York’s Dom Smith is up for a National Diversity Award at this year’s Awards.
Originally from Hull, now based in York, Dom Smith set up Soundsphere magazine in 2008 after completing a Masters Degree in Journalism. Since its start-up as a website showcasing music and culture in Northern England, it has become a popular and highly-regarded project which has translated from the online into print. As well as this he has set up The Creative Condition, a nationally succesful media marketing company, and is co-founder of Disabled Entrepreneurs, a UK-wide network which aims to support and inspire people from all backgrounds to pursue new business ventures.
The National Diversity Awards are to be hosted this year by Brian Dowling at Manchester’s Midland Hotel on 21 September, where the winners will be announced in what is sure to be a memorable ceremony. The aim of these awards is to recognise and reward positive role models, entrepreneurs and community organisations from a grass roots level for all their hard work within their respective communities. The event itself is unique, as it rewards all aspects of diversity within one ceremony including age, disability, gender, race and LGBT. This has attracted endorsements from celebrities from the likes of Stephen Fry and Brian Blessed.
After generating so much momentum and interest for its first year the NDAs are sure to be a glittering success. The news comes as Dom is spending this week reporting on the Sziget music festival in Budapest for Soundsphere. Speaking from the festival site, he says of his nomination: “I am thrilled and honoured to have got this far. Thanks to everyone involved. This is awesome!”