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Second annual Scottish Awards for New Music launched

Published: 09 Oct 2017

Following on from the inaugural event in 2017, New Music Scotland are pleased to launch the second annual Scottish Awards for New Music. Created by New Music Scotland with support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, Help Musicians UK, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland, Steinberg, and EVM Marketing, the awards will celebrate and champion the highest standards and achievements of Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists, programmers, producers and ensembles.

They will highlight and showcase the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland, as well as the depth and breadth of the country’s contemporary music scene.

The Scottish Awards for New Music are welcoming nominations for music being made by Scottish and Scottish-based creators and facilitators of new music. The eleven categories, including three new ones for 2018, are listed below. Partnerships with Hands Up for Trad and Jazz from Scotland have enabled the creation of new categories which focus on experimental and ground breaking traditional and jazz music.

Nominations are open from Monday 9 October 2017 until Monday 11 December 2017 and can be made by both members of the public and industry professionals.  Nominations can be made via the website where details of eligibility and submission criteria can be found at newmusicscotland.co.uk/awards2018.

Scotland is one of the most vibrant and collaborative countries in the world for new music, and these awards raise the profile of this exciting sector- Alan Morrison, Creative Scotland

An international panel of composers, performers, programmers and music industry experts will meet in January to discuss the nominations, following which a shortlist will be announced.  Profiles of the shortlisted entries will be available on New Music Scotland’s website in the weeks leading up to the awards evening on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

New Music Scotland Chair, composer Oliver Searle said: “The awards offer a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of new music in Scotland and further afield, spreading news of the innovative new music scene to potential audiences around the globe. Rarely do you manage to gather so many of the key figures and institutions of new music making in Scotland together in one room. Coupled with the high profile supporters and partnerships involved in making this event a reality, the Scottish Awards for New Music 2018 promises to be an exciting event for Scotland’s new music sector.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said: “Music is an art form that never sits still – it is always pushing back barriers and reshaping the cultural landscape. The Scottish Awards for New Music celebrate such experimentation and throw a spotlight on our most talented composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles. Scotland is one of the most vibrant and collaborative countries in the world for new music, and these awards raise the profile of this exciting sector both nationally and internationally.”

The Categories

  • Electroacoustic/Sound Art Work
  • Dorico Award for Small Scale New Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)
  • Large Scale New Work (11+ performers)
  • Recorded New Work
  • ISM Award for Collaboration in New Music
  • Community/Education Project
  • Contribution to New Music in Scotland
  • Help Musicians UK Award for New Music Performer(s) of the Year
  • Award for Creative Programming
  • Award for Innovation in New Folk Music in association with Hands Up for Trad
  • Award for Innovation in New Jazz Music in association with Jazz from Scotland

Panellists

  • Marc Dooley (Edition Peters)
  • Karen Power (Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland/Composer)
  • Marija Saraga (Muzički Biennale Zagreb/Croatian Composers’ Society)
  • Tom Poulson (musician)

Tickets and event information

  • £20 before shortlist announcement
  • £25 after shortlist is announced (January 2018)
  • table booking options available from January 2018
  • tickets include a welcome drink and food
  • Book at newmusicscotland.co.uk/awards2018
  • a paying bar will be available throughout the evening
  • the duration of the event is approx. 2 hours

Wednesday 7 March 2018

8.00pm, Drygate Brewery      

85 Drygate

Glasgow, G4 0UT

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