Nominations open for the 2018 Scottish Album of the Year Award

Nominations open for the 2018 Scottish Album of the Year awards

Sacred Paws claimed the 2017 SAY Award for Strike A Match

Previous winners include RM Hubbert, Young Fathers and Sacred Paws

The sixth annual Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award is round the corner, and artists, labels and fans are now invited to nominate their favourite eligible release for the coveted prize, claimed in 2017 by Sacred Paws for their uptempo debut full length Strike A Match.

Eligible albums must have been released between Sat 1 Apr 2017 and Sat 31 Mar 2018 and the deadline for submissions is 23.59 on Thu 31 May – when the clock turns June your time's out.

At that stage, 100 impartial nominations from journalism, broadcast, radio, music retail and live venues will consider the titles, ranking their favourites from 1 to 5. Nominators include specialists in genres like jazz, classical, electronic and trad, as well as key influencers from popular Scottish culture.

From there, the list will be whittled down to a longlist of 20, and then a shortlist of 10 (with one of those picked from a public vote), with the winner being announced once again at Paisley Town Hall on Thu 6 Sep. The winner will receive a prize of £20,000 with each runner up taking home £1,000 – going some way to making up for those stingy Spotify royalty cheques.

The nominations are coming in already, with brilliant albums from the likes of Babe, Breakfast Muff, The Spook School and Spinning Coin available to stream on the SAY Award site (and of course, if you enjoy them, buy).

Robert Kilpatrick, General Manager at Scottish Music Industry Association, said: 'Now in its seventh year, The SAY Award has illuminated Scotland's music scene with the ambition, credibility and commitment it so richly deserves. Having now championed 120 Longlisted albums and distributed £174,000 in prize money, the impact of The SAY Award is indisputable, and we look forward to seeing the award continue to celebrate, promote and reward outstanding Scottish records in 2018.

'We're delighted to be returning to Paisley Town Hall for this year's ceremony, the third year of a fantastic partnership with Renfrewshire Council, and we look forward to announcing some exciting details around this year's campaign very soon.'

Previous SAY Award winners…
2012: Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat – Everything's Getting Older
2013: RM Hubbert – Thirteen Lost and Found
2014: Young Fathers – Tape Two
2015: Kathryn Joseph – Bones You've Thrown Me and Blood I've Spilled
2016: Anna Meredith – Varmints
2017: Sacred Paws – Strike A Match

Who's your choice for 2018?

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