20-time Grammy winning Pat Metheny bags Jazz FM’s Gold gong

Million-selling US jazz guitarist Pat Metheny to take home the PRS for Music Gold Award at next week’s Jazz FM Awards

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The winner of the PRS for Music Gold Award at the 2018 Jazz FM Awards is revealed today as million-selling US jazz guitarist and educator Pat Metheny. Recognizing his life-long contribution to jazz composition, performance and education, Metheny will receive the prestigious award next Monday 30th April, at Shoreditch Town Hall.

One of the leading lights of the jazz world, Metheny is hailed by critics and fans alike as peerless for his versatility and improvisational insight, which has seen him reinvent the traditional sound of jazz guitar. With works ranging from modern jazz, rock and classical across solo and large orchestral settings, Metheny has received a staggering 20 Grammy Awards, and is the only person to win Grammys in 12 different categories. 

Previous recipients of the PRS for Music Gold Award include pianist Ramsey Lewis and last year, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

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It is an incredible honour to be recognized by Jazz FM as the recipient of this year’s PRS for Music Gold Award.

Pat Metheny
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It is a genuine delight to be presenting Pat Metheny with the PRS for Music Gold Award at the Jazz FM Awards this year. He has worked with everyone from the iconic David Bowie to Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and Anna Maria Jopek, on top of his prolific output with the Pat Metheny Group and more experimental solo works like Orchestrion. Needless to say, his influence on progressive and contemporary jazz cannot be understated, and all of us at PRS for Music would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Pat on receiving this prestigious award.

Paul Clements, Executive Director of Membership, International & Licensing, PRS for Music

Also joining Cecile McLorin Salvant to perform on the night are Grammy-winning bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, who famously beat Justin Bieber and Drake to win ‘Best New Artist’ at the Grammys in 2011, plus one of the UK’s hottest emerging jazz artists, saxophonist Nubya Garcia for what will be a powerhouse all-female line-up on the night. Spalding and Garcia have been nominated in the Digital Initiative of the Year and Breakthrough Act of the Year categories respectively.

The Jazz FM Awards 2018 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious and is made possible with the support of PPL, PRS For Music, Mishcon de Reya, Rathbones, Oris Watches, British Airways, Grange Hotels, Lateralize, Oanda, Arqiva, Yamaha, RCS, Cambridge Audio, Shoreditch Town Hall, Denbies Wine Estate, Warsteiner, SharpStream, EC1 Studios and Boxer Gin.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2017, 6.6 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £717m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music is also part of the joint venture company, PPL PRS Ltd, which issues TheMusicLicence, giving businesses in the UK access to over 22.2 million musical works.

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It is an incredible honour to be recognized by Jazz FM as the recipient of this year’s PRS for Music Gold Award.

Pat Metheny
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It is a genuine delight to be presenting Pat Metheny with the PRS for Music Gold Award at the Jazz FM Awards this year. He has worked with everyone from the iconic David Bowie to Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and Anna Maria Jopek, on top of his prolific output with the Pat Metheny Group and more experimental solo works like Orchestrion. Needless to say, his influence on progressive and contemporary jazz cannot be understated, and all of us at PRS for Music would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Pat on receiving this prestigious award.

Paul Clements, Executive Director of Membership, International & Licensing, PRS for Music

Also joining Cecile McLorin Salvant to perform on the night are Grammy-winning bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, who famously beat Justin Bieber and Drake to win ‘Best New Artist’ at the Grammys in 2011, plus one of the UK’s hottest emerging jazz artists, saxophonist Nubya Garcia for what will be a powerhouse all-female line-up on the night. Spalding and Garcia have been nominated in the Digital Initiative of the Year and Breakthrough Act of the Year categories respectively.

The Jazz FM Awards 2018 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious and is made possible with the support of PPL, PRS For Music, Mishcon de Reya, Rathbones, Oris Watches, British Airways, Grange Hotels, Lateralize, Oanda, Arqiva, Yamaha, RCS, Cambridge Audio, Shoreditch Town Hall, Denbies Wine Estate, Warsteiner, SharpStream, EC1 Studios and Boxer Gin.