On November 22, Emma publishes a further blog post with various suggested points of action.
|Twitter messages posted by Mike Harding|
- A growing number of folk fans have criticised the awards for being too narrow in their frame of reference and for being exclusive, muddled and for having a voting system which is unrepresentative and undemocratic. The awards repeatedly rewards the same narrow group of performers while ignoring large swathes of the British folk scene, not only other performers but also the non-performing side, which is vital for the continued health of the music.
- Smooth Operations have denied that there is a problem, have repeated that the awards are compliant with BBC rules and policy (although what that policy is has also not been revealed), and that the voting system involving between 150 and 170 "folk professionals - including festival organisers, journalists, broadcasters, agents and record labels" is completely free of the possibility of corruption or coercion or conflict of interest.
- Folk Awards presenter Mike Harding has publicly announced that the public cannot be trusted to have a hand in the awards, and dismissed all criticism as "sniping", "carping" and "mischief".
- The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are Britain's premier folk music award. Because they fly the BBC flag, they de facto represent all licence-payers and consequently the vast majority of British folk fans.
- Commercially, they can transform the prospects of an act or a record, boosting ticket and record sales and consequently greatly boosting their fees of concert and festival appearances.
- The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are widely covered by the mainstream media, and are one of the few occasions virtually guaranteed to give the artists involved publicity outside the folk scene.
- The two-CD album produced each year in association with the awards is one of the best selling folk records in most years, which in itself is an important revenue generator for the artists and labels involved.