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Scotland's premier album award returns


By Margaret Chrystall


THE SAY Award, launches today and eligible albums can now be submitted for consideration as Scotland’s national music prize.

Now in the eighth year, The SAY Award encourages artists, labels and music fans alike to submit eligible albums released between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 to The SAY Award website.

The award has no listing fee to submit an eligible album for consideration, and digital releases which fulfil the criteria are also valid. Submissions close at midnight on May 31.

Presenters at the SAY event last year, Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan.
Presenters at the SAY event last year, Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan.

The SAY Award has recognised some of the most influential artists in the country’s music scene, with previous winners including Young Fathers, Sacred Paws, Anna Meredith, Kathryn Joseph and more, celebrating outstanding Scottish music of all genres on one bold and unifying platform. Submit albums, view eligibility criteria and guidelines at www.sayaward.com

Paul Thomson, Franz Ferdinand: “The SAY Award casts a spotlight on Scotland’s vibrant DIY music scene and allows artists who are often overlooked to rub shoulders with other Scottish acts with major label backing. With each year the quality on the Longlist and Shortlist is high and it’s been an honour to be shortlisted in the past.”

The SAY award is back.
The SAY award is back.

Developed by the Scottish Music Industry Association, 2019’s campaign is delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Harviestoun Brewery, Ticketmaster New Music, PPL, The Queen’s Hall and charity partner Help Musicians Scotland. The award celebrates the extraordinary strength and diversity of Scotland’s musical landscape.

Last year's winners Young Fathers.
Last year's winners Young Fathers.

The SAY Award has recognised the incredible achievements from artists longlisted, shortlisted and awarded the prize over the years including Young Fathers, Slam, Honeyblood, CHVRCHES, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Mogwai, Karine Polwart, Dunedin Consort and Paolo Nutini.

This year will see The SAY Award relocate to the The Assembly Rooms in the heart Edinburgh, with the ceremony taking place on Friday, September 6. With the winning artist collecting a £20,000 cash prize and nine runners up each awarded £1,000, The SAY Award is a truly remarkable event for Scotland’s music industry.



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