Music for Awards Ceremonies: The Ultimate Guide (2022)

// Article Last reviewed on6 September, 2022by authorPablo Olóndriz

  • The importance of music at an awards ceremony
  • Which music style works best?
  • How does PROs influence an award ceremony?
  • Where to buy the right music for the gala?
    • Epidemic Sound
    • Soundtrack Your Brand
    • Audiojungle
  • Conclusion

Whether you are celebrating a victory, recognizing excellence in an industry, or simply thanking the staff for services rendered, award ceremonies are a brilliant way to bring everyone together for a fun night out. And that would not be possible without selecting the perfect music for the gala.

Music helps to fill that void of sound, and it does so in a masterful way, accompanying each moment of the gala with an emotional factor.

In addition, each song and sound effect has its role, which it serves:

  • Surprise the audience
  • Recognize the actions of the evening
  • Create a festive and cheerful atmosphere
  • Keeping the public engaged and participatory during the ceremony
  • Increase tension and nerves before the winner is known

However, music does not only serve to make the gala enjoyable and attendees pack with the event. The songs also serve to fulfill another function: memory.

It has been scientifically proven that music helps a lot when it comes to increasing the probability of remembering. Therefore, if we want spectators to remember the awards gala as one of the best, you will need the right music.


The genre of music that we use in an awards ceremony will vary depending on elements such as the theme or the audience.

In the case of the theme, we must differentiate whether they are musical, corporate or sports awards, among many others. It is not the same to put music to galas such as The Oscars, The Goya or the MTV Music Awards as to put a soundtrack to the Ballon d’Or gala, the Prince of Asturias Prize or the Nobel Prize.

For example, Vangelis’ inspiring song ‘Chariots of Fire’ is a perfect song for sports award ceremonies that have already been used in events such as the Olympic Games.

However, this musical theme might not fit in the same way with Grammy awards or the Laureus gala.

Therefore, it is advisable to use these musical genres in the different prize galas:

  • Film, radio and television awards: classic, pop
  • Sports prizes: hymns, electronics, pop, folk
  • Scientific awards: classical, pop
  • Music awards: pop, rock, electronica, hip hop, Latin
  • Artistic prizes: classical, pop
  • Video game awards: electronic, pop

With respect to the audience that is going to attend the ceremony, we must also keep in mind their possible musical likes, because a song will not have the same effect in a more serious and formal audience than in a younger and more carefree collective.

It’s hard to please everyone with music. However, there are songs and musical genres more socially accepted as pop or folk music. In fact, most prize galas play songs that are repeated celebration after celebration because of the feeling they convey to their audience.

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A clear example of this is the song ‘We Are the Champions‘ by the British legend group Queen.

This song usually plays every time a football team wins the Champions League. In fact, it is already being used on almost every occasion when an athlete or team celebrate a title.

If you think about it, there are songs that, because of the emotional factor they arouse in people, could work just as well in all galas.

But before that you must know something important:

If you use copyrighted music during an awards ceremony, the PROs will probably do a thorough inspection and you will end up paying a good fine.

What are the PROs and how they influence the awards ceremonies?

Music for Awards Ceremonies: The Ultimate Guide (1)PRO is the acronym of ‘Performance Rights Organization’ and are in charge of controlling that the individuals and businesses use any kind of music content in a legal way. In each country, they have their own PRO. For example:

  • In the United States are BMI (Broadcast Music Inc), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors and Composers)
  • In Canada is SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)
  • In the United Kingdom are PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) and PRS (Performing Right Society)
  • In Spain is SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores’; in English ‘General Society of Authors and Publishers’)

On many occasions, PRO licenses can be ridiculously expensive for someone who wants to prepare an award ceremony. So probably you are thinking…

What happens if I use music without paying a PRO license?

If you are asking yourself this question, I invite you, for your own good, to get it out of your head as soon as possible.

As I mentioned earlier, the PROs usually make regular inspections in search of those people who have decided not to pay the fee. It is possible that, if you do, you will be lucky and not ‘caught’.

