Scottish Awards for New Music 2018

Winners of the Scottish Awards for New Music 2017


Please read below before submitting an entry.

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Nomination Submission Form

Deadline is 5pm, 11th December.



New Music is broadly defined as including (but is not limited to): Acoustic Ecology / Avant-garde music / Co-improvisation / Contemporary chamber music / Contemporary opera / Contemporary orchestral music / Contemporary vocal and choral music / Com- puter music / Electroacoustic music / Electronica Experimental music / Experimental world music / Experimental folk music / Free improvisation / Invented instruments / Microtonal music / Musique actuelle / Radio art / Sound art / Uncategorisable musical practices.



  • Composers must have been born in Scotland, or have been ordinarily resident in Scotland for at least two years prior to 1st July 2017. Non Scottish or Scottish based composers can have works nominated as part of the Award for Creative Programming.
  • Composers may be any age.
  • Composers 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 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017
  • The community/education project category: For Projects that may be nominated, they can have started prior to, but must have been concluded between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017.
  • Recorded works must have been publicly released on any format between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017
  • 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.



  • 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 2017 that can be described as either electroacoustic or sound art (or both!)


  • 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 2017 by 10 performers or fewer.


  • Large Scale New Work sponsored by PRS for Music
    A piece of new music, of any style or instrumentation, written and/or performed in 2017 by 11 performers or more.


  • Recorded New Work

A recording of new music for commercial release in 2017 for CD/LP, TV, film, digital/online platforms, or other audio-visual medium. This may include the recording of an existing work released within the calendar year.


  • The ISM Award for Collaboration

Celebrating collaborative new music in 2017, 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 2017.


  • 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 2017.


  • Help Musicians UK Award for 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 2017.


  • 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.


  • Award for Innovation in New Folk Music in association with Hands Up for Trad

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.


  • Award for Innovation in New Jazz Music in association with Jazz from Scotland

Scotland’s vibrant jazz sector regularly sees experimentation and creative projects come to fruition .  This award, in partnership with Jazz from Scotland, celebrates the musicians who use elements of both jazz and new music (as defined at the start) in an original and experimental way.




  • All nominations are to be submitted online via the New Music Scotland website
  • There is no limit to the number of works which may be submitted.  
  • Self-nomination is allowed but must be balanced by the submission of two other nominations (i.e. not self-nominations) in any categories.
Nominators will be asked to provide:

Creator name, work title, performers, when & where heard, reason for nomination (depending on category max 200 words), links to supporting reviews, recordings, articles, online information, nominator name and contact details, demographic information of nominator



  • Judging will be made by a specially appointed panel, the members of which will be chosen by NMS.
  • In each category there will be a final shortlist, announced in advance of the award ceremony.
  • NMS reserves the right not to make an award in any category.
  • The final decision regarding all aspects of the Scottish Awards for New Music, including the interpretation of these rules, resides with the Board of NMS.



  • The presentation of the awards will take place at a reception on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at the Drygate in Glasgow
  • In each category the winning individual/organisation will be presented with a Scottish Award for New Music

Nomination Submission Form


Submission form

Deadline 5pm 11th December

Last years awards



7th March 2018

Drygate, Glasgow

Tickets available £20 (£25 after shortlist announced)



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