The Bloomsbury Big Top will host The Artist and Manager Awards (A&MAs) on the 14th November. The A&MAs honour trailblazing artists and managers for their contributions to the music industry. This year, Sam Fender and manager Owain Davies will receive the FanFair Alliance Award for Outstanding Contribution to Live Music.
Recently, Sam Fender’s career has skyrocketed. In 2019 alone he has sold-out venues across the UK and achieved a number one album, Hypersonic Missiles. Fender’s success can be attributed to his lyrics that describe the stark realities of life and gritty subject matters such as male suicide.
Sam fearlessly addresses issues that impact the everyday person, which sets him apart from typical singer-songwriters. Perhaps Fender’s understanding of the common man explains his passion for fair ticketing.
Since the rise of the internet and sniper bots, ticket touts have had an unfair advantage over fans. Artists use live performance to connect with their supporters but unfair ticket resales have compromised the fan experience. Many people cannot afford the astronomic prices that secondary ticketing websites charge and miss out on seeing their favourite artists.
With the help of his manager Owain Davies, Sam Fender has made a stand against unscrupulous secondary ticketing. Fender and his team consistently take measures, such as using fan-to-fan ticket platforms, to avoid supporters being out-of-pocket. The FanFair Alliance champions Fender’s simple and open approach to ticket resale. This makes Sam Fender and Owain Davies the perfect duo to receive this award.
The Artist and Manager Awards are organised by the Music Managers Forum and the Featured Artists Coalition. This year the event sponsor is the brand, Selina.
Other confirmed award winners of the 2019 A&MA’s include Nile Rodgers (Artists’ Artist Award), Sandy Dworniak (Writer/Producer Manager of the Year Award) and Lewis Capaldi (Artist of the Year).