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ARTIST & MANAGER AWARDS SET
2/11/21

Arlo Parks (right), Ali Raymond and Michael Adex are among the winners at this year’s Artist & Manager Awards, which is being reimagined into a film.

Organized by the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and Music Managers Forum (MMF), the event will take the form of a documentary premiering at 7pm GMT on 2/24 via YouTube.

Parks and her manager Raymond of Beatnik Creative have been named Breakthrough Artist & Manager. Since being named in the BBC Sound Of... poll in January 2020 and winning BBC Introducing Artist of the Year, Parks has released a succession of critically acclaimed singles and last week charted at #3 in the U.K. with her debut, Collapsed In Sunbeams.

Business owner Adex and his team at Northern Quarterz (NQ) will pick up the Entrepreneur Award in recognition of the creative community they are building in Manchester, and their success with rapper Aitch, who has two Top 10 EPs and a string of high-charting singles.

Livestream business Driift, founded by Ric Salmon and Brian Message at ATC Management, will receive the Innovation Award for their succession of online ticketed events, which have sold more than 400,000 tickets globally for artists such as Niall Horan, Biffy Clyro, Nick Cave, Laura Marling, Andrea Bocelli and Kylie Minogue.

Finally, Michael Kiwanuka and Starwood Management (Robert Swerdlow, Dave Nicoll & Mark Nicholson) will be presented with the Leading Artist & Manager Award following the release of Grammy-nominee Kiwanuka’s third and Mercury Prize-winning album, KIWANUKA, which hit #2 last year.

All will be featured in the doc alongside Skin of Skunk Anansie and Leigh Johnson (LJM), the previously announced winners of the Pioneer Artist & Manager award.