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Today (Monday 22 April), Abbey Road Studios has announced details of a new collaboration between its annual Music Photography Awards and Birmingham-based music venue and charity B:Music. The month-long programme of activity is centered around an exhibition from the winning and shortlisted images from Abbey Road’s 2023 MPAs, alongside a series of free masterclasses, live music performances, panel discussions and more.

Formed in 2022, the Abbey Road MPAs champions emerging and undiscovered young photographers and celebrates the unforgettable, unique and unsung musical moments from the previous year. Ahead of this year’s competition, which launches on 29th May, B:Music will host a month-long exhibition of the 2023 nominees and winners.

Across nine categories, including Live and ICON, as well as Undiscovered and Hip Hop 50, the exhibition will offer a unique opportunity to view the photographs in a distinctive setting. A series of masterclasses and panel talks, led by local, established music photographers and MPAs alumni will also be running across the month, in addition to special performances from emerging Birmingham-based musicians.

Throughout the month-long residency, B:Music will be presenting performances from local and emerging talent from across the West Midlands, with performances from Credo Kampeta, Ezrae, Aayushi, Sarah Riches and BIMM Birmingham, immersed in the exhibition in the B:eats café at Symphony Hall and all covering some iconic tracks recorded at Abbey Road in their own unique ways. One of the rounds in the B:Music-supported Nashville Sounds in the Round performance will also have an Abbey Road focus too. The pinnacle will be on Friday 24th May when the B:Music Talent Development Showcase takes over the regular Free Jazz Friday slot, and the young photographers from the Abbey Road MPA programme will be in attendance to capture the performances – a real chance to show the next generation of musical and creative talent both on and off stage.

To find out more about the programme of activities and how to get involved visit:

Symphony Hall, which is a B:Music venue and charity, is the centerpiece in Birmingham’s Centenary Square and is widely considered to be one of the finest concert halls in the world. The venue hosts a wide variety of live music performances, ranging from world-renowned classical to rock and pop artists, as well as award-winning comedians.

Sally Davies, Managing Director, Abbey Road Studios says: “I couldn't be more thrilled to extend the reach of our Music Photography Awards beyond the doors of Abbey Road Studios and into the heart of Birmingham. It's a testament to our desire to celebrate creativity and culture throughout the UK and I'm excited to witness the fusion of music and visual art in this dynamic city."

Chris Proctor, Head of Programming at B:Music says: “I’m delighted that B:Music will be partnering with Abbey Road Studios to bring the Music Photography Awards exhibition to Birmingham. The opportunity for two iconic organisations to work together to champion talent both on and off stage was too good to miss, and we’re delighted that the next generation of music photography creatives and musicians will have the chance to swap and exchange experiences throughout the month-long residency at Symphony Hall. We’re looking forward to welcoming audiences to a range of workshops, masterclasses and performances, alongside the exhibition itself, and look forward to supporting the launch of this year’s Music Photography Awards too!”

Abbey Road’s Music Photography Awards returns for its third year this October, with six open categories available for prospective entries from 29th May. Please visit for further details.


About Abbey Road Studios

A global music icon and the world’s first purpose-built recording studio, Abbey Road Studios has been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in music technology for over 90 years. The studios’ phenomenal history encompasses celebrated work by artists from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Fela Kuti, Kate Bush, Oasis and Radiohead to Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine, Lady Gaga, Frank Ocean, Amy Winehouse, Brockhampton, Little Simz, The Smile, Dave and Adele, as well as scores to films from Raiders of The Lost Ark, The Lord of The Rings Trilogy and many of the Harry Potter and Star Wars movies, to Gravity, The Shape of Water, 1917, Black Panther, Tar, Barbie and Avengers: Endgame. Since stereo was patented at Abbey Road in 1933, the studios have been home to numerous innovations in recording technology and continue to innovate today with Europe’s first music tech incubator, Abbey Road Red. Abbey Road Studios is part of Universal Music. Discover more at

About B:Music

B:Music is a Birmingham-based music charity with a mission to inspire a love of live music through performance, participation and learning. B:Music believes that music is essential to everyone and has the power to transform and change lives, to entertain and uplift, to create shared experiences and to educate.

B:Music venues Town Hall and Symphony Hall are the centre of Birmingham’s cultural heart – presenting the world’s most exciting and diverse artists, orchestras and bands including Kraftwerk, The British Paraorchestra of Great Britain, Satinder Sartaaj, Chineke!, Gary Barlow, Joan Armatrading and the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Each year, a programme of over 800 concerts and events brings the best jazz, folk, world, roots, classical, rock and pop performers to audiences of over 500,000. Through our Talent Development and Engagement projects we overcome barriers many young and vulnerable people feel, empowering individuals from across the region to experience the power and joy of live music. We provide school workshops, fund tickets for performances, enable thousands of young people to perform on our stages and create projects to unlock and showcase talent.

April 22, 2024 5:00am ET by Murray Chalmers PR  

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