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.



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)



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:

Hisato Aikura (Music Critic)



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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