Hooton Tennis Club

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Edge Hill’s ground breaking record label has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award, it was announced this week.

The Label Recordings is shortlisted alongside five other institutions in the Excellence and Innovation in the Arts category, with the winner due to be announced at a glittering ceremony in London on 26 November.

Edge Hill University’s not-for-profit record label, The Label Recordings, set up in November 2013 by lecturers Carl Hunter and Clare Heney is an innovative means of promoting student employability in the notoriously closed-off music industry.

Through mentoring, shadowing and tutoring, The Label operates exactly like an industry placement. Student volunteers from various degree disciplines work across fluid teams in A&R (artist scouting), music and video production, marketing, event management and graphic design.

This exciting new endeavour has propelled Edge Hill from a relative unknown in the music industry to one of higher education’s most credible voices in popular music.

The record label has had four signings so far: The Inkhearts, Hooton Tennis Club, The Little Secrets and SeaWitches. All artists have received international airplay including on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music. Hooton Tennis Club have now signed a record deal with Heavenly Recordings, been named NME’s Band of the Week, received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and obtained a coveted slot at Glastonbury Festival 2015.

No other University record label in the last 10 years can match the level of music industry exposure achieved by The Label Recordings. The Label is frequently mentioned and discussed on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, and has been discussed in NME Magazine. BBC North West Tonight recently ran a feature on the record label’s success featuring interviews with Carl Hunter, students and a student-made music video.

Roy Bayfield, Director of Corporate Communications at Edge Hill said: “I’m delighted that The Label has been nominated for the THE Excellence and Innovation in the Arts award. The shortlisting recognises the hard work and creative vision from students, staff and artists which has been constant since the project’s inception. The Label continues to offer students unparalleled industry experience and opportunities, and the success the acts are achieving is incredible.”