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The Event Production Awards.

Andy Robertson

The prestigious UK Event Production Awards (EPAs) are for anyone working in the live events sector including suppliers, agencies and venues. The awards take place every year and have been around since 2012 with the awards night attracting 500 movers and shakers in the UK’s event production space.

The awards were designed to formally recognise the excellence of the breadth of companies involved in delivering outdoor and live events. This is an opportunity for promoters, organisers and suppliers to earn recognition for some of the county's most outstanding events which wouldn’t happen without them.

Award Categories.
The number of categories cover just about every aspect of the events industry and ensure that there is good coverage for all suppliers. The categories currently listed for entry are: 

  • Full Event Production of the Year.
  • Technical Event Production of the Year.
  • Best Crew Provider.
  • Best Concession Provider.
  • Best Power Supplier.
  • Best Hygiene Provider.
  • Best Fencing/Crowd Barrier Supplier.
  • Best Staging Company.
  • Best Sporting Event of the Year. 
  • Supplier of the Year Award.
  • Best Temporary Structure Provider.
  • Event Venue/Space of the Year.
  • Sustainability Award.
  • Best use of Technology at an Event.
  • Best Ticketing Provider.
  • Best Visual Spectacular.
  • Brand Activation of the Year.
  • Production Agency of the Year.
  • Music Event of the Year. 

Application Process. 
The application process for 2023 is yet to be announced but the award ceremony usually takes place in February each year. Anyone interested in making a formal entry will probably have to meet a deadline around the end of 2022 and must include events or work done between December 2021 and November 2022. There is no fee to make an application and companies can enter more than one category, they can include entries from overseas too. For each category entered the applicant must answer 5 criteria that the entry will be judged and scored on. 

Organisation and Judging. 
The EPAs are run by Marsh Media and Access All Areas and are financed through sponsorship and the revenue earned from the awards ceremony itself. The winners for each category are decided by a panel of judges who are appointed to ensure there is no conflict of interest between them and the organisers.

Over the years many suppliers to the music festival industry have won awards and publicising an award win can carry some prestige. Such awards can often be used by the winner's own publicity to strengthen their pitch when seeking to secure new business. Equally if an entry only gets to the shortlist stage it can still be a useful publicity tool. For anyone interested in making an application for entry it would be prudent to research previous winners and understand why they have been selected to ensure any application gets the best chance of winning.

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Andy Robertson
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