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Voting is now open for the inaugural Audius Awards, an initiative created by the fully decentralized music streaming platform to allow its growing community to have their voices heard and to celebrate a banner year.

Audius ended 2020 with roughly 500,000 monthly listeners and has seen that number boom to nearly 7 million as 2021 comes to a close, with more than 200,000 artists contributing to the blockchain-based streaming platform.

And now Audius wants the community to decide who made the biggest splash this year, with voting commencing for categories including Best Artist, Best DJ Mix, Most Active Community Presence, and Top Label on Audius, among others.

"Like many communities in crypto, 2021 was pretty insane for Audius. The network saw tremendous growth in terms of users and it launched some amazing product features and partnerships. More and more artists are using the network to get their music out and to connect with fans directly; it's inspiring to see folks who began their careers on Audius go on to play festivals and really build fanbases. I think the Audius Awards will help carry that energy into 2022," said Clayton Blaha, Audius' Head of Partnerships.

The Top 5 vote-getters in every category will receive a "Silver Audius Awards NFT" while every single community member who votes will receive a participation NFT.

Competition is sure to be fierce as Audius saw some big names, such as Dillon Francis, Subtronics, and Disclosure show up nearly every week on trending tracks, while other acts such as Zedd and Mike Shinoda came in hot upon their arrival to the platform.

Those interested in weighing in can vote at Audius.one/vote. Voting will remain open until 11:59 pm PST Friday, December 17. 

Be sure to check back on Audius' social channels at 12 pm PST Wednesday, December 22 for a livestream event announcing the winners. 

26 Sep 2022 | Press release

Ed Sheeran pledges support for Music Venue Trust ‘Own Our Venues’ initiative

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26 Sep 2022 | Press release

YouTube Shorts to host classic David Bowie footage to celebrate new ‘Moonage Daydream’ documentary

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26 Sep 2022 | Press release

Sentric Music Group makes key A&R hires across US

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23 Sep 2022 | Press release

2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW Awards Show is rescheduled for Tuesday, 18 October 2022

The Awards Show on Thursday 8th September was postponed due to the death of Her Majesty The Queen. The re-scheduled 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW Awards Show will now take place on Tuesday, 18 October 2022 at the Eventim Apollo,...more

23 Sep 2022 | Press release

Piri & Tommy sign major publishing deals

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23 Sep 2022 | Press release

DCentralize to host the UK's first Web3 music festival

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23 Sep 2022 | Press release

John Leahy and Rupert King move to Blue Raincoat Artists

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23 Sep 2022 | Press release

Nottingham’s Home to Dance Music Stealth Begins New Chapter After Major Upgrade

  Leading UK dance club Stealth has begun a new chapter opening to rave reviews in Nottingham following a major transformation over the summer. The award-winning club that regularly features in DJ Mag’s ‘Top 100 Clubs in the World’ is returning with...more

23 Sep 2022 | Press release

LIVE statement on the Government’s mini-budget

Jon Collins, CEO of LIVE, said:  “While we are pleased to see the Government taking steps to alleviate the cost-of-living crisis, today’s announcement delivers little for the UK’s world leading live music industry.“Jobs are already on a knife edge, and we...more

23 Sep 2022 | Press release

IMPALA recognises Didier Gosset at Reeperbahn festival for his outstanding contribution to independent music

 Didier Gosset receives IMPALA's prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award during the association’s annual meeting in Hamburg.     Didier’s work as Communication and Network Director has been crucial in expanding the IMPALA membership’s breadth to over 30 countries today. He played a key role...more

23 Sep 2022 | Press release

A statement from AIF CEO Paul Reed on the UK Government's newly announced mini-budget

  "Today's announcement from the Chancellor means very little for our £1.76bn UK festival industry. We've faced unprecedented challenges on increased costs, supply chain and low consumer confidence, with audiences facing a social emergency. This shows no sign of relenting as...more

23 Sep 2022 | Press release

Aveleen Rose Entertainment to Represent Rapper and Spoken Word Artist, John Bernard

The London-based artist services agency, Aveleen Rose Entertainment has announced new management signing with rapper and spoken word artist John Bernard. Corina Sabou, the CEO and founder of Aveleen Rose Entertainment, said: “What impressed me the most, apart from his artistry,...more

22 Sep 2022 | Press release

UK Music Urges Government To Protect Music Industry From 'Economic Storm' As New Report Reveals Sector's Fragile Recovery

  UK Music, the collective voice of the UK music industry, publishes its This Is Music 2022 annual report today (Sept 22), which reveals how the sector began to recover from the initial impact of the pandemic. Unveiling the report, UK Music...more

22 Sep 2022 | Press release

BBC Studios and BBC Music presents Later… with Jools Holland at 30

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22 Sep 2022 | Press release

hmv's Live & Local gig programme leads to Newcastle singer being signed to 1921 Records