But if you want to use music for an event as big as an awards event, believe me, you have all the ballots to ‘win the prize’ of being fined, which is not cheap at all. In this case, you will also need to pay the licenses for the music you have used.

So, after clarifying this, f you need to choose between paying the PRO licenses or not pay them, I recommend you to pay them. But, fortunately, there are other platforms to which you can go to avoid having to pay the exaggerated amounts claimed by the PROs.

Alternatives to PRO licenses

ServicesType of musicPricesVisit
EPIDEMIC SOUNDRoyalty-free musicFrom $15 / month
SOUNDTRACK YOUR BRANDKnown famous songs34,99 € / month


AUDIOJUNGLESongs and sound effects without rightsFrom $15 per individual song


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Where can I get the right music for my awards gala?

That the famous songs are protected by copyright is a fact. Therefore, you will not be able to use them at the awards ceremony unless you:

  • Have the authorization of the original author or the record company that owns the content.
  • Pay the PROs license

The first option seems rather complicated since it would be necessary to talk to dozens of artists and record companies and pay a real fortune.

The second option is more feasible although, as you have seen, it is not a very economical option either. Luckily, there are much cheaper and more accessible alternatives, such as Soundtrack Your Band, Epidemic Sound or Audiojungle.

Epidemic Sound

Epidemic Sound es is a company dedicated to the sale of music tracks since its creation in 2009. Among its library, there is a collection that exceeds 30,000 songs and 60,000 sound effects, which is updated and increased every week.

Music for Awards Ceremonies: The Ultimate Guide (2)Its musical content is classified in a very specific and simple way, so you will have no problem finding the perfect music for the awards gala. You will be able to search by musical genre, as well as by instrument and mood, among other filters.

It also has the ‘Stems’ option, which allows you to choose a theme and modify it as you like. This feature allows you to design the audio track as you want, editing any sound elements such as, for example, eliminating vowels or leaving guitars alone.

To all this, Epidemic Sound adds the following advantages:

  • Weekly music library update
  • All audio tracks are copyright-free.
  • A large number and variety of songs and audio effects
  • You won’t have to worry about royalties or royalties anymore.
  • Possibility of immediate cancellation

What is its price?

Epidemic Sound hasa monthly subscription called ‘Personal Plan’ through which, for an amount of $15/month, you will have access to all its advantages.

However, they currently have a free 30-day trial service. Without a doubt, it is something that will help you get in touch with the platform and find out if it is the best service for your prize giving or not.

Soundtrack Your Brand

Soundtrack Your Brand is a Swedish startup that, since its creation in 2013, has been dedicated to providing all kinds of legal background music to its clients in exchange for a monthly payment.

Music for Awards Ceremonies: The Ultimate Guide (3)Its founders are Ola Sars and Andreas Liffgarden, former Spotify employees. In fact, at the beginning of this project, they hired several Spotify employees with the aim of growing this new company in the same way. In addition, they have a financing agreement signed with them through which they receive money to keep their growth.

That’s why Soundtrack Your Brand has been known as ‘Spotify for Business’, although legally and officially they have no relationship with them except because they are investors in this platform.

As far as music for awards is concerned, this platform is positioned as an equally efficient alternative to PROs licenses, but at a much lower economic cost.

To give you an idea, for a sum of $34,99 per month, you can have more than 300 soundtracks with thousands of songs and updated daily with 10,000 new songs to use in your gala awards in a legal way.

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It should be said that this price is only for Spain and other European countries like Germany, France or Italy. However, depending on the country where the event will take place, it is possible that it will have a different price.

For example, in the United Kingdom this service will cost £26.99 per month, and in the case of North America – the United States and Canada – it will be US$26.99.

