About

The SAY Award is a prestigious and exciting arts prize produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), with confirmed partners for 2017 including Paisley for UK City of Culture 2021, Creative Scotland, TicketWeb and PPL. The award celebrates, promotes and rewards the most outstanding Scottish albums released each year. Respected by artists and valued by the industry, The SAY Award is responsible for a surge in musical discovery and an explosion of impassioned debate on social media. The SMIA is encouraging artists, labels and the general public to submit eligible albums released between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017.

Once all eligible albums have been collated, 100 impartial ‘Nominators’, chosen from press, radio, music venues, jazz, classical, traditional folk, retail and elsewhere in the arts, will consider titles from The SAY Award’s Eligible Album List, nominating their five favourite albums and ranking them in order of preference. The 20 highest scoring albums will make up The SAY Award Longlist for 2017, announced on May 24th. The Longlist will be further whittled down to a shortlist of 10 albums, one of which will be chosen by the public during a 72-hour public vote (12-14 June) and the others decided by a panel of prestigious judges. The SAY Award 2017 Shortlist will be announced on June 15th as part of a BBC Quay Sessions show, with the award ceremony then taking place on June 28th in the surroundings of Paisley's elegant Town Hall, in support of Paisley’s bid for Paisley to become UK City of Culture 2021. The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize, provided by long term Award partner Creative Scotland. The 9 runners up will each be awarded a £1,000 prize, as well as an exclusively designed piece of artwork from the SAY Award Design Commission.

Key Dates

1 March 2017
The SAY Award 2017 Launched

Artists, labels and the public are invited to submit eligible albums released between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 on The SAY Award website.

24 May 2017
The SAY Award Longlist Announcement

100 impartial ‘Nominators’ consider titles from our Eligible Album List and the 20 highest scoring become The SAY Award Longlist for 2017.

12 June – 14 June 2017
The SAY Award Public Vote

Everyone is invited to take part in an online vote, choosing one of ten spots on The SAY Award Shortlist.

15 June 2017
The SAY Award Shortlist Announcement

Our 11-strong judging panel consider the Longlist, choosing the remaining 9 title on The SAY Award Shortlist.

28 June 2017
The SAY Award Ceremony

Our judging panel reconvene for the ceremony and decide who picks up the £20,000 first prize and coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year.

Nominators

Caroline Adam
Theatre Manager
Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Website
Edinburgh

Rob Adams
Freelance Journalist
Freelance
Website
Edinburgh

Nick Bell
Fopp General Manager
Fopp
Website
Glasgow

Roz Bell
Programme Manager
Eden Court Theatre
Website
Inverness

Alan Bissett
Writer

Website
Paisley

David Boyle
Director of Kelburn Arts
Kelburn Arts Limited
Website
Kilmarnock

Alistair Braidwood
Freelance Writer and Reviewer
Scots Whay Hae!
Website
Glasgow

Grainne Braithwaite
Promoter
Synergy Concerts
Website
Glasgow

Creon Brock
Live Music Manager
Oran Mor
Website
Glasgow

Keith Bruce
Arts Editor
The Herald
Website
Glasgow

Kevin Buckle
Owner of Avalanche Records and Edinburgh Evening News columnist
Avalanche
Website
Edinburgh

Richard Bull
Radio Producer
Sonic Bull / Producer, Roddy Hart, BBC Radio Scotland

Glasgow

Keith Cameron
Contributing Editor
MOJO
Website
Bromley

Paul Cardow
Promoter
PCL
Website
Glasgow

Margaret Chrystall
Entertainment journalist
Scottish Provincial Press
Website
Inverness

Jason Cranwell
Journalist
The Pop Cop
Website
Glasgow

Sushil Dade
Music Producer for BBC 3 / BBC Radio Scotland
BBC
Website


Craig Donaldson
Production Manager
Active Events
Website
Glasgow

Rhona Dougall
Arts Co-ordinator
The Rockfield Centre
Website
Paisley

Dep Downie
Co-owner, Monorail Music
Monorail Music
Website
Glasgow

Ewen Duncan
Owner -Record shop - occasional Promoter
Europa Music
Website


Geoff Ellis
Chief Executive
DF Concerts & Events
Website
Glasgow

Jenni Fagan
Novelist, poet, screenwriter
Urchin Belle Ltd
Website
Edinburgh

Amy Ferguson
Producer
BBC Radio Scotland
Website
Edinburgh

Lisa-Marie Ferla
Arts journalist and blogger
Last Year's Girl
Website


Paul Firth
Head of Amazon Music UK
Amazon Music
Website
London EC

Gary Flockhart
Music writer / features writer Johnston Press
Access All Areas: Edinburgh
Website
Edinburgh

