安全保障関連法案反対声明
 日本は敗戦後70年間、戦後の憲法に明記された「戦力の不保持」と「交戦権の否認」を前提に新しい文化国家となるべく、国造りに励んでまいりました。この歩みを逆行させて「戦争のできる国」へ憲法を変質させる、今回の安保関連法案に当クラブは廃案を求めます。
 他国の脅威に怯え戦争できる法律を作ることは平和への大きな躓きとなるでしょう。政治の指導者は、戦争を回避してこそ尊敬されるはずです。わたくしたちはそのような指導者を切望しています。

             ミュージック・ペンクラブ・ジャパン会員有志一同


ミュージック・ペンクラブ・ジャパンは一般社団法人になりました。
ミュージック・ペンクラブ・ジャパンは、1966年に設立された「音楽執筆者協議会」を母胎としています。この団体は当時の音楽界の第一線に立つ約40名のクラシック、ポピュラーの音楽評論家・オーディオ評論家によって結成されたもので、会員の原稿料・著作権保護を求め、同時に言論による日本の音楽文化の向上を目指した権益保護団体でした。

1994年に、ペンをもって音楽と関わる人材を集めた組織として、名前を「ミュージック・ペンクラブ・ジャパン」に変更。

本年2014年には、音楽文化の発展を担う組織として、その活動を一層公的かつ国際的なものとすべく法人化に踏み切りました。

会員の幅は広がり、現在では音楽評論家、オーディオ評論家、音楽学者、音楽ライター、作曲家、演奏家、プロデューサー、訳詩者、編集者など、多様な職域から音楽に関わる専門家が結集しています。

また、当会発信のホームページを持ち、音楽賞や音楽セミナー、イベントなどの文化活動を定期的に行っています。2014年現在、会員数は約170名です。

THE MUSIC PEN CLUB JAPAN
The Music Pen Club Japan was founded in 1966 as an authorized personal rights protection organization under the initial name "The Music Writers Council". Consisting of forty leading music critics in Japan we have written about various music genres, such as classical music and popular music as well as other music-related fields including audio equipment. Not only do we fight to protect our copyrights and payments for manuscripts, we also seek to foster ever growing positive developments within Japan's music culture.

In 1994 the name was changed from "The Music Writers Council" to "The Music Pen Club Japan", deliberately using the word "Pen" in our name as it is commonly the writer's most important tool. This name change symbolically expresses the organizational assembly of writers in all music-related fields.

In 2014 The Music Pen Club Japan emerged as a general incorporated association, which is now officially an organization responsible for Japanese music culture. This has allowed us to expand our activities on a more public and international level.

In recent years we have organized several music seminars, concerts and other cultural events. Additionally, we hold our annual Music Pen Club Awards. Currently, we have 170 members from various fields including music critics, audio equipment critics, musicologists, music writers, composers, musicians, producers, translators and editors.
 Awards winners are nominated and voted upon annually by the members of the club.

 

The winners of the 28th Music Pen Club Awards in 2015 are as follows.

 

Classic

Solo Performance: Michie Koyama (piano)

Chamber Music/ Chorus: Anthonello (early music ensemble)

Opera/ Orchestra: Sapporo Symphony Orchestra

Contemporary Music: Suntory Foundation for Arts

Study and Review: Yuko Chiba (for her book [Koto as a friend-a critical biography of Michio Miyagi ] )

Special Prize: Tatsuo Minagawa (Musicologist)

 

Popular

Music/Video Recording Prize for Japanese Performers:

Naoko Terai (Hot Jazz)

Music/Video Recording Prize for Non-Japanese Performers:

Keith Richards (Crosseyed Heart)

Live Performance Prize for Japanese Performers:

Makoto Osone (for his recent concert activities)

Live Performance Prize for Non-Japanese Performers:

Elton John (for his concert in Yokohama on the 18th of November in 2015 [ElTON JOHN AND HIS BAND])

Brightest Hope Prize:

Shun Ishiwaka (Percussion) 

Production/ Publication Prize:

[Jazz in Japan - Weaving its Testimony] by Michiko Suzuki

Special Prize:

Southern All Stars

Lifetime Achievement Prize:

B.B.King
Hisato Aikura (Music Critic)

 

Audio

Technical Development Prize:

Bowers & Wilkins( The new 800 series, D3))

Superiority of Recording Prize:

Giacomo Puccini [Turandot] by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrea Battistoni

Publication Prize:

[Almost Complete Works of Jeff Porcaro] by Yoshio Obara

Special Prize:

[Neofade - 3 Layer Carbon Matrix] as an audio application by Cripton Co. Ltd


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