Industry Awards Gala

The annual Industry Awards Gala crowns the Music x Media event. The gala will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022.

The awards gala celebrates last year’s successes and honors the distinguished achievements in the field of music. The Industry Award is an esteemed thank you from our own community, the Finnish music professionals.

The gala has traditionally awarded the journalist, the record label, the organization and the festival of the year, among others. The Lifetime Achievement Award and Tampere Music Award are also awarded annually as special recognitions.

Industry Awards tickets

Gala tickets can either be bought seperately or as included in the Music x Media pass.

Industry Awards Gala partner Kivra gives the option to add gala tickets to their application. When purchasing the tickets through Tiketti.fi, you may choose PDF ticket sent to your email or delivery straight to the digi post service Kivra. You may also save your PDF ticket to Kivra app yourself, and ensure smooth entrance and the safekeeping of the tickets. The free Kivra app can be downloaded from the app stores.

Arriving to the gala

Industry Awards Gala venue is Sorsapuistosali at Tampere Hall. Tampere Hall is located in Yliopistonkatu 55.

The dress code for the event is black tie.

Doors are open at 5:30 PM.

Industry Awards Jury

The Jury members in 2022:

Osku Nurmi, Bauer Media
Laura Sandström, Sponsorointi & Tapahtumat Ry
Maiju Talvisto, Flow Festival & LiveFIN Ry
Ramona Forsström, Warner Music Finland & IFPI Ry
and Music x Media board members

Industry Awards 2022 nominees

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Harri Hautala (Aamulehti)
Matti Nives (Yle, Radio Helsinki & Soundi & We Jazz Magazine)
Katri Norrlin (YleX)
Ville Vedenpää (Yle)
Laura Vähähyyppä (Radio Rock)

PROGRAM OR MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Niina Jokiaho (Radio Nova)
Hanne Kautto (YleX)
Jussi Mäntysaari (Nelonen Media)
Henri Pulkkinen (Radio Helsinki)
Samuli Väänänen (Spotify Finland)

FINNISH MUSIC MEDIA OF THE YEAR
Antti x Antti
Iskelmä
Klangi
Soundi
Suomipop
YleX

COMMUNICATIONS OR MARKETING PERSON OF THE YEAR
Anniina Antti-Roiko (Sony Music Finland)
Veera Hjerppe (Universal Music Finland)
Anne Heikkonen (Nelonen Media Live)
Susanna Hulkkonen (Flow Festival)
Johanna Laitinen (Teosto)
Mikko Määttänen (Live Nation Finland)
Leo Tynkkynen (Warner Music Finland)

SUPPORTIVE PERSON OF THE YEAR
Isadora Kamotskin (Marketing Director at Warner Music Finland)
Anna-Kaisa Kaplas (Executive events expert at Tiketti)
Immo Kytölä (Producer at Tampere-talo)
Kari Reini (Technical Production Manager Nelonen Media Live)

FUTURE MAPPER OF THE YEAR
Renaz Ebrahimi (Journalist, Radio Host and DJ)
Laura Jonsson (Promotion Manager at PME Records and member of MYÖS Collective)
Tina Jukarainen (Executive Director of Manage Me)
Emma-Lotta Juutilainen (Producer Manager at Fullsteam)
Iira Leinonen (Promotion Manager at Warner Music Finland)

THIS YEAR’S MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN THE ORGANIZATION FIELD
Jaakko Kämäräinen (SKAALA initiative)
Piia Lääveri (LiveFin and Taide- ja kulttuurialan ammattijärjestö TAKU)
Maria Sahlstedt (Tapahtumateollisuus ry)
Katariina Sorsa (Music Finland)
Katja Vauhkonen (IndieCo) 

PRODUTION SERVICE OF THE YEAR
Akun Tehdas
Creative Technology
Lively
Stopteltat
Sun Effects

