Vote for the SAY Award 2022

Posted: October 03, 2022

  • From Monday 3 October, for 72 hours you can influence one of the albums that will be shortlisted for the 2022 SAY Award and stay in contention for the £20,000 prize at the Stirling ceremony on 20 October.
  • Voting is open from Monday October 3 at midnight to Wednesday October 5 at midnight

The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award once again asks music fans to ‘have their say’ and vote for their favorite Scottish album from the recently announced longlist to secure their place on the 2022 10-person shortlist. Music fans have a 72-hour window to vote on, and the album with the most votes will get a minimum prize of £1,000 and remain in contention for the grand prize of £20,000 and the coveted Scottish Album of the Year title. The remaining nine shortlisted albums will be selected by this year’s SAY Prize Jury, who will then jointly review the shortlist and determine the winner of the 2022 SAY Prize.

Robert Kilpatrick, Creative Director of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) / The SAY Award, said: The SAY Award public vote is an opportunity for music fans to have their say in determining the shortlist. Of the 20 outstanding Scottish albums that made up this year’s long list, the public’s choice will automatically be guaranteed a place in the shortlist of 10 as well as a minimum prize of £1,000.

Each year, the awards are important for artists, but in the face of the current financial crisis, this support will make a decisive difference. Now is the time to get behind your favorite record, and we look forward to revealing and then defending 10 of the best Scottish albums of the last year ahead of the SAY 2022 Awards ceremony on Thursday 20 October.

Alan Morrison, head of music at Creative Scotland, said: “The SAY Award does more than highlight the best albums of the past year. It celebrates the fact that right now, in 2022, Scottish music is defined by its diversity, as artists from so many different backgrounds create exceptional music in every genre imaginable. This year’s long list is proof that the pressure of the pandemic has fueled the creative fire – the work of Scottish musicians stands neck and neck with the best the world has to offer.

“I’m proud to note that Creative Scotland directly funded the recording or promotion of half of the shortlisted albums, while providing support to almost all of these artists at key points earlier in their careers. Ultimately, however, what matters is that fans continue to listen to brilliant new music. Participating in the public vote is the best way to share your favorite with the public around the world. »

Long considered one of the most democratic awards in the industry,The SAY price online public vote Going through is free to enter and is limited to one vote per person.

This spirit of fairness is at the heart of the say the price, which does not require an entry fee from artists and considers works of at least 6 tracks and/or 30 minutes as eligible albums in order to reduce barriers to entry. One of the UK’s most lucrative prize funds, the winner of the SAY Prize – announced at the final ceremony on Thursday October 20 at the Albert Halls in Stirling – will take home £20,000, while the nine runners-up will receive £1,000 £ each. with bespoke art prizes created via The SAY Design Commission.

The album that wins the public vote will join 9 other albums on the shortlist, which is narrowed down by a panel of cultural trendsetters and industry professionals. Yesterday The SAY priceannounced the judges for the 2022 award – selected from a range of backgrounds and specialties – who will together decide Scotland’s Album of the Year 2022. The panel includes Amina Shah (CEO, National Library of Scotland); Anneliese Harmon(CEO, MMF); Corbyn Asbury (head of label relations, YouTube); David Francois (Director, TRACS); Jackie Wylie (CEO/Artistic Director, National Theater of Scotland); Jude McArdle (Membership Manager, AIM); Khaleda Noon (Executive Director, Intercultural Youth Scotland); Paul Black (Writer / Director / Comedian); Shereen Cutkelvin (Presenter, BBC Introducing) and will page (Author and economist).

20 Outstanding Scottish Albums were announced in the SAY Award longlist on Thursday 15 September; selected from 369 eligible albums by 100 unbiased music industry nominators. The long list is available to be explored on www.sayaward.comas well as in person in a free exhibition in the award-winning concert hall; Tolbooth in Stirling which features enlarged album art displayed on the walls.

