Production Music Association announces ‘Mark Award’ winners

The Production Music Association, the the industry trade group for the production music community, announced its first annual “Mark Award” winners for Excellence in Production Music. The awards were handed out September 9, 2015, during the Production Music Conference in Los Angeles.

Named in honor of the late Andy Mark, who was a music library owner and a founding member of the PMA, the Mark Awards recognize the very best in production music in 17 categories.

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Composer Brian Tyler delivered the keynote talk, as conducted by noted journalist Jon Burlingame, during the Second Annual PMC Event, which also presented 10 panels covering numerous topics pertinent to the production music industry. Hunter Williams is the Executive Director of the PMA.

The Winners of the 2015 “Mark Awards” are:

Hall of Fame Award:  Composer Gerhard Narholz, founder of Sonoton Production Music. NOTE: Narholz’s son, Gregor Narholz, and Elisabeth Oei, Sonoton Director, North America, accepted the MARK AWARD in Gerhard’s honor.

Ambassador Award:  David Israelite, President & CEO of the National Music Publishers Association

Under the Category: Best Production Music Track

Best Ambient Track:

“40 Winks”/9 Lives Music


Composer: Richard Dutnall

Best Dance Track:

Composer: Marius Lenoir

Best Electronic Track:


Composer: Hallway Swimmers

Best Hip Hop Track:

“We the Light”/Firstcom Music

Composer: Bryan Spitzer

Best Jazz Track:

“Bopology”/APM Music

Composer: Bill Novick & Paul Lenart


Best Orchestral Track:


Composer: Joseph Saba & Stewart Winter

Best Rock Track:
“Truth Is”/Amphibious Zoo Music

Composer: Scott Reinwand

Best Vocal Track:

“Comin’ For A Change”/BWN Music

Composer: Stephen Clinton Sullivan

Best World Track:

“A Stroll in Pelourinho”/Megatrax Production Music

Composer: Eduardo Lyra Krieger & Orlei Goncalves

Under the Category: Best Use of Production Music

Best Use of Production Music In A Commercial Advertisement:

“When Dreams Come True”/APM Music

Composer: Baptiste Francois Thiry

Best Use of Production Music In An On-Air Promo:

“Beethoven to the Fifth”/VideoHelper

Composer: Aaron Sapp

Best Use of Production Music In A Theatrical Film Trailer:

“It’s OK”/Audio Network

Composer: Tom Rosenthal & Max Brodie

Best Use of Production Music As Theme Song In TV Program:

“Into Battle”/Stephen Arnold Music

Composer: Robert Price & Stephen Arnold

Best Use of Production Music As Underscore In A TV Program:

“All Up In Ya Earhole”/VideoHelper

Composer: Brian Randazzo

Best Use of Production Music In Full-Length Theatrical Film:

“Not Alone”/MidCoast Music

Composer: Christopher Francis Hanson & Matthew Schwanke