Introducing our 2018 main sponsor

The BCMA is proud to announce that this year’s main sponsor is

Being fortunate enough to live on the grounds of Whitebottom Farm, the home to Buckle and Boots festival, we have been lucky enough to enjoy country music at it’s best, and we are honoured to be the main sponsors for this year’s BCM Awards.

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.


Buckle & Boots Country Music Festival

Following a hugely successful and widely-acclaimed festival this year, Buckle & Boots Country Festival will return for a fourth year in June at Whitebottom Farm! Located in the heart of the Stockport countryside in Etherow Park, Buckle & Boots provides a unique opportunity for country fans to experience some of the greatest talents in British and worldwide country music in a picturesque rural location. Taking place over 3 days (June 23-25), the festival combines stunning music, great food, top quality camping facilities, and an unrivalled community spirit, creating one of the most entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable events of the year.

Last year’s inaugural festival was a phenomenal launch. With meet and greet opportunities and a warm, friendly approach, the festival encouraged a special connection between artists and fans and a wonderful communal atmosphere. Where else could you have your pint pulled at the bar by your favourite country artists? Where else could you wake up in the morning to the sound of some of the genre’s best talents jamming on their guitars just a few tents away? The festival encapsulates everything country music should be – love, laughs and a big like-minded family.

This year promises to crank up proceedings another notch, with an array of immensely talented musicians from all over the world coming to the festival to showcase their craft. The British Country Music Association will be hosting the ‘BCMA Stage’, presenting some of the brightest talents and rising prospects from the British country music scene, and there will also be a huge number of UK acts thrilling audiences on the Paddock Stage.


Established in 1965 by its eponymous founder, John Hornby Skewes, and his wife Madge from their modest home in Garforth near Leeds, the couple built JHS up from a standing start with just a few small accessories.

Fifty years or more after those humble beginnings, and now operating from a purpose built warehouse and office complex close to junction 47 of the M1 motorway, JHS has become a truly international company, representing over seventy industry leading distributed brands in the UK/ROI, the countries of the European Union, USA and beyond.

JHS proprietary brands, including Fret-King, Vintage, Laka, Santos Martinez, Pilgrim, Encore and Falcon fretted instruments, Antoni orchestral stringed instruments, Odyssey brass and woodwind, Kinsman musical accessories, PP Drums and JHS Hornby recorders are represented in over ninety markets worldwide.

By working closely over recent years with a number of industry renowned builders, designers and master craftsmen such as Trev Wilkinson, Peter Pollard, Paul Brett and Paul Tebbut, JHS brands have gone on to win accolades, awards and praise across the board for products that are bursting with professional features and specification, punching well above their often modest price tags.

Now offering nearly 6000 lines and active in a multitude of categories – hi-end, boutique guitar amps, orchestral stringed instruments, stadium sound reinforcement, band PA, brass and woodwind instruments, karaoke, specialist shop fittings for musical products, educational percussion, conductors batons, guitar pickups and components, traditional metronomes, guitars to banjos, to ukes, JHS is a true full line distributor stocking just about anything and everything a musician or reseller of musical products could need.

Sonnet Music

Sonnet Music is a boutique digital creative agency specialising in music publicity and social growth.

From tastemaker blogs through to the newest emerging social media platforms, we work with artists, managers and labels to create a strong and relevant brand for their music. We connect artists and bands with their fans in the digital space through creative digital strategy, publicity and brand alignment.

Whether you represent a small independent team or an established artist or group, we work closely with you to create and place relevant content that connects not only with your current fan-base, but also engages new supporters and activity across your online platforms. We are creative, dedicated and innovative.

At Sonnet we believe that successful PR and digital strategy goes hand in hand with good artist management. Our project management team specialise in both short-term release strategy, and long term artist development for our clients both from the UK and Internationally.

Cross Country Magazine

Cross Country is the number one monthly Country music magazine keeping you up to date with the British and US Country scene as well as the latest news for dancers. It includes cd reviews, international news, UK news, a comprehensive gig guide of who is on where around the UK and an up to date list of touring acts from around the world. It also features the latest top 20 albums and singles from the USA and there are more advertisements in one place than you can see anywhere in any other magazine or website.



Cross Country is published by Puddleduck Publishing Ltd.

Crossroad Social Media

Welcome to Crossroad Social Media. The world of business has changed massively over the past decade with more opportunities to reach potential customers than ever before. With these changes continuing and audience engagement on the rise it is important that your business stays in touch with the changing business climate.

We can help you take your company in a new direction, be it through enhanced Social Media techniques, a new website to increase your online presence or a complete company re-brand. You can see some of the services we provide on this site so feel free to ask if we can help you with your requirements.

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Cumbrae Group

Cumbrae Group, run by Gavin & Christine Chittick, is a UK based country music promoter, responsible for Millport Country Music Festival, held in September in Scotland, and the new Country In The Afternoon mini-festival to be held in June 2019 in Putney, London.