Welcome to the Audio Production Awards 2019. Entries will open at noon on Monday 19th August 2019.
Top producers and presenters behind the UK’s very best radio and audio content will be honoured at the Audio Production Awards on Thursday 28th November at the BFI Southbank, London. Sponsored by Audible, the world’s leading provider of spoken audio entertainment, the awards – which are now in their ninth year – reflect the continued expansion of audio distribution online and via downloads, in addition to traditional broadcast radio. The awards are open to all audio producers, from BBC and commercial radio to community stations and podcasters, as well as production companies working across all forms of audio, including audiobooks, podcasts and radio.
AUDIO PRODUCTION AWARDS 2019
Best Arts Producer
This category celebrates the best of arts and culture-based audio, reported and produced to the highest of standards, giving a sense of special insight into the subject. Potential subject matter might include: traditional/modern art, design, literature, poetry & film.
IMPORTANT: Music programming should be entered in the Best Music Producer category.
Best Music Producer
This award is for an exceptional producer working in music audio. Entries can range from single programmes to sequence programmes, as well as specialist music programming, live music, discussion and storytelling. Judges will be looking for an understanding and appreciation of the music and the genre alongside creativity and excellent production values.
Best Factual Producer
Entries in this category might include: investigative stories or content relating to lifestyle, religion, science, history etc. We also welcome entries of issue-related or ideas programmes based on our rapidly changing world, as well as content reflecting on past events. The judges will be looking for a strong journalistic instinct and a gripping narrative, plus compelling and creative production.
IMPORTANT: News-related programming should be entered in the Best News and Current Affairs Producer category
Best News and Current Affairs Producer
Celebrating the best in news and current affairs production. Entries here should be from programmes which are clearly led by the current affairs agenda. The judges will be looking for a strong journalistic instinct and a riveting narrative. We encourage entries which cover local or regional stories.
Best Sports Producer
Entries can feature outstanding, engaging sports programming from many formats; from live daytime programmes to round-table podcasts, but they must relate to sports in a clear and defined way. For example, submissions might include commentary, event coverage, discussion and/or storytelling. Judges are looking for evidence of compelling and distinctive production, covering sport in its widest context.
Best Entertainment Producer
Recognising producers who successfully create fresh and fun entertainment content. For example, entries might be drawn from live programmes and/or light-hearted podcasts. Judges are looking for sparkling entertainment served up with creativity and distinctiveness.
IMPORTANT: Pure comedy should be entered into the Gethin Thomas Award for Best Comedy Producer category.
Gethin Thomas Award for Best Comedy Producer
All comedy-based audio can be entered here, including sitcoms, scripted comedy, sketch shows or comedy-led panel shows. Any format with the primary aim of making people laugh fits the bill. The judges will be looking for creativity matched by innovative production, though sublimely executed traditional comedy is also warmly welcomed. IMPORTANT: Entertainment programmes (i.e. content that’s not primarily focused on getting laughs) should be entered in the Best Entertainment Producer category.
Best Live Event/Outside Broadcast Producer
Entries here may span a wide range of formats and subject matter. The key is that they must have been created in a live broadcast setting. Judges will be looking for exceptional production values which bring the listener into the beating heart of the action.
Best Podcast Producer
Celebrating an outstanding Podcast Producer who truly understands the medium. Judges will be looking for compelling content and creativity that takes full advantage of the podcast format.
Please note this category should not be used to enter broadcast radio content, which is then made available in podcast form.
Best Drama Producer
Recognising an exceptional producer who knows how to bring the story, characters and narrative to life in 3D Technicolor in listeners’ minds. The judges will be looking for a talented producer who knows how to take advantage of the medium to create compelling drama.
Best Audiobook/Readings Producer
Judges will be looking at the range and choice of material, performance, direction and production values here. Producers should enter a series of extracts taken from the beginning of each book or reading. Importantly in this category, entries should include at least three titles. Judges will also be looking for creative casting that marries voice(s) and book, pacing, careful editing, quality of acoustic, use of other elements of audio storytelling as appropriate.