Rick Fulton
Saturday magazine editor, showbiz editor, Ticket editor !!
Daily Record
Website
Glasgow

David Gardner
Events Promoter / Freelance Jounalist
Atlantic Edge Music Services
Website


Jim Gellatly
Freelance broadcaster / journalist
The Scottish Sun / Amazing Radio / CamGlen Radio
Website


Nigel Graham
Record shop Retailer
Union Vinyl
Website
Inverness

Paul Harkins
Lecturer
Edinburgh Napier University
Website
Edinburgh

Katie Hawthorne
Freelance Journalist
Freelance
Website
Edinburgh

Katriona Holmes
Promoter
Knockengorroch
Website
Dumfries

Fielding Hope
Senior Producer
Cafe Oto
Website


Lee-ann Howieson
Radio Music Producer
BBC

Glasgow

Keith Ingram
Record Store Owner
HTS (Scotland) Ltd t/a Assai Records
Website
Dundee

Tom Johnson
Editor/Writer
Gold Flake Paint
Website
Glasgow

Ben Kaelin
Club Dj / Radio Dj / Promoter
Dj Prospect

Edinburgh

David Kettle
Freelance journalist

Website


Chris Knight
Freelance programmer and promoter
Astrojazz
Website
Edinburgh

David Laing
Head of Music & Venues
Glasgow Life
Website
Glasgow

Susan Le May
Freelance Journalist
Freelance
Website
Glasgow

Andrew Learmonth
Freelance Journalist
Freelance Journalist



Chris Leslie
Photographer / Filmmaker
Chris Leslie Pictures
Website
Glasgow

Dan Lurinsky
manager
Rubadub
Website
Glasgow

Kim Macari
Musician/Jazz From Scotland Chair
Jazz From Scotland
Website
Edinburgh

Jamie Macdonald
Founder/Editor
Netsounds
Website
Inverness

Bruce MacGregor
Promoter/Radio presenter/musician
Northern Roots Events/BBC Scotland
Website


Heather Macintosh
Freelance Booking Agent


Glasgow

Emma Mackenzie
Live Events Manager
The Bungalow Live Music Paisley Ltd.
Website
Paisley

Mark Mackie
Director
Regular Music
Website
Edinburgh

Carol Main
Director
Live Music Now Scotland
Website


Gill Maxwell
Executive Director
Scottish Music Centre
Website
Glasgow

Jennifer McGlone
Creative Producer/ Consultant
Glow Arts
Website
Glasgow

Stuart McHugh
Journalist / webmaster
is this music? / jockrock
Website
Edinburgh

Keith Mcivor
DJ
Optimo
Website
Glasgow

James T McKay
Events Programmer
Nice n Sleazy
Website
Glasgow

Julie McKinnon
Live Entertainment Business Development Manager
SEC
Website
Glasgow

Jo McLean
CEO
The Touring Network
Website
Inverness

Sandy McLean
Independent Record Shop Owner and Manager
Love Music - Glasgow
Website


Tara McLoughlin
Senior Project Manager
Communicorp UK
Website
Glasgow

Mickey McMonagle
magazine editor
Sunday Mail
Website
Glasgow

Nicola Meighan
Music journalist / broadcaster
Freelance
Website


Kate Molleson
music journalist and broadcaster
The Guardian
Website
Glasgow

Michael Moloney
Owner
Chameleon
Website
Aberdeen

Gordon Munro
Director of Music
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Website
Glasgow

Chris Murray
Producer | Presenter
Amazing Radio
Website
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alasdair Nicolson
Artistic Director/Composer
St Magnus International Festival
Website
Kirkwall

Barry Nicolson
Freelance Journalist
NME
Website
Glasgow

Jodie Noble
Performance Programmer
Renfrewshire Leisure
Website
Paisley

Rosie Norton
Retailer & Artist Manager
Coda Music
Website
Edinburgh

Carolyn Paterson
Programmer & Arts Development Officer
Tolbooth
Website


Michael Pedersen
Director / Founder
Neu! Reekie!
Website
Edinburgh

David Pollock
Freelance Music Journalist
Freelance Music Journalist
Website


Mhari Pottinger
Festival Programmer
Shetland Folk Festival
Website
Lerwick

Jonathan Rimmer
Freelance Journalist and Hip Hop Blogger
Freelance Journalist
Website
Glasgow

