In an invitation only awards ceremony held at the Backbeat bar on Auckland’s K’Rd tonight (Wed 16thMay), around a hundred industry guests including some of New Zealand’s best music managers got together to celebrate some standout successes from last year.
Teresa Patterson of CRS Management scored the prestigious ‘Manager of the Year” award for her management skills reflecting in her artists Six60, I Am Giant and Iva Lamkum’s rapid success in 2011. She also took out the top prize for ‘Best Independent Tour’ recognising the extra work required to put together several of Six60’s tours throughout the year which have culminated in her and the band currently being on a two month world tour.
Haddon Smith guided indie artist Annah Mac’s sweet single “Girl in the Stillettos” all the way to platinum - earning him this years award for “Break Through Manager” & Ingrid Bennie’s lateral thinking, saw her pick up the newly established “Outside the Box” category for the idea to create a David Dallas pop up store in Ponsonby to coincide with his album release.
Nominated for the first year ever, Cushla Aston took home the ‘Upcoming Manager” award for her work with The Thomas Oliver Band, Rio Hemopo & Cornerstone Roots while Patu Colbert got the thumbs up as “Self Managed Artist” for his amazing effort for managing roots reggae favorites 1814 as well as being the bands guitarist.
Another first were the awards voted exclusively by members of the MMF – “Best Venue” went to the picturesque Leigh Sawmill and the Industry Champion award was given to the “NZ Music Commission” who continue to advocate, champion and support the New Zealand Music Industry.
Veteran music managers, Paul McKessar & Campbell Smith from CRS Management were crowned with the “International Achievement” award the second year running recognising the continued international progress of their artists The Naked and Famous and Brooke Fraser.
Tim Youngson & Scott Maclachlan, managers for dub step super group Mt Eden, were honored in another new category for “Online Achievement” with close to 95 million views on their Youtube Channel and the most viewed youtube video in New Zealand plus over 250,000 fans on facebook.
MMF spokesperson Wairere Iti says he is particularly excited about the volume of new and emerging managers represented in the winners line-up. “It’s so good to see such a fresh group of upcoming managers receiving accolades. These managers are vital to the future of New Zealand Music and being able to acknowledge the long hours, hard work
and passion that they have for their artists is why we hold the awards every year.”
The MMF is an organisation for music managers that is funded by the New Zealand Music Commission and provides advocacy, support and mentoring to it’s members. Ryan Kershaw was presented with the
“MMF Mentoring Success” award by Lorraine Barry, an MMF Mentor and manager for Dave Dobbyn and Bic Runga.
Iti concludes “This is the eighth Music Managers Awards and help from our amazing prize sponsors, MMF members and the academy of judges has made the night a massive success.”
The 2012 Music Managers Awards Winners Are:
Manager of the Year - Teresa Patterson (Six60, I Am Giant, Iva Lamkum)
Breakthrough Manager - Haddon Smith (Annah Mac)
International Achievement - Paul McKessar & Campbell Smith (The Naked & Famous, Brooke Fraser,Opossom, Lydia Cole, Collapsing Cities)
Best Independent Tour - Teresa Patterson (Six60, I Am Giant, Iva Lamkum)
Best Venue - Leigh Sawmill
Online Achievement - Tim Youngson & Scott Maclachlan (Mt Eden)
Self-managed Artist - Patu Colbert (1814)
Outside The Box - Ingrid Bennie (Concord Dawn, Julia Deans, co manage David Dallas and Computers Want Me Dead)
Upcoming Manager - Cushla Aston (The Thomas Oliver Band, Cornerstone Roots, Rio Hemopo)
Industry Champion - New Zealand Music Commission
MMF Mentoring Success - Ryan Kershaw (self managed artist)