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
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
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.
XpoNorth – Music showcase opportunity. Musicians and filmmakers are invited to apply to showcase at XpoNorth, a conference and showcase festival, which takes place in Inverness on 3rd and 4th July 2019.
XpoNorth showcases a wide range of music, short films and provides networking opportunities. It also offers a packed daytime programme of seminars and workshops featuring leading local, national and international professionals from across the creative sector.
Music & Films can be submitted until midnight on Monday 8th April 2019. A selection of the musicians invited to perform at XpoNorth will also be put forward for consideration to play the XpoNorth Stage at the multi-award winning Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
Free Delegate Registration for XpoNorth 2019 is also open.
For more information please visit: https://xponorth.co.uk/submissions/music/
Music Funding – The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.
The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000.
Funding includes support of:
- music creator residencies
- promotion and marketing
- commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
- exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
- live performances featuring new UK music
‘commission’ is defined as a music creator or group engaged by a third party to create a new piece of music.
The next deadline is 6pm on 1st October. For more information please visit: prsfoundation.com