Apart from the price, what differentiates Soundtrack Your Brand from SGAE licenses and other streaming music services is that it offers facilities such as

  • Automatic update of playlists and songs
  • Programming of the music for the different parts of the event
  • Can be used remotely via smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Available for operating systems such as iOS, Android and Windows
  • Import playlists and songs from Spotify
  • Hundreds of world-famous songs
  • Total and absolute control of the sound background

In addition, Soundtrack is currently offering a free 30-day trial period. This way, you will be able to test the platform without any commitment before the awards ceremony and see if it really fits your needs.

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IMPORTANT. If you are interested in this platform, you should know that, although Soundtrack Your Brand usually offers all the necessary rights on the music tracks, in some countries such as Australia, United Kingdom and Spain, it is necessary to acquire a public communication license through the record labels, music publishers, and/or local collection societies in order to use Soundtrack Your Brand legally.


Audiojungle is a company dedicated to the sale of songs with their respective copyright licenses. This will completely eliminate your concerns regarding PROs’ inspections and possible fines for copyright infringement.

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This marketplace has more than 700,000 audio tracks in WAV and MP3 formats, including both songs and sound effects, offering an unbeatable variety in comparison with other similar services. The vast majority of the tracks are characterized by having no lyrics, so they will be ideal for use as a background sound during the gala.

The way to navigate your portal is tremendously intuitive, with a search engine that goes to the point, finding genres like pop, rock or classic, among others. It also offers the possibility of listening to small pieces of the song so that you know quickly if the style you are looking for or not.

In addition, once you find a song that might fit the award ceremony, you may also like more songs from the same author. Just click on their name and all their available works will appear, saving you a lot of time in the search.

What are their prices?

Audiojungle licenses start at $15. However, the final price will vary depending on the artist, the musical quality of the song, or whether it is a song or sound effect:

TypePrice per audio trackListen to examples
SongsBetween $15 and $49


Sound effectsFrom $1 and $4


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The advantage of this type of license is that, once you have bought a song or effect, you can use them as many times as you want, no matter what else.

In addition, it is possible to download the entire song for free with a watermark. This way, although you will not be able to use it at your awards gala, you will be able to see what it looks like and decide whether or not to acquire the license.

Without a doubt, Audiojungle is a platform worth taking a look at.

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An awards ceremony is a way of paying tribute to those people who have shown great commitment to an organization or have achieved great things. It is, without a doubt, a unique scenario in which total harmony between the public and the winners is sought.

To achieve this, everything must be perfect: the decoration, the planning, and of course, the music.

Music is the perfect element to make emotions flow and empathize with the gala audience.

However, there is one thing you must be clear about: if you are going to use famous music at the gala, it is essential to respect copyright. If you don’t do that, you risk being investigated and fined by PRO entities.

Music for Awards Ceremonies: The Ultimate Guide (5)Luckily, platforms dedicated to offering legal music over the Internet are becoming more and more popular. These companies serve as real alternatives, of quality and with greater facilities than those provided by the very expensive licenses of the PROs.

This is where Epidemic Sound, Soundtrack Your Brand and Audiojunglecome into play. As you have seen, each of these platforms has its own characteristics, which make them different from the others.

However, they all have one thing in common: they will be able to provide the quality music you need to turn your awards gala into a memorable event for everyone.

Now it is up to you to decide which of them best suits your needs:

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How do you make an award ceremony fun? ›

5 Award Ceremony Ideas
  1. Keep it Light - and Funny. There's little reason for this kind of work event to be a stuffy, formal affair, and if you aim to keep it light and sprinkle in some humor, you'll probably find employees have a better time. ...
  2. Make it Fancy. ...
  3. Build it into a Bigger Company Event. ...
  4. Put it Online. ...
  5. Go Off-Site.

Why award ceremony is important? ›

Why are awards ceremonies important? Receiving an award boosts a person or company's worth in their field. The title 'Award winning' carries connotations of reputation and expertise – something that's priceless in any line of work! It also celebrates hard work, in turn making people feel appreciated and well-respected.

