Call out for designs to create the award for the third Scottish Awards for New Music

February 27, 2019 in All Opportunities, featured, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

New Music Scotland


Recent Graduate Opportunity

Call out for designs to create the award for the third Scottish Awards for New Music.


New Music Scotland is a network of composers, performers, programmers, producers, educators, funders and audience.  NMS facilitates the creation, production and promotion of experimental, innovative and imaginative new music. We believe that new music comes from many different cultural traditions and musical practices; what brings us all together is our passion for and belief in the intrinsic value of new music creation for individuals and society as a whole.

The Scottish Awards for New Music have been created by New Music Scotland with financial support from Creative Scotland, to celebrate and champion the achievements of Scottish and Scotland-based composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles. They will highlight and showcase the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland. Find out more here –

What are we looking for?

A simple, but stunning award for the winners. Something that captures the essence of what the awards are and is a wonderful piece of art for the winners to keep. The work can be 2D or 3D – whatever you feel is achievable within the budget, facility and timescale limitations. There are 12 awards that each need a design – one design for all could work or an individual design for each. Again, it depends on your thinking in terms of the budget available and design for the work.

The 12 awards are:

  • Dorico Award for Small / Medium Scale Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)
  • Large scale work
  • EVM Award for Electroacoustic/sound art
  • Recorded New Work
  • Award for Collaboration
  • Community/Education Project
  • New Music Performer of the Year
  • Contribution to New Music in Scotland
  • Award for Creative Programming
  • Making It Happen Award
  • The Good Spirits Company award for innovation in new folk music
  • Award for innovation in new jazz music


We require you to be able to make the work in your own studio or have access to a studio for fabrication. If there are costs for this, they must be included within the budget.


You will have regular contact with the Awards Planning Group, who will arrange appropriate mentoring and research opportunities whenever possible.


£550 – artist fee

£1000 – materials and expenses for creating and fabricating the award


This is an opportunity for emerging artists. You should have full time study within about the last 3 to 5 years. This is a development opportunity  and we will be interested to hear why you think this opportunity will help you in your practice. The chosen design will be selected based on the how well the design idea fits the brief, the ability to bring it in under budget and the experience of the artist to show they can manage the project on time and to budget.

To apply

Please apply via email to:


  1. letter of application indicating:
    • why you are interested in this opportunity and previous experience
    • Your design ideas and the thinking behind them
    • How the awards would be fabricated
    • Budget
  2. appropriate supporting material to demonstrate the quality of your previous work – eg, 10 images via file sharing site or video/website link
  3. CV
  4. Contact details for 2 referees


Deadline: 14th March 2019

Decision on winning design: 21st March

Awards to be created and delivered: 6th May

Award Ceremony: 13th May


Here is are images of previous years’ awards, created by Elaine Henderson in 2017 and Daisy Chetwin in 2018.

Scottish Awards for New Music designed by Daisy Chetwin in 2018

Scottish Awards for New Music designed by Elaine Henderson in 2017