Best New Producer
Celebrating a newcomer to audio production who shows potential to reach the very highest level. The judges will be looking for evidence of a sustained contribution to a production or production company, or for an exceptional debut as a producer or engineer in any form of audio. It is not essential to be associated with a single (or any) production company to be successful in this category, and producers who work entirely for themselves are equally welcome.
Best Station Sound Producer
For exceptional contributions to audio imaging and/or station sound production. Judges will be looking for ultimate creativity in audio branding and/or station promotion, such as station/podcast IDs, jingles, music beds, voiceovers, programme trails and promotions. This category embraces imaging work for radio stations and/or podcast and downloadable content.
Best Sound Designer
Celebrating the talents of sound designers, mixers, studio managers and others who create startling soundscapes that elevate audio from great to extraordinary. Judging criteria will include technical skill, sound quality, innovation and creative contribution.
Grassroots Production Award
For an individual, production company, radio/audio station or community-based organisation that has shown extraordinary achievement in identifying, nurturing or mentoring new and diverse talent to the audio industry. Please note that this category, for 2019, is FREE to enter.
IMPORTANT: this category is not aimed at the new talent themselves. They would be eligible for the New Voice Award category.
Audio Performer of the Year
Recognising and rewarding an audiobook narrator who has demonstrated exceptional talent at interpreting the written word over the year, as exemplified by a single piece of outstanding work.
Best Presenter - Speech
For exceptional on-mic talent presenting speech programmes. Judges will be looking for compelling conversation, brilliant interviews, outstanding creativity and a genuine connection to the audience.
Best Presenter - Music
For exceptional on-mic talent presenting music programmes. Judges will be looking for an unrivalled understanding of their chosen music genre(s), the ability to share that passion, plus constant creativity and powerful audience connection.
New Voice Award
For outstanding presenters who have recently entered the audio world or gained significant mainstream recognition for the first time.
Production Company of the Year
This award recognises and celebrates a company’s success across the year. Entries are warmly welcomed from the smallest to the largest companies. In this category, entry length is up to 30 minutes and judges will consider the level of creative excellence as well as the business challenges and growth of the company during the qualifying period, considering the size and resources of the company in each case.
The Audio Production Awards uniquely recognise and celebrate the production skills of radio and audio producers. We are therefore looking for exceptional contributions from individuals, and are unable to accept entries from production teams or other groupings - though members of larger teams are welcome to enter as individuals, highlighting their own specific contributions. The two exceptions to this are: Grassroots Production which welcomes teams and organisations, and Production Company of the Year.
Entry deadline: All entries must be completely received by Friday 20th September 2019 at noon sharp.
Qualifying period: All audio content entered must have been first broadcast/streamed or made available to download in the period 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019.
Entry fee: We’ve held fees at last year’s rate of £45+VAT (£35+VAT for members of AudioUK). This year we’re making entry to the Grassroots Production Award free of charge, to recognise the work of those identifying, nurturing or mentoring new and diverse talent to the audio industry.
Inclusive meaning of ‘audio’: Unless specifically stated otherwise, every category is open to all forms of audio, which includes radio (broadcast via airwaves or online) and all podcast/downloadable/non-broadcast audio. In addition, the term ‘programme’ is used to include podcast/download content unless stated otherwise.
Discount codes: You may see a 'Discount Code' box during payment. Please ignore it. There are no discount codes for the APAS. The member and non-member entry prices don't rely on codes.
Invoicing: If you wish to invoice for entries, you will be required to enter a PO number at the time of entry. Please allow enough time for this process or your entry may not be permitted. Following this, you must email email@example.com with your PO number, plus the amount paid and reference number.
Content: All entries will be required to demonstrate creativity and excellent production values.
Judging: Our judges are a diverse group of people from across the audio sector. We will publish their names once all judging has been completed but not which individual categories they judged. All categories will follow the usual process of audio/written submissions assessed by judges.
Conflict of interest: We always strive for fairness and will allocate our judges to categories in a way that eliminates any conflict of interest.
Audio clips and written statements: The maximum length of entries is 20 minutes and written nominations/supporting statements must not exceed 600 words.
Entry content: Your entry should be designed to show the judges the quality of your work over the past year, either in a series of extracts (from one programme or a series) or clips from a range of different programmes. You may also enter an exceptional long clip from a single programme, that can be a one-off or a series.