RETAIL SERVICE OF THE YEAR
Gixon
Hel Goods
Levykauppa Äx
Spotify Suomi
Yle Areena

TICKETING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Lippu.fi
NetTicket
Ticketmaster
Tiketti

MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Carla Ahonius (Manage Me) 
Virpi Immonen (Fullsteam Management)
Joonas Isopahkala (PME Management)
Jouni Markkanen (Grey Beard Oy)
Toni Peiju (Till Dawn They Count)

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Fullsteam Management
Grey Beard
Manage Me
PME Management
Till Dawn They Count

EVENT PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Krista Heinonen (Nelonen Media Live)
Osku Jalkanen (Warner Music Live and
Backline Rental Finland)
Iina Maula (Fullsteam Agency)
Jukka “Juki”
Pohjolainen (Savonlinna
Opera Festival)
Maiju Talvisto (Flow Festival)

BOOKER OR AGENT OF THE YEAR
Mikko Korpi (Warner Music Live)
Pia Raitala (Raitala Music)
Mikko Varjamo (Live Nation Finland)
Feniks Willamo (All Day Agency)
Mika Sorola (Fullsteam Agency)

PROMOTER OR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Valter Filosof (Live Nation Finland)
Jake Hannula (Warner Music Finland)
Minnakaisa Kuivalainen (Tampere Music Festivals)
Mikko Niemelä (Ruisrock)
Janne Tamminen (Nelonen Media Live)
Rauha Kyyrö (Fullsteam Agency)

AGENCY OF THE YEAR
All Day
Fazer Artist Management
Fullsteam Agency
Grey Beard Oy
Live Nation Finland

VENUE OR CLUB OF THE YEAR
Kerubi
Krapin Paja
Lutakko
Tavastia
Tullikamari

CONCERT HALL OF THE YEAR
Logomo
Madetojan sali
Savoy-teatteri
Sellosali
Tampere-talo

EVENT ARENA OF THE YEAR
Gatorade Center 
Himos Park
Laukko Manor
Nokia Arena
Olympic Stadium

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
Flow Festival
Ilosaarirock
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival
Ruisrock
Tuska Festival

EVENT OF THE YEAR
Hassisen kone, Ratinan Stadion
J. Karjalainen, Helsingin jäähalli
Queen + Adam Lambert: The Rhapsody Tour, Nokia Arena
Haloo Helsinki! at Olympic Stadium
Yona & Tapiola Sinfonietta, Music Hall

BRAND OR PARTNERSHIP PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
ABREU and Pepsi MAX
Hassan Maikal and McDonald’s Finland: #spokenword by Hassan Maikal x McDonald’s
Haloo Helsinki! and Mielinauha Campaign
Isac Elliot ja Battery Energy Drink: Battery Remix 22
Etta and Froosh: Froosh Baby

A&R PERSON OF THE YEAR
Jarkko Ehnqvist, Universal Music Finland
Olli Halonen, Sony Music Finland
Ida Karimaa, Monsp Records
Fredi Lundén, Warner Music Finland
Heikki Puhakainen, Kaiku Entertainment

MUSIC PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
Elements Music
HMC Publishing
Kaiku Songs
Nordic Music Partners
Ranka Kustannus

MAJOR RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR
Sony Music Finland
Universal Music Finland
Warner Music Finland

INDIE RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR
Kaiku Entertainment
Playground Music Finland
PME Records
Ranka Kustannus
Skorpioni
We Jazz Records

All registered Music x Media ticket holders had the chance to vote for the Industry Awards winners before Sept 15.

Industry Awards Jury

The Industry Awards nominees were selected together with a public vote and the Industry Awards jury.
Jury members 2022:
Osku Nurmi, Bauer Media
Laura Sandström, Sponsorointi & Tapahtumat Ry
Maiju Talvisto, Flow Festival & LiveFIN Ry
Ramona Forsström, Warner Music Finland & IFPI Ry
and Music x Media Board

Industry Awards Gala was celebrated 8 October 2021

The sold out Industry Awards Gala of 2021 was celebrated Fri 8 October 2021. The Gala summed up the past year and praised those to whom the praise belongs: music industry professionals and parties who have during the past year worked hard and succeeded.

