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Scottish Awards for New Music 2020

The 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music will take place on 14th April in the V&A Dundee. Tickets will go on sale early 2020.

The Scottish Awards for New Music 2020 is now open for nominations.

Nominations should be made through this Google form open until 10th January.

Full guidelines can be downloaded here.



  • The nominator should choose the category which most closely fits the work. NMS reserves the right to move the work to a different category if appropriate.
  • NMS reserves the right to add, remove or redefine categories if necessary.


  • Electroacoustic/sound art work

For a new work or installation written and/or performed during 2019 that can be described as either electroacoustic or sound art (or both!)


  • The Dorico Award for Small / Medium Scale Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)

A piece of new music, of any style or instrumentation, written and/or performed in 2019 by 10 performers or fewer.


  • Large Scale New Work (11+ performers) sponsored by PRS for Music
    A piece of new music, of any style or instrumentation, written and/or performed in 2019 by 11 performers or more.


  • Recorded New Work

A recording of new music for commercial release in 2019 for CD/LP, TV, film, digital/online platforms, or another audio-visual medium. This may include the recording of an existing work released within the calendar year.


  • Prize for Collaboration

Celebrating collaborative new music in 2019, including projects that are cross-genre, cross-art- form, multi-disciplinary, or those that bring together unique combinations of partners.  Collaboration should have taken place between two or more active parties to the extent of which the work would not exist without the partnership.


  • Community/Education project

Music-making, listening, appreciation, participation projects taking new music as their medium, and widening access to those in Scottish communities and/or education settings. This may take the form of a one-off event, or an ongoing project with or without specific outcome over the calendar year of 2019.


  • Contribution to new music in Scotland

Marking the contribution made by an individual or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland during 2019. Previous winners are not eligible to be nominated again for 3 years.


  • New Music Performer(s) of the Year

An award to celebrate musicians who perform new music at the highest standard. This could be the best one-off performance or a number of performances that adds to a portfolio of work over 2018.


  • Award for Creative Programming

An award to celebrate Creative Programming.  This could be a one-off production/commission, a festival programme, a programme series, or an audience development initiative that has been of an exceptional standard and demonstrates genuine imagination in its execution.


  • Making it Happen Award

Award for an emerging, innovative Scottish promoter, performer, ensemble, composer, artist, organisation or individual, who has not been professionally active for more than 5 years. This is intended to celebrate emerging talent within new music and may be a person involved in a single event, a series of events, or the development of an organisation.


  • Innovation in new folk music

Traditional Music plays an important role in Scotland’s musical scene.  This award, in partnership with Hands Up for Trad, celebrates the musicians who use elements of both traditional and new music (as defined at the start) in an original and experimental way.

  • Environmental Sustainability

This award is to encourage all new music professionals to consider their impact on the environment. We are looking for a variety of different kinds of projects or policies that put climate action at their heart. That could be an elaborate project tackling environmental sustainability head on to a simple change that an organisation has made such as committing to only supporting travel via public transport.



  • Individuals must have been born in Scotland, or have been ordinarily resident in Scotland for at least two years prior to 1st July 2019. Non-Scottish or Scottish based artists can have works nominated as part of the Award for Creative Programming.
  • Nominees may be any age.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of New Music Scotland.
  • Students are eligible



  • To qualify, new works must have received their première in a public performance, either live or broadcast/online, between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019
  • The community/education project category: For Projects that may be nominated, they can have started prior to, but must have been concluded between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.
  • Recorded works must have been publicly released on any format between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019
  • All nominations are assessed by a panel - the number of individual nominations a work receives is not a factor.
  • Works do not have to have been published.
  • Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including from the composer, performer, audience or organisation. If self-nominating, you must also nominate 2 other works (in any category) that are not by yourself.


Entries should be submitted by 6th Jan via this Google form.



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