The 2012 Music Producers Guild Prize has been awarded to Guy Clarke.
The prize rewards the most promising student to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) Sound Technology degree programme.
It was presented by MPG chairman Steve Levine and Education representative Tony Platt yesterday at LIPA’s annual graduation ceremony, with LIPA lead patron Sir Paul McCartney also present.
The Music Producers Guild Prize recognises the student who, in the opinion of his or her tutors, has shown the most exceptional talent, initiative, commitment and consideration to the art of music recording and production.
“During his time at LIPA, Guy has always been a solid, dependable student producing good work,” said Jon Thornton, who heads LIPA’s three year BA (Hons) Sound Technology programme.
“What impressed the staff team was the huge step forward that he made during his final year, particularly with regard to his production work. We hope that the opportunities afforded by the MPG Prize will only help to develop this momentum and his ultimate career trajectory.”
Clarke said: “I’m so thrilled to win this prize and can’t believe how great the opportunities are.
“While I’ve been studying I’ve engineered on some friend’s projects and done some stage management work for a company in Manchester, but I still don’t really know what path I ultimately want to take so having the chance to try lots of things will help me decide.
“I would like to say that I’m very grateful – both to the MPG and to my course tutors at LIPA who have taught me so much.”
Tony Platt said, “Guy is all set to have an amazing year, thanks to the unique opportunities that this prize brings.
“He will undoubtedly learn a great deal and once again the MPG is delighted to be able to support such a promising graduate from LIPA by offering him opportunities for ‘learning on the job’.
“Students like Guy are our next generation of producers and engineers and, as the hit makers of tomorrow, they have a vital role to play in ensuring the success of the UK’s music industry.”
Clarke’s prize includes the chance to shadow producer Ethan Johns, MPG Producer of the Year 2012 and winner of the BRIT Best Producer 2012 Award.
He will also shadow producer Jake Gosling and attend an orchestral recording session with Award-winning engineer Haydn Bendall.
Studio experience will be provided by Eastcote Studios and he will be given the chance to attend a mastering session with Mandy Parnell, winner of the MPG Mastering Engineer Award 2012.
His technical expertise will be enhanced by a day at Avid’s UK headquarters where he will receive in-depth tuition on Avid’s flagship D-Control console and the System 5MC.
Robertson Taylor has offered to contribute towards the cost of Clarke’s travel and accommodation expenses while he is taking up these opportunities, and throughout the year he will be mentored by various MPG members including Steve Levine, Tony Platt and Mick Glossop.