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Scottish Awards for New Music 2021

Karen Dufour, Project Manager at New Music Scotland tells us about this year's Scottish Awards for New Music, including the ISM-sponsored 'Award for New Music in Covid Times'.

The Scottish Awards for New Music were created to celebrate Scotland’s creatively ambitious and vibrant contemporary music scene. The aims are to pull together details of the immense amount of activity that takes place each year, to highlight the most innovative, experimental, creative, and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland, and to share work with people who might otherwise not have encountered it.

Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists, programmers, producers and ensembles were incredibly pro-active and creative during 2020, which is quite a remarkable achievement, given the circumstances.

As well as the customary categories, New Music Scotland decided to add two new awards for 2021: 'New Music for Media', which focuses on music written for film, TV and computer games; and 'The ISM Award for New Music in Covid Times', in recognition of the role that music and the arts have played in bringing moments of both light relief and reflection during the last year.

The range of works and projects nominated for this latter category was amazing – everything from concert series in people’s homes, to interactive projects, to crowdsourced sound samples. There were big budget productions alongside those that were completely self-produced, some that were reflective, some that were hilarious… and one thing that they all had in common was serious artistic integrity. All-in-all, a real testament to the power of music.

The shortlist has been announced, and it has been fantastic and inspiring to have such a wide variety of works and projects nominated in a challenging year for the sector.

We are delighted to be holding the awards online, live from the RSNO Centre, Glasgow at 8pm on Wednesday 7 July 2021. Presented by Tom Service, it will feature a performance by RSNO violist Katherine Wren, the driving force behind Nordic Viola, of Legend, written by Eddie McGuire in 1974 for the late Jimmy Durrant.

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