ICYMI: Five women among winners at the Music Producers Guild Awards including Catherine Marks who was named Producer of the Year

Catherine Marks, image by Jennifer McCord

Catherine Marks, image by Jennifer McCord

Grosvenor House in London was the landmark that marked a landmark on Friday when five women won big at the Music Producers Guild Awards. The prestigious event is the music industry's night of nights for people who work behind the scenes as engineers and producers and has historically rewarded many men.

However, this year, five of the gongs were awarded to women, including the night's most coveted prize - Producer of the Year, won by none other than Australian producer Catherine Marks.

Marks who has worked with The Amazons, St Vincent, Wolf Allan, Foals to name a few, told her Instagram followers she was not expecting the award, hadn't prepared a speech and accepted it in a trance like state.

She thanked a long list of people in the social media post with a special shout out to legendary producers Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, more) and Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, more) who she has worked with very closely over the years.

Read our interview with Catherine Marks here

Most importantly Marks acknowledged members of the MPG who she says, "champion women not just cos (sic) it's cool right now but because you genuinely understand the need for equality and diversity in our industry."

The other women who won awards were Manon Grandjean for Engineer of the Year (Stormzy, London Grammar, more), Marta Salogni who won Breakthrough Engineer of the Year (Tracey Thorn, Bjork, MIA, more), musician and producer Imogen Heap who won The MPG Award For Inspiration, and Jane Third who won The A&R Award.