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BBE Awards 2024 - now open for nominations

Please note: the nomination window for the Brass Bands England Awards 2024 is now CLOSED. Thank you so much to everyone who nominated a person or organisation; the public vote for Band Project of the Year will open in June. Winners of all awards will be announced during a special ceremony at The Brass Band Conference 2024, taking place in London on Saturday 19 October - more information about the programme and tickets will be made available soon.

Brass Bands England is proud to recognise those individuals and organisations in the banding world that have made an exceptional contribution to brass banding. Be it through inspiring young people, tireless dedication, leading imaginative creative projects and collaborations, or bringing about positive social change. There is plenty to be celebrated!

The Brass Bands England Awards 2024 are now open for nomination! Awards will be presented in a special ceremony at this year’s Brass Band Conference, held on Saturday 19 October at the China Exchange, London. More information about the Conference will be available soon.

This year we have made a couple changes, including the introduction of a new award: the Green Hero Award, for those who have made climate awareness a priority in their banding. Following feedback from last year, the Lifetime Achievement Award will now be decided by a board.

The categories are as follows:

Band project of the Year

Did you and your band, or a band you know, deliver an exciting project over the past year? Have you worked on or seen something original that promoted banding on a local or national level?  Or have your band’s recent activities helped you to progress further towards reaching your goals?  Perhaps your band, or a band you know, organised a successful collaboration, carried out a recruitment drive, built a new band room, or went on tour. This is your chance to gain recognition for your activities.

Outstanding Contribution Award

The Outstanding Contribution Award is intended for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their band, whether that's musically, through band organisation or community engagement. Or perhaps someone you know has shown great commitment and dedication or overcome challenges. We all know someone who has shaped our banding experience for the better, so why not give them the recognition they deserve?

Young Bandsperson Award

We are looking for someone who has made an outstanding contribution to their band, whether that's musically, through band organisation or community engagement. We want to hear about someone who has shaped your banding experience for the better, or perhaps someone who has shown great commitment and dedication or overcome great challenges, personal or otherwise, to make a positive contribution.  The award is open to those aged 18 or under.

Services to Youth Award

The winner of this award will have made a huge positive impact on youth or services to youth in the banding sector demonstrated through their own personal commitment and dedication over a considerable length of time. Their activities will have been far-reaching and inclusive.  (This award will not be awarded to the same person twice).

Brass Band Conductor Award supported by the Brass Band Conductors' Association

We are looking for inspiring conductors who have made a significant positive impact on the bands they have conducted. They will have shown huge personal commitment and gone the extra mile to deliver an outstanding banding experience both musically and off-stage in the life of their band.

Green Hero Award (NEW)

This new award is for those individuals and organisations who have made climate awareness and environmental sustainability a priority in their banding practice. This might include raising funds to make their bandroom greener, shared transport initiatives, or commissioning a new piece focused on the climate crisis.

Shortlisting

The awarding panel will be made up of selected Brass Bands England trustees and senior staff. The shortlist for Band Project of the Year Award will then go to public vote, giving the banding community and its audiences the chance to have their say.

Sponsor an award

If you'd like to sponsor an award please get in touch by emailing Sarah Baumann on events@bbe.org.uk to discuss options.

Previous winners

Find out more about the 2023 Brass Bands England Award winners.

Got questions?

These Awards are open to all and not restricted to residents of England. However, Awards will be judged on the activities and benefits recognised within England. Bands may include wind bands and other band formations that have a significant brass section. The name of the nominator(s) will not be revealed to the nominee without prior consent and shortlisted entries will not be made public until the nominee has accepted their shortlisting. To see further details of who can nominate or be nominated please read the Awards nomination information.

For more information please email info@bbe.org.uk or telephone 01226 771015.