UMG receives the “Peace in Ukraine Award” in recognition of humanitarian support; BMI will celebrate Ellie Goulding at the London Awards

Universal Music Group was awarded the Ukrainian Peace Prizerecognition by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, for the music company’s support of wartime and humanitarian relief efforts in the region.

During a ceremony at UMG’s Belgian headquarters in Brussels, Olha Stefanishyna (pictured left), Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, presented the award to Frank Briegmann, Chairman and CEO from UMG for Central Europe (photo on the right).

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“[UMG] was one of the first to support Ukraine and join the sanctions against Russia,” Stefanishyna said. “UMG is the first music company in the world to receive such an award. Since the start of the full-scale invasion, Universal Music has proven that they are true friends of Ukraine and that the sphere of entertainment and culture should not stay away from the war.

According to the label, their support extended to numerous NGOs, ranging from the World Central Kitchen to the International Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps and CARE.

They also helped create charity concerts that helped raise money for relief efforts. UMG Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon labels have teamed up with New York’s Metropolitan Opera to release “A Concert for Ukraine”, an album recorded live at the Met with proceeds going to charities supporting relief efforts in Ukraine. And UMG artists also raised millions at the Berlin “Sound of Peace” charity concert, including Sarah Connor, Rea Garvey and David Garrett.

Other recipients of the award include Microsoft, Google and Amazon, but UMG is the first music company to receive the award.

+ Ellie Goulding will receive the BMI President’s Award at the BMI London Awards 2022 for his “exemplary contributions to the art of music and songwriting,” according to a press release.

Additionally, singer-songwriter and producer Tems will receive the BMI Impact Award, a recognition given to a singer-songwriter, producer or composer for their “groundbreaking artistry, creative vision and impact on the future of music.” “. Tems joins previous winners Raye and Arlo Parks.

The private event will return to London’s Savoy Hotel on October 3 and will be hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Shirin Foroutan, BMI’s Creative Vice President for Europe. . Million-Air Awards, Song of the Year, and Pop Music, Dance, Film, Television and Cable Awards will also be featured throughout the evening.

+ Elle Cameron Kaufmandaughter of the late Howard Kaufman (who managed the Eagles, Aerosmith and Stevie Nicks), has announced the launch of her new LA-based label Elle Records. The independent label is partnering with TikTok’s new SoundOn platform for distribution.

According to a press release, Elle Records will serve as a launching pad for new artists looking to establish a career beyond the viral.

“The goal is to sign and develop the first successes of an artist, but not to lock them into long-term contracts. With a focus on successful singles and artist development, the label’s goal is to give artists a foundation to realize their ultimate visions, without trapping them in contracts for years,” the statement continued.

“A lot of my peers are focused on how to go viral or how to capitalize on something that goes viral,” Cameron-Kaufman said. “We want to help launch the next generation of superstars and give them the best chance of success early on. There’s so much noise in the industry right now. So many artists, but there are only a handful of stars. We seek to break artists who will make a real impact and leave a lasting legacy.

In addition to Elle Records, Cameron previously served as a pop curator and strategist at UMG where she worked alongside all of the company’s labels. One of the most notable projects she helmed was the launch of Taylor Swift’s album chapters for “Folklore”, “Evermore” and “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”.

+ those of Brooklyn HDBeenDope signed a label deal with Roc Nation. Announcing the signing, the hip-hop entertainer released a free verse titled “Paper Planes” which was produced by Dizzy Banko, and a video directed by Erikson Corniel. In the visual, HD is shown working in his home studio and then heading to Roc Nation headquarters in New York.

“I’m a writer and artist from Brooklyn signed to Hov,” said HDBeenDope of the Jay-Z-run company. “Those of you who love hip hop like me understand how special it is. I’d love to tell you it happened out of nowhere, but the truth is the intention has been consistent throughout. end. I think they call it serendipity,” HDBeenDope said. “I’m here for the legacy, living in the present, and creating for the future. That’s what I am, that’s what Roc is. That’s who we are.

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