What a great evening at the @ymbawards where the great and good of the music industry celebrated the teams behind the stars.
The PR, marketing, publishing, digital platforms, live festivals, music journalists, presenter, stylist, A&R, music lawyers, labels, DJ’s, directors, and more.
The Young Music Boss Awards were conceived to support and empower young music professionals, whose achievements don’t always receive the attention they deserve. Aimed at U35 creatives and professionals, categories include ‘Best Manager, Best Publisher, Best Lawyer, Best Journalist, Best A&R, Best Label, Best Digital Platform’ and many more.
The music industry came out in numbers again for the 2023 Young Music Boss (YMB) Awards in its third year, with more than 350 industry executives, artists and other professionals in attendance.
The awards took place in partnership with the likes of MMF (Music Managers Forum), AIM (The Association of Independent Music), Live Nation, PPL, Sync Vault, Duppy Share, Tribe Urban Entertainment and CEEK at Woolwich Works.
The YMB Awards recognises the outstanding achievements of the U35 music industry executives who work tirelessly to innovate and elevate the industry. Celebrating the best of the present and future, the night featured performances from the likes of Ariez, Duchess and Wohdee.
Hosted by ITV’s Pricilla Anyabu, awards were presented by the likes of Char Grant (Black Music Coalition and Director of A&R 0207 Def Jam), Komali Scott-Jones (Black Music, Parlophone) Coalition / (Taponeswa Mavunga (Director of Africa Sony Music UK), Charisse Beaumont (CEO Black Lives in Music), Nordia West (VP Marketing Capitol Records), Sharron Harrison-Lewis (MD Sicario Group) and me!
I presented the BEST PUBLICATION AWARD to GUAP MAGAZINE!
I was inspired by everyone in the room.
I am inspired by all they do outside this room.
I wish we had had an awards ceremony like this for my peers and I when we were under 35.
To be seen and celebrated and amplified by and with your peers is truly a beautiful and motivating thing.
Every British music industry organisation was represented with tables from PPL, to MMF to Live Nation to AIM and more.
I took SBTV Head Tanisha Artman along as my guest.
The full list of winners is below:
- BEST MANAGER (Sponsored by the MMF)
Tobe Onuwka (Merky)
- BEST PUBLICITY & RELATIONS
Sheniece Charway (Youtube Music)
- BEST RADIO PERSONALITY
Remi Burgz (BBC 1Xtra)
- BEST PRESENTER
Remel London (Capital Xtra)
- BEST DJ
Tiffany Calver (BBC 1Xtra)
- BEST MARKETER
Jacqueline Eyewe (0207 Def Jam)
- BEST DIRECTOR
- BEST PRODUCER (Sponsored by PPL)
- BEST PUBLISHER
Chi Chi Nwakodo (Sony Music Publishing)
- BEST LAWYER
Wale Kalejaiye (Sheridans)
- BEST STYLIST
- BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
- BEST JOURNALIST
Mimi The Music Blogger
- BEST A&R
Glen Sonko ( 0207 Def Jam)
- BEST TOUR MANAGER (Sponsored by Live Nation)
Janelle Fraser ( Tour Music Live)
- BEST AGENT
Whitney Boateng (WME)
- BEST DIGITAL PLATFORM
- BEST PUBLICATION
- BEST LIVE MUSIC PLATFORM
Strawberries & Creem
- BEST (SERVICE) AGENCY
- BEST LABEL
0207 Def Jam
Congratulations to Jusnah Gadi – Young Music Boss- for pulling together and creating such an inspired brand!
Jusnah Gadi is an entrepreneur and the founder of Young Music Boss. With industry experience and a strong network, she combines her commercial knowledge and legal qualifications to provide aspiring young music industry professionals with services, resources and events that aim to eliminate the barriers that may prevent them from achieving their full potential.