The Production Music Awards

The Production Music Awards announces 2023 nominations, celebrates biggest year in a decade

The prestigious event on November 20, 2023, will host influential figures in the production music and sync industries from libraries, composers, music rights and royalty companies and music supervisors

London, 7th September 2023

  • The awards ceremony will be held November 20 at Here Outernet in London.
  • MCPS Production Music, PRS For Music and Orfium join Cadenzabox as sponsors.

The Production Music Awards—celebrating exceptional production music libraries and composers—today announces its nominations list for 2023. The nominees span categories across Composition and Sync, and will be honoured at a ceremony at Here Outernet in London, on November 20.

In a year of growth across the board, there was a 10% year-on-year increase in entries and thus an expanded expert judging panel. Among the respected industry creative experts in this group, are those who have worked with A-list pop artists, some of the biggest and most iconic film and TV advertising music of recent years, renowned executives from the world’s leading advertising companies working with the most recognisable brands, marketers for major studios, industry award-winning music execs, and more.

Having sold out the last six iterations, the prestigious event has boosted capacity for 2023 and will once more host influential figures in the production music and sync industries from libraries, composers, music rights and royalty companies and music supervisors coming together to celebrate excellence. Huw Stephens will present the gathering of 350+ of the industry’s finest within the new Here at Outernet venue, boasting a unique, immersive AV experience. Tickets are available now 

Recognisable titles among nominees include Stranger Things, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Succession, Love Death and Robots, and The Last of Us. Those vying for the highly-contested Best Newcomer award, sponsored by PRS For Music, include Elkae (West One Music Group), Funky DL (KPM Music), Khalysis (BMG Production Music), Liam John Haygarth (1107 Studios), Richie Aikman (Audiomachine) and Toya Delazy (Extreme Music). For the full list of nominees, visit 

The nominees have been selected by an expert industry panel and are deemed the finest in their sector across Composition (15 genre-specific categories for production music tracks, plus the Best Wildcard Track) and Sync (Best Use of Production Music across platforms including television (drama, factual, trailer and advertising), sports promo, film trailer, and digital/online advertising) strands. The judges were impressed with the quality of work from both independent and major outlets.

The Production Music Awards is a key platform that recognises the depth and quality of modern production music and provides global exposure to the wider sync and media industries. The growth of the UK-based event every year since its inception nine years ago is a reflection of this flourishing corner of the industry that is estimated to be worth $1bn+*.

Richard Canavan, Founder of the Production Music Awards, says:

“We’re delighted to once again be celebrating the best and brightest talents in the Production Music industry. The standard of entries in both Composition and Sync categories this year has been so high, once again illustrating the wealth of talent we have in both the Composers and teams working at the libraries.”

Dan Gopal, Chief Commercial Officer, PRS for Music, adds:

“Production Music is an integral part of the music landscape. The Production Music Awards recognise many of the fantastic composers and publishers whose best-in-class works enhance the media that consumers enjoy around the globe. We look forward to celebrating our members’ achievements in November.”

The 2022 Synchtank report, Communication Breakdown: Complexities and Solutions in Music Rights Clearance, recognises that the production music market has ‘grown substantially in the last 20 years, with particularly concentrated growth in the last decade’. Within this report, *Midia Research analysis (Music sync market forecast: Production libraries raise the pitch, July 2022) suggests that the production music sector is estimated to be worth $1bn+ across recorded music and publishing and that during the pandemic production music libraries grew revenue.

Canavan recently launched the Composer Community Newsletter. A composer-focussed two-minute read, the free, bite-sized, digest includes industry news, score releases, music tech news, IRL events and opinion. Visit to subscribe.


About the Production Music Awards
Founded in 2013 by composer Richard Canavan, the Production Music Awards has hosted a celebration of the community and its work through its annual event in London, England. With year-on-year growth, the 2023 event will be hosted at an increased capacity at Here at Outernet London on November 20, 2023. Categories cover a range of genres and platforms across TV, film, and advertising.

About our sponsors

CADENZABOX – Sponsor of the Best Use of Production Music in Television Advertising
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MCPS PRODUCTION MUSIC – Sponsor of the Best World Production Music Track
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ORFIUM – Sponsor of the Digital/Online Advertising category
The global tech company solving the biggest challenges around digital music & broadcast rights management, cue sheets, data and reporting.

PRS FOR MUSIC – Sponsor of the Best Newcomer category
PRS for Music represents the rights of more than 165,000 members. We promote and protect the value of copyright.

The Production Music Awards

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