Scots Trad Music Awards

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The Scots Trad Music Awards is an annual event that takes place every December. Held at different venues around the country, the aim of these Awards is to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity which will bring the music and music industry into the spotlight of media & public attention.

From its inception in 2003, the ‘Awards’ have steadily grown in popularity and prestige attracting television coverage by the Gaelic channel in 2007 and major sponsorship from MG Alba in 2008.

The Scots Trad Music Awards, which is organised by ‘Hands Up For Trad’ is seen as ‘The Oscar’ for traditional music. There are two stages, nominating and voting both involving the general publicin the process

a) The Nominations: The public are invited to nominate their chosen four in each of 15 pre-arranged categories. eg Best Album to Best Club, Best Instrumentalist, Best Folk Band, Dance Band and Pipe Band ranging right across the many strands that encompass Scotland’s vibrant traditional music scene. The nominees with the most votes in each category go on to the next stage.

b) Voting: The public and industry are again invited to vote for their favourites in selected categories. Some of the categories are reserved because specialist knowledge from within the industry is required.

First started in 2003 the Awards attract over 100,000 votes from all over the world.

The winners are announced at a glittering Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony, an event that is considered a major highlight in the traditional music calendar.

Background to The Scots Trad Music Awards

In 2000, Simon Thoumire, Clare McLaughlin and Elspeth Cowie recognising the lack of positive media attention for traditional music/musicians in Scotland, started the Young Scottish Traditional Musician Award (now called BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award) to support and encourage young musicians in the pursuit of a career in traditional music. A natural development from the Young Traditional Musician Award is the all-encompassing Scots Trad Music Awards to recognise the best practitioners across the spectrum of musical traditions, and highlight Scotland’s best traditional music to its people and media.

The Scots Trad Music Awards will be an annual celebration of Scotland’s rich musical traditions. From the length and breadth of the country, these Awards aim to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music in all it’s glory and to create a high profile opportunity bringing the music and music industry into the spotlight of media and public attention. The first ceremony, at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh will take place on Saturday, 13th September 2003.

The aim of the Scots Trad Music Awards is to encompass all of Scotland’s thriving musical culture from Gaelic song, Folk music, Scottish Dance, to Pipe Bands and a host of others inbetween. Although this is an ambitious project we totally believe that to get the recognition the music deserves, the scene needs to project itself as a unit.

Current Events:
MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2013

Past Events:
MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2012
MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2011
MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2010
MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2009
MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2008
Scots Trad Music Awards 2007
Scots Trad Music Awards 2006
Scots Trad Music Awards 2005
Scots Trad Music Awards 2004
Scots Trad Music Awards 2003