Artist & Manager Awards to honour Rag'N'Bone Man and Giggs

Artist & Manager Awards to honour Rag'N'Bone Man and Giggs

Rag’N’Bone Man will be awarded Artist Of The Year at this month's Artist & Manager Awards.

Hosted by BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney, the Spotify-sponsored ceremony is produced by the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and will take place at Printworks London on November 14. 

The FAC and MMF are keen to recognise Rag'N'Bone Man's arduous, decade-long journey to success and the importance of his supportive team at Black Fox Management. 

Roxanne de Bastion, FAC board director said: “There is no such thing as an overnight success and nothing beats crafting your own career by touring relentlessly, forming relationships with the people who love your music one by one. Rag’N'Bone Man's journey is a testament to this and to the fact that hard work, combined with the right songs and the right team, will not go unnoticed." 

Also set to be honoured are Giggs and his management team Michael "Buck" Maris and Trenton Harrison-Lewis, who will receive the Pioneer Award. 

MMF director Joey Swarbrick said: “Giggs and his team have built an incredible fanbase and business on their terms. They have overcome more barriers than most artists face with integrity and talent, and they continue to go from strength to strength.”

Nominees have also been announced in the Breakthrough Artist and Breakthrough Manager categories. Both awards are dedicated to emerging talent who are making their mark and have created and delivered exceptional work over the past 12 months. 

Past Breakthrough Artist winners have included Ed Sheeran, Rudimental and Years & Years, while previous Breakthrough Manager winners include Sam Denniston (Jungle), Owain Davies (Ben Howard) and Tobe Onwuka (Stormzy). 

Nominations for this year’s Breakthrough Artist Award, sponsored by Spotify are:

Declan McKenna

J. Hus

Jorja Smith

Loyle Carner

Maya Jane Coles

Tom Misch

Nominations for this year’s Breakthrough Manager Award, sponsored by YouTube are:

Jazz Sherman, Rocket Music

Kilo Jalloh and Moe Bah, 2K Management 

Matthew Greer, ATC Management

Rowan Brand, Tribe Management

Russell Eslamifar, James Grant Group

Other previously announced winners at the 2017 Awards are:

  • Peter Grant Award for Lifetime Achievement: Jonathan Kessler (Depeche Mode)
  • Artists’ Artist Award: Tracey Thorn
  • Manager of the Year: Tap Management
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Eleven Management 
  • Writer / Producer Manager of the Year: Jill Hollywood, Echo Beach Management  

The last remaining tickets for the awards are available now - for more details email

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