Public Nominations open for MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Nominations are invited for the following awards:
- Music Tutor of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland
- Gaelic Singer of the Year, sponsored by The Highland Society of London
- Album of The Year, sponsored by Birnam CD
- Up & Coming artist of the Year, sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Event of the Year
- Community Music Project of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
- Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA)
- Trad Video of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound
- Online Performance of 2020, sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
- Services to Gaelic Award, sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig
- Original Work of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music
- Trad Music in the Media, sponsored by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
- Musician of the Year, sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands
The nomination stage closes on Sunday 18th October.
For more information and to nominate please visit: MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020
SAY Award 2020 – open for submission. The Scottish Album of the Year Award 2020 is open for submissions for Scottish Albums released between 1st April 2019 and 31st May 2020.
Since its inauguration in 2012, The SAY Award has grown to become Scotland’s most popular and prestigious music prize. The award covers all genres of music with previous longlist titles covering rock, alternative, traditional, hip-hop, folk, classical, dubstep, reggae, jazz and pop.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, The SAY Award campaign will go digital this year for the first time ever. In line with Government guidelines and with audience and artists’ safety at the forefront, The SAY Award’s live events will move online this year, meaning music fans across the country will have the chance to be part of the traditionally exclusive final award ceremony. All over the world, the music industry is striving to ascertain how to operate in this new normal, as the ramifications of the massive economic and cultural impacts continue to be felt. The SAY Award is committed to providing Scottish artists and music fans with an inspiring campaign which embodies the passion and resolute nature of Scotland’s ever evolving music scene.
The SAY Award ceremony will be broadcast on Thursday 29 October 2020, with more details to be announced. The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize, with the 9 runners up each being awarded £1,000. Each Shortlisted artist will also receive an exclusively designed piece of artwork from The SAY Award Design Commission.
The deadline for submitting an album is 31st July 2020.
For more information please visit: https://www.sayaward.com/
Applications are open for the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2021. Applicants between the ages of 16 and 27, either a singer or instrumentalist, are asked to submit audio and video playing traditional Scottish Music.
A panel of judges will review all entries and select a shortlist of 12 entrants by early July. The semi-finals are currently due to take place in October and from that, 6 finalists will perform on Sunday 31st January 2021 as part of Celtic Connections Festival**.
The prize will consist of:
- A recording session with BBC Scotland in Glasgow
- An opportunity to perform at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
- One year’s membership of Musicians Union.
All 6 finalists will receive one year’s membership of the TMSA and the opportunity to take part in the annual TMSA Young Trad Tour.
The deadline for entry is Midnight on the 25th of June 2020
For more information please visit BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician
2019 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards – Voting open. The Music Awards highlight Scotland’s traditional music in all its forms. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony which this year will be held in Aberdeen Music Hall on 7th December.
The Shortlist categories include:
Album of the Year
Belhaven Bursary for Innovation
Club of the Year,
Composer of the Year,
Community Project of the Year
Event of the Year
Gaelic Singer of the Year,
Musician of the Year, Live Act of the Year,
Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year,
Scottish Dance Band of the Year,
Scottish Folk Band of the Year,
Scottish Pipe Band of the Year,
Trad Video of the Year
Music Tutor of the Year,
Up and Coming Artist of the Year,
Venue of the Year,
To vote for your favourite or to buy a ticket for the awards please visit: https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotstradmusicawards/voting/
The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Fund is a £5,000 award given to an emerging jazz musician or group to enable them to undertake a creative project which will support their professional development. The award can be used to fund recording, filming, touring, performances, mentoring, collaboration, promotion.
It’s open to creative, ambitious and committed jazz musicians and groups who can demonstrate that the proposed project will help develop their career. To apply, musicians are asked to provide a biography detailing musical development, recent activities within the jazz scene and career achievements. Two recordings of music must also be submitted and at least one must be an original composition.
Deadline for submissions is 9 am, Monday 14th October 2019.
Applicants will then be shortlisted for audition which will be held in London on Friday 1st November 2019.
For more information please visit: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/creative-programme/current-opportunities/peter-whittingham-jazz-award
SAY Awards – voting open. The public vote for the SAY Awards 2019 is now open. The 72 hour public voting window for the Scottish Album of The Year is open now and closes at midnight this Wednesday, 14th August. The Longlisted album which secures the most votes will automatically gain a place on the Shortlist, as well as a guaranteed minimum prize of £1,000.