Nick Roberts
Festival Director
Electric Fields Festival
Website


Steve Robertson
Promoter/Events Organizer
TwentyTen
Website
Inverness

Jill Rodger
Festival Director
Glasgow International Jazz Festival Ltd
Website
Glasgow

Claire Sawers
Freelance Music Writer
Freelance

Edinburgh

Ricky Scoular
Director Sub Club
Sub Club & BAaD Glasgow
Website
Glasgow

Caroline Sewell
Regional Organiser
MU
Website
Glasgow

Lesley Shaw
Producer
Celtic Connections
Website
Glasgow

Andy Shearer
Creative Director (Horsecross Arts)/(Agent ) Noble Savage
Horsecross Arts/Noble Savage
Website


Jackie Shearer
Chief Executive Officer
Beacon Arts Centre
Website
Paisley

Fiona Shepherd
Freelance Journalist
Freelance Music Journalist and Co-director of Glasgow Music City Tours

Glasgow

Kirstyn Smith
Music Editor
The List
Website
Edinburgh

Amanda Stanley
Podcast Producer
TYCI
Website
Glasgow

Nick Stewart
Booker
Sneaky Pete's
Website
Edinburgh

Matthew Sweeney
Station Manager
Radio Magnetic
Website
Glasgow

Chris Taylor
regional manager Scotland/Northern England/Northern Ireland
HMV retail ltd
Website
Glasgow

Simon Thoumire
Creative Director
Hands Up for Trad
Website
Glasgow

Nadine Walker
Editorial Director
Tenement TV
Website


Barbara Wallace
Senior Content Producer Contemporary Music, Scotland
BBC
Website
Glasgow

Jonathan West
Dir of Artist Services
TicketWeb UK
Website
London N

Susan Whyte
Music Agent and Promoter
Spindrift Productions
Website
Aberdeen

Allan Wilson
Writer

Website


Raymond Wilson
Director
ESP Music Rentals Ltd.
Website
Glasgow

Darren Yeats
Record shop Owner
VoxBox Music
Website
Edinburgh

SAY Award Design Commission

Alongside The SAY Award’s warm welcome to Paisley for 2016 and 2017, we were delighted to partner with Incube Renfrewshire to find this year’s SAY Design Commission Winner. Partnering with Invest in Renfrewshire’s new business incubator. With no set parameters or restrictions on format, artists and designers were encouraged to think creatively about the connection between art and music or the context of Scottish art and music within their proposals.

Partners

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is a trade body based in Glasgow that was set up in 2008 to foster, promote and serve the best interests of Scotland’s music industry. Their membership encompasses individuals and organisations working across all sectors of Scotland’s music industry, including artist managers, promoters, record labels, studios, artists, distributors and more. The SMIA has two core objectives, to both strengthen and champion Scotland’s music industry, and they do this through a variety of projects each year. These projects include training events such as workshops and master classes, sector meet-ups, and their biggest project, The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award, Scotland’s national music prize. The SMIA also lobby government on behalf of its members, as well as offer informal support, such as by doing introductions to new contacts and companies. 

Paisley 2021 bid for Culture Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will use the town's unique and fascinating story to transform its future — by putting the town in the international spotlight, attracting visitors, creating jobs and using culture to make people's lives better.

The one-time global textile hub and birthplace of the Paisley Pattern is also home to stunning architecture, an internationally-significant museum collection, Glasgow Airport, University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland, PACE Theatre Company and a thriving contemporary cultural scene.

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government. The shortlisted cities will be announced in spring 2017, and the winner at the end of the year. Find out more about our story at a href="http://www.paisley2021.co.uk">www.paisley2021.co.uk.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland

TicketWeb started in 1995 as small group of music fans who wanted to build a truly DIY ticket site dedicated to shining a light on the freshest new acts. After launching in the U.S., Canada, the UK & Ireland we soon became the go-to ticket seller for independent promoters and venues on both sides of the Atlantic. Two decades later and we’re still proud to be part of that scene but now we also work directly with the artists who fill those venues to make it even easier for real fans to get into their shows. Find out more at http://www.ticketweb.co.uk.

PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast on TV and radio across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. PPL also operates an international royalty collection service helping members to get paid when their music is played internationally. http://www.ppluk.com @PPLUK.