How do you end an award ceremony? ›

What to say at a ceremony closing
  1. Tell a fascinating story. Narration is one of the most powerful and successful techniques to close out your awards. ...
  2. Ask a rhetorical question. Rhetorical questions help to convince others. ...
  3. Word of wisdom. ...
  4. Many thanks.
28 Jun 2019

How do you start an award ceremony speech? ›

A very Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to Honorable Principal Sir/Madam, respected teachers, seniors, and my dear friends, Warm Greetings to Everyone! I heartily welcome you all to the annual award ceremony of this institution.

How do you start an award speech? ›

Introduce yourself and thank the group or organization asking you to speak. Then name the award and explain briefly about the award you are presenting. Be sure to include the scope of the award, be it local, regional, national, or international. Next explain what the winner accomplished to win this award.

What do you say at an award ceremony? ›

Talk about the awardee's work.

You could mention other awards they have won in the past or a memory or anecdote about the person being honored if you have a personal connection with them. You may also have a bio of theirs to read, if they specified how they wanted to be introduced.

How do you describe an award ceremony? ›

An awards ceremony is a type of ceremony where awards are given out. The ceremony may be arranged by a government organization, a society, a school, a trade association or even a company that specializes in running awards ceremonies.

How awards can improve the quality? ›

Quality Awards are not only about rewarding organizations but also about recognizing the importance of quality in the business. These awards are often used as a tool to raise awareness among employees and customers about the importance of quality. They also help to improve customer satisfaction and employee morale.

What do you say at Closing ceremony? ›

Formal Closing Remarks

It's been a pleasure being with all of you today, thank you. Thank you all for your patience, I wish you all a very good evening. Good Bye. It's been an honor to be among such accomplished individuals and to be able to present my perspective before you all, thank you and good evening/day.

How do you anchor an award ceremony? ›

The anchoring script for an award ceremony consists of an introduction, climax, and logical ending. There are opening and closing ceremony features, introducing the members, and other details indicated. Welcoming everyone should be done first. Organizers will greet the audience with warm words from the stage.

What are some examples of recognition based awards? ›

Some examples are:
  • Top Performer Award.
  • Employee of the Month Award.
  • MVP Award.
  • Workplace Safety Leader Award.
  • Culture Champion Award.
  • Mentorship Award.
  • Living Our Values Award.
  • Team Player Award.
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How do I start an award? ›

  1. Write a brief. The brief for your awards show should outline the purpose of the event. ...
  2. Pick a theme. The ceremony will be more interesting if you give it an overarching theme. ...
  3. Set the budget. ...
  4. Choose a venue. ...
  5. Plan the stage design. ...
  6. Create a floor plan. ...
  7. Plan sound and video. ...
  8. Pick the award songs.
9 Jul 2019

Why do I deserve this award? ›

One of the reasons why I deserve this award is because of the passion, sacrifice and discipline shown throughout my lifespan as a student. My classmates always referred to me as the smart guy who demonstrated lots of respect towards school, did the assignment on time and would show affection for every class.

What is the best award to win? ›

1. The Nobel Prize. This prestigious trophy is named for Alfred Nobel, who created dynamite.

What makes a good acceptance speech? ›

Audience engagement and speaker authenticity are the key drivers of a great acceptance speech. Winners who delivered the best acceptance speeches conveyed genuine excitement and eagerness to thank those who made their success possible.

How do you speak in award function? ›

Introduction to Thank You Speech for Award

Nevertheless, I am very glad to deliver my speech on such an important and momentous occasion in my life. It is a huge honor for me to receive this award for being the employee of the year. I am deeply honored by my superiors for this recognition of my work.

What are the three major traits of a good acceptance speech? ›

The speech of acceptance is a speech given by the recipient of a prize or honor. There are three typical components of a speech of acceptance: 1) thank the givers of the award or honor, 2) thank those who helped you achieve your goal, and 3) put the award or honor into perspective.