A further 9 albums, decided by the SAY Award judging panel, will make up the shortlist which will be announced live on BBC Radio Scotland on Thursday 15th August between 9-10pm.
The Scottish Album of the Year Award ceremony will take place at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on Friday 6 September 2019. The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize, with the 9 runners up each being awarded £1,000. Each Shortlisted artist will also receive an exclusively designed piece of artwork from the SAY Award Design Commission.
To place your vote, please visit: https://www.sayaward.com/
BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2020 – applications open.
BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2020 is open for applications. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 24th July 2019. The competition is open to individual musicians who stay in Scotland and are aged between 16 and 27 years as of the 24th July 2019.
To enter the competition, entrants must submit:
- 10 minute recording of themselves playing traditional Scottish music
- A short biography of their traditional music experience
- A list of songs/tunes submitted and any relevant details of their source/background.
- A 1 min home video of themselves performing in domestic or concert setting.
A panel of judges will review all entries and select a shortlist of up to 12 entrants. Following the semi-finals the judges will select 6 finalists who will then be invited to perform at the final which will be held in Glasgow on Sunday 2nd February 2020 as part of Celtic Connections Festival.
For more information and to apply please visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3KxTvJZ6N0wkdj1C6qCdQZF/bbc-radio-scotland-young-traditional-musician-2020
The Scottish Jazz Awards 2019 – voting open. The Jazz awards celebrate Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene and provide an opportunity to recognise the wide breadth of musical talent.
A panel of industry specialists, including media, press and promoters from across the UK, select the shortlists for the following categories of awards:
Rising Star Award sponsored by The Blue Arrow
Best Band Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union
Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Whigham’s Jazz Club.
Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals
Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD
New this year is the Services to Scottish Jazz Award, sponsored by Ticketmaster, which will recognise and celebrate those working behind the scenes. A Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Help Musicians Scotland will also be presented at the awards ceremony with both winners chosen by the panel. Previous winners include Fionna Duncan, Carol Kidd, Bobby Wellins, Tam White and Ronnie Rae.
Public voting closes at 5pm on Tuesday 21 May. To vote, please visit: http://www.jazzfest.co.uk/awards/
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at Drygate Brewery on Sunday 9 June. If you’d like to purchase tickets for the Scottish Jazz Awards please visit: Jazz Awards 2019 Tickets.
The Scottish Community Music Awards 2019 are open for nominations. The Awards celebrate music teachers, community projects, young musicians, community organisations and composers, who, through music, make a difference to communities across Scotland. The Awards encompass a wide range of music groups including pipe bands, recorder groups, orchestras, ensembles, choirs, samba bands… across a wide range of musical genres.
The 5 categories are:
- Community Music Teacher of the Year
- Community Music Project of the Year
- Young Community Musician/s of the Year
- Community Music Organisation of the Year
- Community Music Composer of the Year
Nominations in each of the categories will be assessed by a panel of industry experts and a shortlist of 3 for each category will be announced in May. Nominations close on 30th April and the public can vote for their favourites from May with the winners announced in June.
To find out more and to nominate please visit: handsupfortrad/chorusawards
Nominations are open for the Scottish Awards for New Music 2019 – the awards event takes place on Monday 13th May at the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow. The awards celebrate the depth and breadth of Scotland’s vibrant contemporary music scene, champion the work of Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists, programmers, producers and ensembles, and showcase the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland.
The twelve categories for nominations include:
- EVM Award for Electroacoustic/Sound Art Work
- The Dorico Award for Small Scale New Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)
- Large Scale New Work (11+ performers)
- New Music Recording of the Year
- Collaboration in New Music
- Community/Education Project
- Contribution to New Music in Scotland
- New Music Performer(s) of the Year
- Creative Programming
- The Good Spirts company award for Innovation in New Folk Music
- Innovation in New Jazz Music
- Making It Happen
Nominations can be made by both members of the public and industry professionals until 5pm on Friday 22nd March 2019. For further information on eligibility/submission criteria and to submit nominations please visit: www.newmusicscotland.co.uk/awards2019