Chipotle’s “The Scarecrow,” an animated short that depicts the impact of factory-produced, processed foods as seen through the eyes of a forlorn scarecrow, was named Best in Show at the 2nd AMP Awards for Music and Sound, sponsored by the Association of Music Producers. 

The film uses a haunting version of the song “Pure Imagination” recorded by Fiona Apple as its powerful soundtrack. Entered by duotone audio group in New York, which handled music supervision on the project, it was created by CAA Marketing and produced by Moonbot Studios.

“The Scarecrow” also won the AMP Award for duotone in the category of Best Use of Music / Sound for Web or Interactive Branding.  It was among a dozen AMP Awards handed out at a sold-out awards gala and party held at City Winery in New York tonight.

Also earning two AMP Awards was Walker, the Portland, Oregon-based music studio, which won in the Outstanding Adaptation category for “The Boxtrolls Trailer # 2,” produced for LAIKA, the animation studio, and in Most Effective Use of Music in a Campaign for “Baby Face,” produced for Old Spice Body Spray. 

Joining duotone and Walker in the AMP Awards winners circle were JSM Music, Finger Music & Sound, Nylon Studios, BBDO New York, COPILOT Strategic Music + Sound, Cutters Studios, Q Department, Butter Music and Sound and tonefarmer.  (A full list of 2014 AMP Awards for Music and Sound winners appears below.)

The induction of two iconic brands into the AMP Hall of Fame also took place during the AMP Awards gala.  Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in the Use of Music to Define the Brand was Nike and Budweiser.  Accepting on behalf of Nike were MarkThomashow, Global Director Business Affairs / Brand Communications and JT Griffith, Music Creative and Licensing Manager, while Tom Kraus, Director of Budweiser for Anheuser Busch, accepted on behalf of Budweiser.  The Hall of Fame honors were presented by Greg Glenday, President of Clear Channel Connections.

In addition to the awards presentation, the audience of 300 professionals from the worlds of advertising, music and sound production, labels and music publishers were also treated to performances from Island Records recording artists American Authors and Capitol Records artist Sky Ferreira. 

A number of luminaries from the ad agency and music publishing worlds took part as presenters at the ceremony, including Tor Myhren, Grey Worldwide Global Chief Creative Officer; Rani Vaz, Senior VP and Director of Music and Radio Production at BBDO New York and head of the AMP Awards Advisory Board; Josh Rabinowitz, EVP/Director of Music, Grey Worldwide and Past AMP Advisory Board Chair; and Sara Connally, VP, Advertising & Film Trailer Creative at UMG’s Island Records and Republic Records Group.  The evening was hosted by Lyle Greenfield, past AMP Board President and founder, Bang Music.

The full list of 2014 winners includes:

Best Original Song
“Body Builder,” Go Daddy
JSM Music

Best Original Score
“The People Take Arms,” Bacardi
duotone audio group

Outstanding Adaptation
“The Boxtrolls Trailer #2,” LAIKA

Best Use of a Licensed Song
“Guinness Sapeurs,” Guinness
Song:  “What Makes A Good Man?”  by The Heavy
Finger Music & Sound Design

Best Sound Design
“Intelligent Sounds,” Intel Tablets
Nylon Studios

“Training Tracks,” Gillette Clear Gel Deodorant
BBDO New York

Most Effective Use of Music in a Campaign
“Baby Face,” Old Spice Body Spray

Best Use of Music for a Film or Game Trailer
“Wolfenstein: The New Order”
Original Score: COPILOT Strategic Music + Sound
Featuring “All Along The Watchtower” Artist:  Jimi Hendrix

Best Use of Music / Sound for Web or Interactive Branding
“The Scarecrow,” Chipotle
Song:  “Pure Imagination”  Artist:  Fiona Apple
Music Supervision: duotone audio group

Outstanding Mix
“The Getaway,” Diehard
Cutters Studios

Most Effective Sonic Branding
“Showtime ID,” Showtime
Q Department

Most Impactful Radio Commercial
“Sing About It,” Charmin
Butter Music and Sound

“My Country,” Moms Demand Action

Among the sponsors for this year’s event are Clear Channel Communications + iHeart Radio, Island Records and Grey Worldwide. Additional sponsors include QuietMan and SourceEcreative.

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