How do you end an award speech? ›

9 Tips to End a Speech With a Bang
  1. 1) Plan Your Closing Remarks Word for Word. ...
  2. 2) Always End a Speech With a Call to Action. ...
  3. 3) End a Speech With a Summary. ...
  4. 4) Close with a story. ...
  5. 5) Make Them Laugh. ...
  6. 6) Make It Rhyme. ...
  7. 7) Close With Inspiration. ...
  8. 8) Make it Clear That You're Done.

How many words is a 2 minute speech? ›

There are 150 words in a 1-minute speech. How many words in a 2-minute speech? There are 300 words in a 2-minute speech.

How do you end an award acceptance speech? ›

Concluding Paragraph

There are many ways to end your acceptance speech. The best way is with a message that you hope the audience will remember or say something funny. For example, think of an inspiring message for them. Try to make it humorous so they can laugh while reflecting on what's been said.

How do you anchor an award ceremony? ›

The anchoring script for an award ceremony consists of an introduction, climax, and logical ending. There are opening and closing ceremony features, introducing the members, and other details indicated. Welcoming everyone should be done first. Organizers will greet the audience with warm words from the stage.

How do you make a virtual awards ceremony fun? ›

Here are some tips on how to make your virtual awards ceremony fun and engaging.
  1. Choose the right presenter. Choosing the right presenter or host is one of the biggest parts of any awards ceremony. ...
  2. Encourage a dress code. ...
  3. Host a pre-awards show. ...
  4. Incorporate a game.

What happens at an awards ceremony? ›

Most award ceremonies tend to be split up into four key sections: Drinks reception – a chance to socialise and network around the bar ahead of being seated. Dinner – a three or four-course meal, with tables usually consisting of 10 or 12 guests. Award presentations – what you've all been waiting for!

What are some good Award names? ›

Top Performer Award Names
  • President's Circle.
  • Chairman's Award.
  • Leadership Award.
  • Pinnacle Award.
  • Spotlight Award.
  • Standing Ovation. Learn about Top Performer Recognition Programs from Terryberry. Top Recognition Club Names.
  • Circle of Excellence.
  • Hall of Fame.
20 Dec 2021

What are some examples of recognition based awards? ›

Some examples are:
  • Top Performer Award.
  • Employee of the Month Award.
  • MVP Award.
  • Workplace Safety Leader Award.
  • Culture Champion Award.
  • Mentorship Award.
  • Living Our Values Award.
  • Team Player Award.
1 Sept 2022

What should I write in an award of recognition? ›

Congratulations on receiving [name of award]! We want to thank you for your hard work this year and for demonstrating our company's values of [value] and [value]. Your work on [insert project or why they're receiving recognition] was exceptional, and we're grateful to have you as a part of the [company] family.

What are the best lines to start anchoring in an event? ›

Good Morning and Warm Welcome to Everyone!!!! We Welcome You to this Auspicious Ceremony!! Hello!!!! and Welcome!!!! My name is (name) and I welcome you to this grand event on the behalf of (organization name).

What are the best lines to end anchoring? ›

→In the end, I would like you all to enjoy this moment to the fullest. This morning is yours and it is a big event for you all. Also, I would like to thank everyone for providing this opportunity and an extraordinary forum. It was my pleasure to share my thoughts with you all here and welcome you all.

How do you introduce yourself in anchoring? ›

How to Start Introduction While Anchoring?
  1. Asking Question.
  2. With a Beautiful Quote.
  3. Sing a Song.
  4. Recite a Poem.
  5. Summary of the event.
  6. With a joke.
  7. Welcoming.
  8. Introducing About Yourself and the Event.
9 Mar 2020

What is the best award to win? ›

1. The Nobel Prize. This prestigious trophy is named for Alfred Nobel, who created dynamite.

Why do I deserve this award? ›

One of the reasons why I deserve this award is because of the passion, sacrifice and discipline shown throughout my lifespan as a student. My classmates always referred to me as the smart guy who demonstrated lots of respect towards school, did the assignment on time and would show affection for every class.

What is an award ceremony called? ›

Noun. A ceremony, with a theme, at which awards are given out. ceremony. commencement.


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