Since its inauguration in 2012, The SAY Award has grown to become Scotland’s most popular and prestigious music prize. Wielding a £20,000 prize for the winner, 9 runner-up prizes of £1,000 each and a design commission which highlights the enduring links between music, art and design in Scotland, The SAY Award is respected by artists, valued by the industry and is responsible for both a surge in musical discovery and an explosion of impassioned debate on social media. .
Placing artistic merit before sales history, genre or record label affiliation, The SAY Award dispenses with categorisation, opting instead for the creation of a bold, unifying platform from which Scotland’s most outstanding albums - across all genres - can be celebrated, discovered and championed.
The SAY Award is a Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) production, delivered in 2019 in partnership with Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, YouTube Music, Harviestoun Brewery, Ticketmaster New Music, PPL, Sweetdram and The Queen’s Hall, with Help Musicians Scotland being the award’s Charity Partner.