In alphabetical order, the SAY Award longlist for 2022 is as follows:

  • AiiTee – ‘Best Days’
  • André Wasylyk – ‘Balgay Hill: Morning in Magnolia’
  • Annie Booth – ” Lazy “
  • Bemz – ‘M4’
  • C. Duncan – ‘Alluvium’
  • callum easter – ‘System’
  • constant follower – ‘Neither is nor ever was’
  • Declan Welsh and the Decadent West – ‘It’s been a year’
  • Duncan Lyall – ‘Milestone’
  • Fergus McCreadie– ‘Forest floor’
  • Hamish Falcon – ‘Heavy Lift’
  • Hen Hoose – ‘Equalizer’
  • Catherine Joseph – “For you who are wronged”
  • Kobi Onyame – ‘Don’t drink the poison’
  • The ninth wave – ‘Heavy as a headache’
  • Niteworks – ‘A’Ghrian’
  • Proc Fiskal – ‘Siren Spine Sysex’
  • Rebecca Vasmant – “With love, from Glasgow”
  • Seonaid Aitken Together – “Pursue Sakura”
  • waltz disco – ‘Unlearning’

The 72-hour public vote is open from 00:00 a.m. on Monday, October 3 until midnight on Wednesday, October 5, and the SAY Price Shortlist will be announced Thursday October 6. On the same day, for the second year, the five Sound of Young Scotland Awards finalists and the Modern Scottish Classical Award the winner will also be revealed – in which a Scottish album with lasting influence is chosen by the shortlisted artists to be honored at the ceremony.

The legacy of last year’s debut Modern Scottish Classic winners, scared bunnycontinues through SAY Award’s charitable partnership with Small changescreated in memory of the late leader Scott Hutchinson. The SAY price is developed and produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), with accessibility, inclusivity and diversity at the heart of their flagship project. Other partners for 2022 include Creative Scotland, Stirling Council, Stirling Alive With Scotland, YouTube Music, Go Forth, Ticketmaster, Spotify, PPL,Youth Music Initiative,Youth Music, Brewgooder, Stirling Distillery and Music declares urgency.

Back for its 11th edition – and its Stirling debut – previous winners of The SAY price to understand MogwaiAs the love goes on‘ (2021), NovaGo back up‘ (2020), Aunt FloHigh Life Radio‘ (2019), young fathersCocoa sugar‘ (2018), sacred pawsLight a match‘ (2017), Anna Meredithvermin‘ (2016), Catherine JosephThe bones you threw at me and the blood I shed‘ (2015), young fathersBand Two‘ (2014), RM HubbertThirteen lost and found objects‘ (2013) and the first winner Bill Wells and Aidan MoffatEverything gets old‘ (2012). Nowadays,The SAY price distributed over £300,000 in prizes over the previous ten campaigns, and 2022 is set to further amplify Scottish musical talent to a global audience.

To keep up to date with SAY Award 2022 news, follow the award on social media via Twitter @SAYawardinstagram @sayaward and Facebook @SAYaward.

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The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is a non-profit trade body and membership organization which exists to strengthen, empower and unite the Scottish music industry.

creative scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries in all parts of Scotland on behalf of all who live, work or visit here. We distribute funds provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Rooted in the heart of Scotland, StirlingThe thriving urban downtown is surrounded by diverse rural communities. The country’s most treasured landmarks are to be found here, keeping Stirling alive with history, while a growing modern arts scene nurtures new cultural talent.

youtube music is a new music streaming service designed for listening to music, in addition to the magic of YouTube: making the world of music easier to explore and more personalized than ever.

ticket master is the global and local market leader in live event ticketing, digital marketing and mobile fan engagement tools that generate over 500 million tickets for fans in 32 countries.

Founded in 1934, BVG is the UK music industry’s collective management organization (CMO) for over 120,000 performers and record companies. We license music recorded in the UK when played in public (shops, bars, clubs, offices etc) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc) and ensure that the revenue goes back to our members.

TheYouth Music Initiative is a music education program with the vision of putting music at the heart of young people’s lives and learning, funded by the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland. You can find out more about the program on the Creative Scotland website.

youth music believes that every young person should have the chance to change their life through music. Yet our research shows that many cannot because of who they are, where they come from or what they are going through.

Since its launch in London in July 2019, Music declares urgency worked with the music industry and artists to harness the power of music to educate, inspire and engage audiences in the face of the climate emergency and to facilitate industry-wide conversations to encourage and envision a sustainable music industry.

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