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

December 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, featured, Other Opportunity by mwhiteside

New Music Scotland

Recent Graduate Opportunity

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

Download the brief here or read on.

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 11 awards that each need a design – one design for all could work or an individual design for each. Again, it depends on your thinkings in terms of the budget available and design for the work.

The 11 awards are:

  • Small scale work
  • Large scale work
  • 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
  • Hands Up for Trad award for innovation in new folk music
  • Jazz from Scotland 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 recent graduates. By recent, we mean that you must have completed full time study within the last 3 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:


  • 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
  • appropriate supporting material to demonstrate the quality of your previous work – eg, 10 images via file sharing site or video/website link
  • CV
  • Contact details for 2 referees

Deadline: 26th January 2018

Decision on winning design: 2nd February

Awards to be created and delivered: 2nd March

Award Ceremony: 7th March


Here is an image of last year’s award, created by Elaine Henderson. It was a beautiful ceramic bowl that contained a sound wave from each of the winning pieces.