Scottish Alternative Music Awards announce nomination process and virtual ceremony

Nomination process and virtual ceremony announced for Scottish Alternative Music Awards

VanIves / credit: Neil McKenzie

Annual celebration of Scotland's best new underground music will be held online on Wed 18 Nov

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) has announced plans for a 2020 virtual ceremony. The annual event celebrating Scotland's best new underground music will be free to stream worldwide on Wed 18 Nov and will also include live performances from two unannounced Scottish acts.

Presented in partnership with Creative Scotland, Drygate Brewing, Help Musicians, Musicians Union and more, the SAMA provides an important opportunity for the Scottish music community, including both industry professionals and music fans, to celebrate collectively. Last year's SAMA ceremony at Saint Luke's in Glasgow marked the 10th anniversary of the awards. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, SAMA's 11th edition will now be held online.

'I am delighted the SAMA are returning for the 11th edition,' said Creative Director, Richy Muirhead. 'This year has been an incredibly challenging time for the arts. At the same time it has been so refreshing to see artists continue to write and release music from across Scotland during the lockdown. The awards are a platform to ignite some positivity, encourage music discovery, and take a wide look at many of the innovative artists across genres. Not hosting this in a packed out room in Glasgow will be strange but we are working behind the scenes to deliver something just as special!'

Scottish Alternative Music Awards announce nomination process and virtual ceremony

One Nine / credit: Neil McKenzie

Previous SAMA winners include Lewis Capaldi, Be Charlotte and The Ninth Wave. Acclaimed Scottish acts including Blanck Mass, Heir of the Cursed, C Duncan, Kathryn Joseph, Andrew Wasylyk, Ela Orleans and One Nine have all performed live at past SAMA events.

Making a commitment to gender equality in the music industry, SAMA has signed the Keychange Pledge and confirmed that there will be a 50/50 representation amongst not only award nominators, but also the SAMA events team and bookings.

The SAMA virtual ceremony will distribute awards across seven categories: Best Rock/Alternative, Best Live Act, Best Newcomer, Best Hip Hop, Best Metal, Best Electronic and Best Acoustic. Given live event restrictions this year due to COVID-19, Scottish artists who have been hosting inventive live streams will be eligible for the Best Live Act award.

Each of the awards categories will have three specialist nominators including music journalists, radio producers and event promoters. The groups of nominators will determine a shortlist of four acts for each category, followed by a short public vote over three days in November, with the SAMA winners revealed live at the virtual ceremony on Wed 18 Nov.

For more information and a full list of nominators, visit the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) website.

Scottish Alternative Music Awards

A celebration of underground Scottish music, with seven unique music awards and live music performances.