SONGLINK PRIZES PRESENTED AT LIPA GRADUATION DAY
David Stark with Emma Buckley & Aleks Grey
David Stark, Paul McCartney & Steve Levine
Paul McCartney & the new LIPA Companions
Sivert Hagtvet, Steve Levine & Tony Platt
Suzan, Django and Noddy Holder
Liverpool, July 2016: SongLink editor David Stark presented the annual SongLink Prizes during Graduation Day at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) to Emma Buckley from Derby, UK and Aleksander Raftevold (aka Aleks Grey) from Norway. Aleks's winning song 'Unstoppable' was featured as the soundtrack for LIPA's video retrospective which opened the ceremony at Liverpool's BT Convention Centre, while Emma (winning song 'Prove You Wrong') has been co-writing and recording with various other artists and writers. They both received prize cheques from David as well as subscriptions to SongLink and other benefits including professional advice and mentoring over the next year.
David, who was made a Companion of LIPA in 2006, commented, "As usual it was really hard to choose two winners from the 20+ songwriting students who submitted tracks this year, but Aleks and Emma's songs were both truly outstanding. I feel very confident indeed that they will both go on to achieve major success in the music industry within the next few years, and congratulate them and all the other 2016 graduates."
Meanwhile Lead Patron Paul McCartney inducted eight new Companions of LIPA along with CEO Mark Featherstone-Witty, including musician & broadcaster Tom Robinson, producer Martin Levan, actress Greta Scacchi (absent), theatre director David Babani as well as Honoured Friends Testsuo Hamada (Japan) and Paul Whiting (Sennheiser). Also present were Noddy & Suzan Holder whose son Django graduated with a special award, while producers & MPG executives Steve Levine and Tony Platt presented the MPG Award to Sound Technology graduate Sivert Hagtvet.
In addition to a one year associate membership to the MPG, Sivert will have the opportunity to shadow Catherine Marks, winner of the MPG 2016 Breakthrough Producer of the Year Award Engineer and Olga Fitzroy, winner of the MPG 2016 Recording Engineer of the Year Award. He will also spend two days at Air Lyndhurst, MPG 2016 Studio of the Year; attend an orchestral recording session with award-winning engineer Haydn Bendall; attend a mastering session with Barry Grint from Alchemy Mastering and shadow producer Steve Levine during a session at his studio in Liverpool.
Commenting, Sivert said: "I’m really honoured to win the MPG Prize and I am looking forward to the spending time with top recording professionals. I hope my experiences over the next year will enable me to learn more and enhance my production skills. I am also thrilled to win an AMS Neve preamp, which will certainly be useful in my new production room." Meanwhile MPG managing director Tony Platt, said: "Maintaining a realistic connection between the actual music industry and education becomes ever more difficult when the opportunities for young and aspiring engineers and producers are so limited."