Press Club member Jo Jeffries, co-founder of the Birmingham Music Awards, has announced that John Taylor, who, together with school friend Nick Rhodes established legendary Birmingham pop group Duran Duran, is supporting this year’s inaugural awards.
John (pictured) is to present the “Rising Star” award - which will be received by the winner of a competition to discover new Birmingham talent.
The awards, which will feature categories for Best Song, Best Male, Best Female, Best Band, Best Live Venue, Best Urban Act, Best Newcomer, Best Radio Station and Best DJ, will be presented at a ceremony to be held at Birmingham’s Glee Club on 2 May.
Submissions are welcome from anyone across the region who has a passion for music and their city. Details on how to enter – and how to buy tickets - can be found by logging onto www.birminghammusicawards.com
Judging will be carried out by a panel of music industry professionals, all with an impressive track record in the business and shortlisted entries will be announced on 30 March.
John said: “Birmingham is where the Duran Duran journey began. We formed in 1978, playing Barbarella’s and many other venues around town, eventually becoming resident band at The Rum Runner. We signed our major label deal and the rest is history. I like to keep in touch with new and aspiring musicians and musical artists – it’s where the energy is – and I love coming back home and rekindling my passion for the city, so I was honoured to be invited to participate in the first Birmingham Music Awards. It’s going to be a great night for the local scene!”
Jo, who is co-founder of the awards alongside Dean Williams, commented: “We are determined to conceive and grow one big Birmingham music family. We want to work together to deliver the recognition our city deserves, and more music success stories made in Birmingham, so naturally we were thrilled when John agreed to come and present our Rising Star Award.”
“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.”
Photograph: Kristin Burns