 Proposals for suitable nominees were collected during the summer through an open survey, and the final nominations were given based on the survey answers as well as the opinions of Music & Media jury. This year the jury consisted of the board of Music & Media and invited organization representatives Jenna Lahtinen (LiveFIN ry), Tommi Kyyrä (Musiikkituottajat – Ifpi Finland ry), Jari Muikku (Musiikkikustantajat ry) and Katja Vauhkonen (Indieco ry).

Photos: Miikka Varila

Industry Awards 2021 winners:

Journalist of the year: Maria Veitola / Musa vai bisnes

Music or Program manager of the year: Tapio Hakanen / YleX

Radio of the year: Radio Helsinki

Music media of the year: YleX

PR or Marketing person of the year: record label: Stella Kylä-Liuhala / Universal Music

PR or Marketing person of the year: live: Annakaisa Anttila / Kesärauha

Cornerstone of the year: Susse Salonen / Freelancer

Future Visionary: Sanni Kahilainen / Muusikkojen liitto

Organization of the year: Tapahtumateollisuus

Organizational leader of the year: Jenna Lahtinen / LiveFIN

Production service provider of the year: Akun Tehdas

Retail service of the year: Yle Areena

Ticketing company of the year: Tiketti

Brand partnership of the year: Vallila x Tavastia: Backstage

Manager of the year: Heta Hyttinen / Ginger Vine Management

Management company of the year: Till Dawn They Count Ltd Oy

Event producer of the year: Sandy Kantola / Qstock

Agent of the year: Annika Oksanen / Live Nation Finland

Promoter or artistic director of the year: Pietu Sepponen / Kesärauha, Lost In Music

Agency of the year: Fullsteam Agency

Venue of the year: club: G Livelab Tampere

Venue of the year: concert hall: Tampere-talo

Venue of the year: arena: Allas Sea Pool

Classical Music Festival of the year: Meidän Festivaali

Festival of the year: Kesärauha

Concert or tour of the year: An Evening with Nightwish in a Virtual World / Fullsteam Agency, Till Dawn They Count Ltd, Zoan

A&R Person of the year: Minna Koivisto / Universal Music Finland, Johanna Kustannus

Music publisher of the year: Kaiku Songs

Record label of the year: indie: PME Records

Record label of the year: major: Universal Music Finland

Walk of Fame Stars 2021: Mikko Alatalo, Yö, Värttinä, Kaija Koo, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Special award: Mitta on täysi! -campaing

Tampere Music Award: Ben Mandelson

Lifetime achievement award:  Hannu Saha

Tampere Music Award

The Tampere Music Award is a special recognition award, presented in collaboration with the City of Tampere to honor a person, a business, an organization or an idea that has greatly influenced the music industry.

“The City of Tampere invests heavily in developing the creative industries and the Creative Tampere Program, launched in 2006, remains the largest regional creative development initiative in Finland. We are proud to host the region’s most important annual music event in Tampere.”

former Mayor of the City of Tampere, Mrs. Anna-Kaisa Ikonen.

Each year the trophy is uniquely designed by a local artist and given to the winner in the Industry Awards Gala. Starting from 2019, Tampere Music Award winners’ names will be immortalized on the Walk of Fame Finland.

Winners of Tampere Music Award for Exceptional Achievement in Music Business:

Photo: Miikka Varila

2021: Ben Mandelson

2019: Daniel Lieberberg

2018: Anna Hildur

2017: Pelle Lidell

2016: Onta Shiroh

2015: Holger Tiefenbach

2014: Helen Sildna

2013: Jonas Sjöström

2012: Jan Sneum

2011: Artemyi Troitsky

2010: Rein Lang

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