SAY Award judges revealed and online public vote dates announced

SAY Award judges revealed and online public vote dates announced

Honeyblood / credit: Marieke Macklon

Cast a vote for your favourite Scottish Album of the Year between 5–7 Oct

The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has revealed its judging panel and announced the award's upcoming online public vote. Music fans are invited to 'have their SAY' and cast a vote to determine an album to be included on the Shortlist, which will be announced a week from today on Thu 8 Oct.

Voting is open from midnight on Mon 5 Oct until midnight on Wed 7 Oct, giving music fans 72 hours to vote for their favourite album on the Longlist at One vote per person is permitted and it is entirely free to vote. The album with the most public votes will be included on the SAY Award Shortlist and receive a minimum prize of £1,000. The remaining nine albums on the Shortlist will be selected by this year's esteemed panel of judges.

For the second consecutive year, the SAY Award judging panel features a 50:50 gender balance. Chaired by John Williamson, the 2020 panel features influential and experienced tastemakers from across the creative industries including radio DJs and TV presenters Edith Bowman and Jack Saunders. For the first time in history, the SAY Award judging panel features three judges from international nations.

'With judges from France, Germany and the Netherlands on our panel this year, we're delighted to be sharing and celebrating our cultural identity both domestically and internationally; allowing the power of music to connect us across borders and keeping Scottish music at the forefront of the international conversation during these challenging times,' said Robert Kilpatrick, General Manager of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA).

Through careful deliberations, the judges will determine which artist will take home the £20,000 first prize and coveted Scottish Album of the Year Award title.

'I'm delighted to be part of this year's SAY Award Judging Panel - as a huge music fan, I can't wait to immerse myself in some of the incredible albums Scottish artists have created,' SAY Award judge Wezi Mhura said. 'In a year like this, when music, theatre, art and tv have become lifelines, it's truly more important than ever to celebrate the arts and encourage this country's creativity - congratulations to all of this year's Longlisted artists!'

SAY Award 2020 Judging Panel:

Ally McCrae (Producer, BBC), Charlotte Dryden (CEO, NI Music Prize), Dirk Löwenberg (Head of Member Services, GVL), Edith Bowman (Broadcaster), Fay Milton (Founder of SAY Award charity partner, Music Declares Emergency), Jack Saunders (BBC Radio 1 Presenter), Jess Brough (Founder/Director of Fringe of Colour), Kieran Hurley (Playwright), Maurits Westerik (Director, Best Kept Secret Festival), Solène Lorry (Head of Label & Artist Relations (France), YouTube) Wezi Mhura (Creative Producer & Founder of AfriFest & BLM Mural Trail).

SAY Award judges revealed and online public vote dates announced

Free Love

The 20 albums on this year's Longlist were revealed via the virtual Live at the Longlist event on Thu 17 Sep which also featured performances by Free Love, Kinnaris Quintet and Sacred Paws. Following the Shortlist announcement on Thu 8 Oct, the final Scottish Album of the Year winner will be announced on Thu 29 Oct.

SAY Award 2020 Longlist:

Anna Meredith – FIBS
Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild
Bossy Love – Me + U
Callum Easter – Here Or Nowhere
Cloth – Cloth
Comfort – Not Passing
Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold
Elephant Sessions – What Makes You
Erland Cooper – Sule Skerry
Fat-Suit – Waifs & Strays
Free Love – Extreme Dance Anthems
Honeyblood – In Plain Sight
Karine Polwart – Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
Mezcla – Shoot the Moon
The Ninth Wave – Infancy
Sacred Paws – Run Around The Sun
Vistas – Everything Changes In The End

Developed and produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), the SAY Award annually celebrates, promotes and rewards the most outstanding Scottish albums of the past year, spanning a variety of genres from artists across the country. Since its launch in 2012, the SAY Award has become Scotland's most sought-after music prize.

The SAY Award online public vote is open from midnight on Mon 5 Oct until midnight on Wed 7 Oct at

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