Sparkling evening showcasing county talent at the Shropshire Music Awards
Over 400 people attended the awards at the Telford Theater in Oakengates, complete with its own red carpet and incredible performances.
More than a year in the making, the evening was funded by Arts Council England.
It was the brainchild of musician Tim Rogers, the latest in his journey as a musician and artist, that created the non-profit community interest corporation CultureTainment CIC.
Mr Rogers, also known as rapper Trademark Blud, told the audience his goal was to use music and the CIC to tackle social issues, promote cultural development and support musicians and aspiring musicians Of the industry.
The host was Radio Shropshire presenter Paul Shuttleworth, who also brought guest presenters onto the stage.
The award winners were: Best DJ, Koala T; Best Group, Black Bear Kiss; Music Video, Starboi Senshi; Events, Audio Tek; Producer, LP Tripp; Newcomer, Greysha; Drums and bass, Dizzy D; Rock/Metal, remember the leftovers; Single, four tricksters with black magic; Community Champion, Matt Smith; Acoustic, loose lips; Indie/Alternative, Penny Famous; Solo, Cally Rhodes; Best Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
There was a special Local Legend award for Mick Keefe for his service to music and the community over the years, and special awards went to Stars of the Future Bridie, Macy O and Ruby Allen.
During the evening, live performances came from a newly formed group from Telford College, including singer Francesca, Trademark Blud, Abbie Jean, acoustic duo Jack and Alice and Deep Talks Music.
Tim and Katie Rogers thanked everyone who made the evening special, including the sponsors.
“We are already looking ahead to next year’s event which we plan to be bigger and better with more categories and more engagement with music across the county of Shropshire,” he said.
“We have such a wealth of talent here.”
CultureTainment worked alongside the Knife Angel project when the anti-violence sculpture was in Telford and was involved in hip hop, mental health, juvenile delinquency and music workshops.
A successful musician in his own right having successfully toured the UK and beyond, as well as industry successes featured on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, Trademark Blud said his experience as a musician inspired many aspects of CultureTainment and subsequently the awards.
“What we need is a stronger infrastructure for artists in the county, not just musicians, but also dancers, painters, poets, etc. CultureTainment aims to fill this gap in Shropshire.
“If we had a central creative hub where people had the facilities, the mentors, the networks and the opportunities to develop their craft and get advice, I think the journey for many would not only be clearer, but more feasible.”