The Production Music Association has opened the entry period for the third annual Mark Awards.

Named after the late Andy Mark, a founding member of the PMA, the Mark Awards recognize achievements in production music and are handed out each year at the annual Production Music Conference. PMC 2017 is scheduled to take place Oct. 4-6 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

This year’s Mark Awards entries are being solicited in 27 different categories, including a dozen for Best Production Music Track in various musical genres; five for Best Usage of Production Music in a variety of programming types; six Best PML Artist awards honoring artists in different categories; and a handful of additional awards, including the Hall of Fame and Ambassador Awards.

The complete list of Awards Categories defined by the PMA follows:

Best Production Music Track

Defined as an original or arranged track released for licensing in the respective genre for which relevance is ascribed by keywords and/or meta-tags containing that genre name.

01 Best Ambient Track

02 Best EDM Track

03 Best Folk Track

04 Best Hip Hop/Urban Track

05 Best Jazz Track

06 Best Pop/ROCK Track

07 Best Orchestral Track

08 Best Vocal Track

09 Best World Track

10 Best Dark/Mysterious/Investigative Track

11 Best Film Trailer Track

12 Best Country Track

Best Usage of Production Music

Defined as the uniquely effective use of an original or arranged library track that compellingly enhances the visual storytelling of the respective production type.

13 Best Usage of Production Music In a Commercial Advertisement

14 Best Usage of Production Music In On-Air Promo

15 Best Usage of Production Music In a Theatrical/Video Game Trailer

16 Best Usage of Production Music As Theme Song In TV Program

17 Best Usage of Production Music In Online/Digital Advertising

Best PML Artist

18 Best PML Indie/Vocal Artist

19 Best PML Pop/Rock Artist

20 Best PML Hip Hop/Urban Artist

21 Best PML Country Artist

22 Best PML Jazz Artist

23 Best PML Folk Artist

24 Best Non-Categorical / Wildcard Music Track

25 Best Cover Art

26 Special Achievement – Hall of Fame Award

  • Given to an individual of a current or pre-existing production music library whose work has made significant contributions towards the advancement of the production music industry.

27 Special Achievement – Ambassador Award

  • Given to an individual from any field who has devoted exceptional service towards ensuring a thriving and sustainable production music industry.

The Mark Awards 2017: