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Nordoff and Robbins announce “Brit Awards of the Northwest” to help fund new Salford music therapy centre

Nordoff and Robbins, the UK's largest music therapy charity, has launched the Nordoff and Robbins Northern Music Awards, which will take place in Manchester in November.

This event will honour artists, festivals, venues, and industry figures from across the North of England at a star-studded award show.

The awards have been billed as “The Brit Awards of the Northwest” and will be hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins.

The Nordoff and Robbins Northern Music Awards supported by Ticketmaster will help to fund the opening of a new Nordoff and Robbins dedicated music therapy centre for Greater Manchester based in Salford.

Nordoff and Robbins delivers music therapy to clients across the UK from bases in London, Croydon, Newcastle, Dunfermline, and Glasgow, and its biggest service area is currently the North of England, with 45 music therapists and 118 partner organisations providing nearly 20,000 sessions of vital music therapy to more than 4,300 people in the region.

The new Greater Manchester centre based in Salford will be a multi-disciplinary music making and therapy space, housing a high spec recording studio with interactive, accessible music technology throughout, serving the needs of individuals and diverse Northern communities.

The legendary Spice Girl, Melanie C, is set to receive the Special Recognition award for her outstanding contribution to music, and will perform at the awards show.

Sandra Schembri, CEO, Nordoff and Robbins, said: We see music as a superpower, so we’re incredibly excited to launch the Nordoff and Robbins Northern Music Awards supported by Ticketmaster in Manchester and can’t wait to honour such a broad range of talent – from artists to venues, festivals and those who’ve really made a difference with music – the event is going to be unmissable.
“The support of the public, artists and the wider music industry is absolutely vital – all the money raised from ticket sales will enable Nordoff and Robbins to help more people in the North to access music therapy through a fantastic new centre. Music therapy is the act of supporting people to connect and communicate through music who otherwise are unable to; such as those living with autism to dementia, learning difficulties to brain injuries, life-limiting illnesses to mental health issues, grief and trauma.
“We believe that everyone who needs it should have access to music therapy, because it can, quite simply, transform people’s lives. 

The Nordoff and Robbins Northern Music Awards will be the first event of its kind to celebrate the Northern music industry and will take place on Thursday, 30 November 2023, in Manchester at Factory International’s landmark new arts, music, and culture space, which has its official opening in October.

The event aims to recognise and celebrate the breadth of musical talent across the North of England, from up-and-coming musicians to established and legendary artists.

If you fancy a slice of the action, you can get hold of pre-sale tickets here.

Through these awards, Nordoff and Robbins continues its close partnerships with the UK music industry, developed since the creation of its annual Silver Clef music awards in 1976.

The judging panel comprises industry heavyweights, including Ticketmaster, SJM Concerts, GigPig, Music Venue Trust, Live Nation, BIMM Institute, Kendall Calling, and Sound City Liverpool, as well as BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins.

The award categories range from Newcomer of the Year to Artist of the Year, Band of the Year, DJ of the Year, Maverick in Music, and the Northern Music Award.

A diverse selection of shortlisted Northern artists will perform at the glittering event alongside Melanie C, who was born and raised in the North West.

Category shortlists and further artists will be announced in the lead up to the show. Live music venues (small and large) and festivals will also be recognised, with their own individual award categories.

A special Music and Culture for Wellbeing award will showcase outstanding and innovative creative arts provision in the North, that uses music and culture to support and connect with people that face health, wellbeing and socio-economic challenges.

Supported in 2023 by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and City of Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, the awards will move to a different city in the North each year to shine a light on music from across the region and underline the powerful impact of music on all members of our society.

The City of Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, also expressed his enthusiasm for the awards and their aim of supporting music therapy, saying, “As a lifelong music fan, I’m excited to see the Nordoff and Robbins Northern Music Awards come to Salford, and I’m proud that our city will be home to the new dedicated music therapy centre.
“Music has the power to transform lives, and these awards will highlight the incredible musical talent across the North of England, as well as the vital work of Nordoff and Robbins in supporting people through music therapy.”

The Nordoff and Robbins Northern Music Awards supported by Ticketmaster promises to be a landmark event in the music calendar, celebrating the rich diversity and outstanding talent of the Northern music scene while raising funds for an important cause.

With a host of top-class artists set to perform and a range of award categories highlighting the best of the industry, the awards are sure to be a hit with music lovers across the region.

Tickets are expected to sell quickly, so make sure to register for pre-sale tickets and don’t miss out on this exciting new event.

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