Music Industries Association Awards 2012 announced

The best instruments, music shops and music technology software were honoured last night at the Music Industry Association awards.

MIA Awards

Yamaha, Fender GBI and Professional Music Technology were among those celebrated at the Music Industries Association (MIA) Awards last night at the Emirates Stadium, London. The awards honour the best-selling and most reliable products in the industry, and provide a platform to acknowledge innovation in the UK's musical instrument industry.

More than 20,000 members of the general public cast their votes in a wide range of categories, from Best Classical Instruments, to Best Guitar Amplifier, through to the Best Independent Retailer. 

Paul McManus, MIA Chief Executive, said: “The MIA Music Awards are a celebration of the vibrancy, diversity and achievements of the industry. The evening provides an important opportunity to give due recognition to the wonderful people, organisations and products that are currently at the forefront of our great industry.”

MIA is the UK trade association representing the instrument industry. Its members include manufacturers, distributors, publishers, retailers and educators of instruments and associated products.

MIA Awards 2012 Winners


Best Wind: Signature Custom Raw Tenor Saxophone – Worldwind Music Ltd

Best Bowed: Stentor Student II Violin Outfit – Stentor Music Co. Ltd.

Best Classical Guitar: Santos Martinez Raymond Burley Signature Model – John Hornby Skewes & Co Ltd 

Best Keyboard: Yamaha Clavinova CLP-440 Digital Piano – Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK) 

Best Classical Music Instrument Shop: Dawkes Music 


Best Export Initiative: Rotosound Manufacturing Ltd

Music Maker Award: Sheehan’s Music Service

Lifetime Achievement: Mike Ketley


The Future Music Music Hardware of the Year: Kronus Music Workstation Korg UK Ltd

The Computer Music Music Software of the Year: Propellerhead Reason 6.5 Sound Technology Ltd

Music Radar Music Making App of the Year: Propellerhead Figure – Sound Technology Ltd

The Rhythm Percussion Product of the Year: Natal JMK Marshall Amplification plc

The Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year: Signature #4 Jim Root Terror Head Orange Music Electronic Company Ltd

The Guitar Techniques Acoustic Guitar of the Year: Faith Venus Hi Gloss Barnes & Mullins Ltd Sponsored by Guitarist and Music Radar

The Guitarist Electric Guitar of the Year: Johnny Mar Jaguar Fender GBI

Best Supplier (small): Guitar XS Ltd

Best Supplier (medium): The Sound Post Ltd

Best Supplier (large): Barnes & Mullins Ltd


Take It Away Retailer of the Year: One Man Band Best Specialist Retailer –

Best Independent Retailer: Anderton’s Music Co Ltd Best Multiple Retailer – Professional Music Technology