London, Feb. 21, 2023 —  Music Ally and Universal Music Group are delighted to invite submissions for a new award to recognise up-and-coming entrepreneurial talent as part of the forthcoming Music Ally NEXT conference which will take place in London on Tuesday 25th April.

The Music Ally NEXT Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, supported by Universal Music Group, is now open for submissions from both young entrepreneurs themselves and from those who wish to nominate other young entrepreneurs.

Nominees must be young entrepreneurs from anywhere globally who are working in the music tech space or have created or built a company or independent project in the music tech space.

The company/project can be any of the following:

  • An early-stage commercial startup
  • A not-for-profit business/project
  • An initiative or project which is not a standalone business
  • An academic project with an entrepreneurial slant

Submissions should be made at this link and the deadline for submissions is midday UK time on Monday 20th March.

A shortlist of successful nominees will be chosen by Music Ally and Universal Music Group’s Digital Innovation team. Those candidates will be invited to present at the Music Ally NEXT conference, where a winner will be chosen by attendees (both online and in person).

The shortlisted finalists will be matched with a mentor from Universal Music Group and the winner will be presented with an award at the event and matched with a team of mentors from Universal Music Group.

Paul Brindley, CEO & Co-Founder, Music Ally, says: “It’s exciting to be able to create this new award which aims to shine a light on some of the entrepreneurs of the future and hopefully to help kickstart their ideas to help to turn them into successful businesses or projects. We’re also delighted to have the support of Universal Music Group and their Digital Innovation team for this first award. Their knowledge and experience will be invaluable to up and coming innovators.”

Kristen Bender, Senior Vice President of Digital Innovation Strategy & Business Development, Universal Music Group, says: “Part of the Digital Innovation team’s core mission is the commitment to supporting emerging entrepreneurs on their journey into the music space. We are delighted to partner with Music Ally on their ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award,’ which will help identify founders who will make an impact in our industry in the coming years. We look forward to meeting and mentoring this first cohort of entrepreneurs and playing a role in their future success.”

Please note that early-bird tickets for Music Ally NEXT are only available until Tuesday 28th February.

In-person event tickets include drinks and food throughout the day plus a post event drinks and canapes reception.

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