New Scottish composers’ awards launches

socttish awards for new music 2017

New Music Scotland is launching the inaugural Scottish Awards for New Music in 2017 and seeks entrants across nine categories including sound design, large-scale new works and collaborations.

The Awards, which have been created with support from Creative Scotland, will celebrate and champion the highest standards and achievements of Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles.

It aims to highlight the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place and showcase breadth of the country’s contemporary music scene.

Organisers are welcoming nominations from today (24 November) for new music being made by Scottish and Scottish-based creators. The nine categories are listed below.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 20 December 2016 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 also be found.

The winners will be selected by an international panel of composers, musicians and music industry experts and announced at the awards evening in Glasgow on 8 March 2017.

Profiles of the shortlisted entries will be available on New Music Scotland’s website in the weeks leading up to the event.

New Music Scotland chair, composer Oliver Searle said: ‘We are excited about the launch of these awards in Scotland, in recognition of the range of innovative new work being created, promoted and performed.

‘New Music Scotland recognises the diversity and quality of new music that exists here, providing a further opportunity to raise awareness of the range of musical activity that is essential in making Scotland such a culturally vibrant place to live and work.’

Alan Morrison, Creative Scotland’s head of music, added: ‘The Scottish Awards for New Music offer a fantastic opportunity to celebrate work that resonates locally, nationally and internationally.

‘Excellence and experimentation thrive across all of the award categories, proving yet again that Scotland is home to musicians and composers who are truly world-class. Creative Scotland also hopes that these new awards raise the profile of such artists in our society, allowing the public to engage with some of the most thrilling music currently being made here.’

The categories:
Electroacoustic/sound art work
Small scale new work (1-10 performers)
Large scale new work (11+ performers)
Recorded new work
Community/education project
Achievement in new music
New music performer(s) of the year

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