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Nominations open for Scottish Awards for New Music 2019

New Music Scotland have announced the details of the 2019 edition of the Scottish Awards for new music, taking place in May, is now open for nominations.

Bekki Bemrose
  • By Bekki Bemrose
  • 28 Feb 2019
  • min read
New Music Scotland have announced the details of the 2019 edition of the Scottish Awards for New Music is now open for nominations.

The awards, which take place in May, champion the work of Scotland’s musicians, composers, sound artists, programmers, producers and ensembles.

As well as calling for new music nominations, the third edition of the annual event is seeking design proposals from emerging artist and sculptors to create the 2019 physical awards that will be received by the winners.

Andy Saunders and Oliver Searle, co-chairs, New Music Scotland say: ‘Over the past 2 years, it has been both eye-opening and incredibly exciting to see the quantity, high quality, and sheer inventiveness of the new music and projects that people have nominated.

‘With national companies, individual artists, festivals, ensembles, producers, composers, organisations of every size, traditional and jazz music, education and community projects, and the whole gamut of music making from acoustic through to sound art all represented, New Music Scotland are looking forward to celebrating and shining a spotlight on a year's worth of creative, innovative music making here in Scotland at The Scottish Awards for New Music 2019.’

Alan Morrison, head of music, Creative Scotland added: ‘The Scottish Awards for New Music are living proof that sparks fly when the worlds of classical, jazz, sonic art, electronica and experimentation come together.

‘This event celebrates some of the most breath-taking music being made in Scotland today by an array of creatively ambitious composers and performers. It also sets an incredibly high bar for the music of tomorrow, as Scotland’s new music scene captures the eyes, ears and imagination of the world.’

This year’s awards include a new category, ‘Making it Happen,’ which will focus on emerging talent in new music.

The full list of categories for the 2019 Scottish Awards for New Music are as follows:

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)
Recorded New Work
Collaboration in New Music
Community / Education Project
Contribution to New Music in Scotland
New Music Performer(s) of the Year
Creative Programming
The Good Spirit Company Award for Innovation in New Folk Music
Innovation in New Jazz Music
Making it Happen

The awards ceremony takes place 13 May in Glasgow .

For more information and to make nominations, please visit newmusicscotland.co.uk