One of the U.K.’s most accomplished, experienced and much loved broadcasters, Janice Long, has been unveiled as the latest judge to sign up at the first ever Liverpool Music Awards, which takes place this November.

“I am really excited to be one of the judges for the Liverpool Music Awards. The city has been at the forefront of the music scene for over 60 years and has consistently produced amazing talent” said Janice Long recently. She added, “I feel extremely privileged to come from Liverpool and have the opportunity to play the music from my home town on my Radio 2 show. These awards recognise the abundance of wonderful music coming out of Liverpool. Long may it continue”.

The respected panel also includes founder of L.I.P.A., Mark Featherstone-Witty, Programme Director in music industry studies at the University of Liverpool Dr. Mike Jones, Simon Glinn who is the Executive Director of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall & Events, Liverpool Echo music writer and columnist Jade Wright and B.B.C.’s Radio Merseyside’s Dave Monks.

Awards organiser Ellie Philips said, “Janice Long is a huge icon in the music industry, and is renowned for championing new music. From her days at BBC Radio Merseyside, through to B.B.C. Radio 1 and now B.B.C. Radio 2, Janice has always been proud of her Scouse roots, and the brilliant music which comes from our city. I could not be happier about having Janice on the judging panel, she is such an inspiration. Apart from her vibrant personality and passion for music, I love that Janice is effectively ‘genre-neutral’ and only distinguishes music as either ‘good or ‘bad.’ This makes her a perfect judge for the Liverpool Music Awards, since they are not genre specific. I am delighted to have Janice’s support, and hopefully her involvement will mean that in these final two weeks, even more individuals, groups and organisations will be nominated”.

There’s still time to nominate your favourite local artists and industry people for the Liverpool Music Awards. Entries and nominations close on Friday August 17 2012.

The Fifteen Award Categories include; Live Music Venue of the Year, Live Music Night of the Year, Artist Manager/Management Team of the year, Producer/Production Team of the Year, Recording Studio of the Year, Record Label of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Band of the Year, DJ of the Year, One To Watch, Local Music Champion and Outstanding Contribution to Music.

For further details on the Liverpool Music Awards and how to nominate go to

Ian D. Hall