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22 Sep 2022 | Press release

Warner Music and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation host inaugural youth careers event in Belfast

  Major music company, Warner Music, and sporting charity, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, have come together with the support of local broadcaster, Cool FM, to host their first ever careers event for young people in Belfast at the city’s Oh Yeah...more

22 Sep 2022 | Press release

BeatStars Publishing Announces Recent Producer Signings - Including Hitkidd, 1SRAEL, Pxcoyo, Emkay, Chris Rich and RedMOSK

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22 Sep 2022 | Press release

Fire In The Booth announces new partnership with Donny “Dizzy Clean Face” Flores to spearhead US developments

  Charlie Sloth announced a new partnership with award-winning music industry titan Donny “Dizzy Clean Face” Flores.  Flores is to help spearhead the US communications for Fire In The Booth as the platform shows huge growth in the US territory. Flores will...more

22 Sep 2022 | Press release

Leila Oliveira named President of Warner Music Brazil

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21 Sep 2022 | Press release

Oscar-winning producer Paul Epworth congratulates the first Ivor Novello Scholar, Andy Skinner, calling him “an inspiration”

  Songwriter Andy Skinner from Bangor, Northern Ireland, has been confirmed as the first Ivor Novello Scholar and will have his fees paid to study TheWRD from The Ivors Academy.  TheWRD is a new Access to Higher Education Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship with...more

21 Sep 2022 | Press release

National Album Day

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21 Sep 2022 | Press release

Anna Gregorek joins UTA as Senior Director of Music Brand Partnerships in the UK

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21 Sep 2022 | Press release

Stormzy & Rina Sawayama Win Big At AIM Awards 2022

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21 Sep 2022 | Press release

Music Venue Trust announces Ticketmaster as headline sponsor for Venues Day 2022

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21 Sep 2022 | Press release

Warner Music UK promotes Charlotte Saxe to SVP, Legal and Business Affairs

James Radice to step down from his role after eight years   Warner Music UK has today announced that Charlotte Saxe will be promoted to become SVP, Legal & Business Affairs from 3rd October.  In her new role, she’ll be reporting directly to Tony...more

21 Sep 2022 | Press release

YouTube announces new ways for creators to make money, supporting the next wave of global creative entrepreneurs

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21 Sep 2022 | Press release

Music Venue Trust statement on energy support package

"Music Venue Trust warmly welcomes this intervention by the Government, which appears at face value to comprehensively tackle the immediate short term energy crisis for Grassroots Music Venues. We await full details of the scheme and the method of implementation by...more

21 Sep 2022 | Press release

YMU expands into gaming and sports marketing as Digital Sports Mgmt joins the group

 Digital Sports MGMT represents leading brands such as Warner Bros and Xbox, and influencers such as Danny Aarons, ShaunaGames and AJ3     YMU today announce the integration of leading sports marketing, gaming, and entertainment agency, Digital Sports Mgmt (DSM), into their global...more

21 Sep 2022 | Press release

LIVE statement on energy support package

Jon Collins, CEO of LIVE said: "We welcome this support from Government, but we are clear that this needs to be sustained past the next six months. Spiralling energy prices have already forced music venues up and down the country to...more

21 Sep 2022 | Press release

Music Mudder 2022 raises over £55,000 for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy

  Music Mudder 2022, the music-inspired endurance event organised by leading talent agency Wasserman Music, in partnership with music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, successfully raised over £55,000 for the charity, on a day filled with mud, sweat and cheers.  The event saw teams...more

26 Sep 2022

  • Paid single sales drop to lowest point in 17 years (see Analysis)

  • Mini-budget outlines tax cuts, but entertainment sector notes lack of support; Ed Sheeran champions intervention into the ownership of Grassroots Music Venues (see News)

23 Sep 2022

  • Why musicians are cancelling tours to protect their mental health (see Features)

  • Mercury Prize sets new date (see News)

22 Sep 2022

  • CMA publishes responses from industry to its streaming economy report (see News)

  • UK Music publishes This Is Music 2022 annual report (see Reports)

  • Why major labels and Spotify love fake artists (see Opinion)

21 Sep 2022

  • Spotify launches audiobooks business (see Digital)

  • YouTube announces new ways for creators to make money (see Digital)

  • The art of being dropped (see Features)

20 Sep 2022

  • Warner Music Group is moving beyond superstars – and that is a good thing (see Comment)

16 Sep 2022

  • Just how financially secure is music publishing? (see Analysis)

15 Sep 2022

  • Ruling highlights PRO Tariff structures for music festivals in the EU may be unlawful (see News)

30 Nov 1999

    14 Sep 2022

    • Universal Music Group launches Virgin Music Group (see Business)

    • YouTube paid over $6bn to the industry in last year (see Digital)

    13 Sep 2022

    • Why Wall Street is still betting on the music industry (see Analysis)