, MADE and Shardfest, and supporting Hip-Hop heavies KRS-one, Lowkey & Roxanne Shante, Sanity embarked on her first UK tour, culminating in a hometown sell-out.

She also proudly represented Birmingham at the 2018 Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Australia, and has the world at her feet moving into 2019.

Rohit is a programmer, producer and musician deeply involved in the Birmingham music scene. Having helped form and direct student record label New Street Records, Rohit now works for THSH and Jazzlines helping to develop the next generation of musicians, artists and producers as well as championing the best of Birmingham’s existing artists, ensuring that the diversity of talent in the city is always shouted about.