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Brass Bands England Awards

The Brass Bands England Awards 2022 text is written on a grey background with twinkling lights

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!

Nominations have now closed for the 2022 Award categories listed below.  The Awards will be presented at the Brass Band Conference on 22 October, live in person at the LifeCentre Manchester.  Book your conference place now and see if you qualify for an Early bird discounted ticket.

Find out more about the 2021 Brass Bands England Award winners

These are the award categories for 2022.

  • ⭐️ NEW: Band Project of the Year Award

This award is for a band or banding organisation.

Has your band or a band you know delivered an exciting project during this past year? This new award is designed to recognise an organisation that initiated and delivered an original and successful project that has added value to its intended audience or participants, and has promoted banding, be it nationally or within their area. Projects should have taken place between March 2021 and February 2022.

  • Social Impact Award

This award is for a band or banding organisation.

This organisation or individual will have made a massive positive impact on their local community, either through outreach, fundraising, or involvement in making their community a better place.  They will have delivered benefits to their community, raised the profile of banding and engaged with more diverse audiences in the process.

  • Innovation Award

This award is for either an individual or a band or banding organisation.

This award is for a person or organisation that is propelling brass banding into the future through great innovative, inclusive and imaginative ways of doing band that are practical, appealing and can be widely-replicated.  Such innovations will have a hugely positive impact on banding.

  • Outstanding Contribution Award (Over 18s)

This award is for an individual who is a member of or affiliated to a banding organisation.

This award is 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.

  • Outstanding Contribution Award (18 and under)

This award is for an individual under the age of 18 who is a member of or affiliated to a banding organisation.

This award is for a young person who has made an outstanding contribution to brass banding, whether that's musically or 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.

  • Brian W Hicks Memorial Shield for Services to Youth

This award is for an individual.

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).

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is for an individual.

This award is for an inspiring individual who has made a significant and sustained positive contribution to the brass band culture at a national or international level over the course of their lifetime.  This will have involved huge personal engagement, commitment, and influence, resulting in a lasting legacy or positive impact on banding.