Celebrating original voices in sound from the next generation of women, girls and gender minorities, The Oram Awards 2020 are taking public nominations for the first time ever.
Named after Daphne Oram, one of the founding members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the awards aim to build on her legacy.
Along with other women of the workshop, including Delia Derbyshire, Glynis Jones, Jenyth Worsley, Maddalena Fagandini and Elizabeth Parker, Oram played a vital role in establishing women at the forefront of innovation in newly-emerging audio technologies not only in the UK but around the world.
Matthew Herbert, director, The New Radiophonic Workshop, says: ‘This year I am particularly thrilled that we are opening the nominations process to the wider public. Our ambition was always to find people outside of the usual channels and I’m excited that we can hopefully help find and support musicians and artists outside of the more conventional structures.
Becci Scotcher, senior grants & programmes manager of PRS Foundation, says: ‘We’re incredibly excited to be announcing the fourth year of the Oram Awards and, for the very first time, encouraging eligible music creators to apply directly for consideration. We’re looking forward to seeing who will apply over the coming weeks and hearing the work of exceptional and innovative music creators pushing the boundaries of music and sound in the UK right now.’
They are looking for music and sound creators who: are based in the United Kingdom, create high quality original new music and sound, innovate in sound, music and associated technologies, through their work have demonstrated that they are deserving of increased recognition, will use the PRS Foundation bursary for future creative and professional development.
The applications for this year’s awards are open to the public until Friday 14 August 2020. The winners will be announced on 2nd November.
Six winners will receive development bursaries from PRS Foundation.
Find out more about The Oram Awards application.