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THE SCOTTISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SAY) AWARD ANNOUNCES 2022 LONGLIST 

THE SCOTTISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SAY) AWARD ANNOUNCES 2022 LONGLIST 

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The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award – Scotland’s national music prize – today announces the twenty outstanding albums that have earned a place on the 2022 Longlist; whittled down from a record-breaking 369 eligible record submissions by 100 impartial music industry Nominators. Each Longlisted album is now in the running for the coveted SAY Award title and £20,000 first prize, with the winner to be announced at The SAY Award 2022 Ceremony taking place at Stirling’s Albert Halls on Thursday 20th October. This year’s twenty-strong longlist features one of the most diverse genre spreads in the eleven years of the award, showcasing Scotland’s eclectic musical landscape and highlighting a range of subcultures and artistic styles.

The announcement comes as 2022’s host city, Stirling, celebrates with a free exhibition taking place at award-winning music venue The Tolbooth. Music fans can explore the 20 enlarged album artworks and use QR codes for an experiential discovery of the Longlist. The exhibition will provide a focal point for celebrating the records in the lead-up to next month’s Ceremony where one will be announced as Scottish Album of the Year

In alphabetical order, The SAY Award Longlist for 2022 is as follows:

·         AiiTee – ‘Better Days’

·         Andrew Wasylyk – ‘Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia’

·         Annie Booth – ‘Lazybody’

·         Bemz – ‘M4’

·         C Duncan – ‘Alluvium’

·         Callum Easter – ‘System’

·         Constant Follower – ‘Neither Is, Nor Ever Was’

·         Declan Welsh and the Decadent West – ‘It’s Been A Year’

·         Duncan Lyall – ‘Milestone’

·         Fergus McCreadie – ‘Forest Floor’

·         Hamish Hawk – ‘Heavy Elevator’

·         Hen Hoose – ‘Equaliser’

·         Kathryn Joseph – ‘For You Who Are The Wronged’

·         Kobi Onyame – ‘Don’t Drink The Poison’

·         The Ninth Wave – ‘Heavy Like a Headache’

·         Niteworks – ‘A’Ghrian’

·         Proc Fiskal – ‘Siren Spine Sysex’

·         Rebecca Vasmant – ‘With Love, From Glasgow’

·         Seonaid Aitken Ensemble – ‘Chasing Sakura’

·         Walt Disco – ‘Unlearning’

Robert Kilpatrick, Creative Director of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) / The SAY Award, said: “Following a record-breaking 369 eligible album submissions, we’re delighted to announce the 20 outstanding records in the running for 2022’s Scottish Album of the Year Award. 

As Scotland’s national music prize, The SAY Award exists to celebrate the cultural impact and contribution of our nation’s recorded output. 2022’s Longlist presents a dynamic and diverse collection of albums which spans multiple genres and showcases both established and rising talent from across the country. Despite the turbulence of recent times, the enduring impact and resonance of the album format remains. As vehicles of both self-discovery and connection with others, their power to ground, inspire and unite us is perhaps more important than ever. 

As we now approach our 2022 Ceremony at Stirling’s Albert Halls next month, we look forward to championing Scotland’s ever-evolving music scene and unique cultural identity; recognising the value and magic of music in our lives.”

Convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Cllr Gerry McGarvey said: “Congratulations to all the amazing artists from across Scotland that have made the longlist for this prestigious musical award. 

“To reach this stage in the competition is an achievement in itself and it’s fantastic to have so many Stirling-based artists and artists that have their roots in The Tolbooth’s Music Development workshops, in the final 20, demonstrating the area’s dynamic and diverse music scene.

“To celebrate the longlist announcement, we have created a special interactive exhibition in The Tolbooth where people can sample the best of Scottish music in 2022.

“In just over a month one of these incredible records will be recognised as Scottish Album of the Year in the Albert Halls Stirling, and today’s milestone signals the countdown is on to an exciting and inspiring night.”

SAY Award 2022 Longlist – Artist Quotes:

AiiTee said “‘I am so pleased that ‘Better Days’ has been Longlisted for the SAY Award 2022.”

Andrew Wasylyk said “I’m as astonished as I am grateful for this record to be included amongst such an inspiring  group of Scottish artists. May they all flourish. Thank you, SAY Award.”

Annie Booth said “Was very surprised and honoured to be included in the SAY Award Longlist – I’ve followed the awards for a long time. There were so many Scottish albums I enjoyed last year so it meant a lot that folk out there connected with ‘Lazybody’. The album was a real labour of love, brought to life by an amazing group of musicians and collaborators who truly gave their all.”

Bemz said “I am honoured to have made the Longlist for the second year in a row. This is special for me and my team. To be able to go from nothing to making it into the last 20, it’s an honour. Thanks to everyone who has put me forward for this.”

C Duncan said “I am absolutely thrilled that ‘Alluvium’ has been Longlisted for The SAY Award. Scotland has an absolutely amazing music scene, so to be included in this is extremely exciting and humbling.”

Callum Easter said “Everyone should feel included. There are no borders around my music. So I’m well chuffed to be included in the Longlist. ”

Constant Follower said “It’s utterly humbling to have my album recognised by The SAY Award nominators and included on this year’s Longlist. I’m delighted, but I’m even happier that the efforts of all of the people who worked with me on the album are being recognised. For me, the magic in music is in collaboration, and this would have been a very different album without all the people who played on it, helped me record it, created the artwork and films, and of course the co-production of Kramer, whose genius… well, I haven’t the words to describe. I’m thinking back to when I was writing these songs, my baby daughter asleep through the wall and me trying to sing quietly to not to wake her – never then would I have imagined the songs would have connected with people as they have, to the extent the album is being recognised for the SAY Award Longlist. It’s a very humbling thing, but okay to feel just a little proud too, I think.”

Declan Welsh and the Decadent West said “It’s always nice to have folk appreciate yer work, so we’re all very grateful. We’re proud of ‘It’s Been A Year’. It was a step forward, and contains some of our favourite songs we’ve ever released. It works well as a whole piece of art, takes ye on a bit of a journey and has some v nice melodies and harmonies. I’m glad other people like it too”

Duncan Lyall said “I am a huge fan and supporter of The SAY Award. It’s fantastic to have an inclusive, cross-genre, Scottish music award that creates a level playing field for all musicians, whether signed to a major label or recording in their bedrooms. ‘Milestone’ has been a labour of love and, as an independent artist, to be included in this year’s SAY Longlist is an honour and a dream come true.”

Fergus McCreadie said, “I’m absolutely thrilled that ‘Forest Floor’ has been included on the Longlist for The SAY Award 2022 – it’s such a great celebration of music in Scotland and to represent Scottish Jazz on that list is an honour.”

Hamish Hawk said “I’m thrilled and in no small amount humbled to see ‘Heavy Elevator’ included on the Longlist for The SAY Award. To say I’ve been inspired by the award’s previous winners and nominees is an understatement. It’s an honour, and I’m immensely grateful.”

Hen Hoose said “It is an absolute honour to have been Longlisted for the SAY Award this year. ‘Equaliser’ has been a real labour of love. It has brought together like-minded individuals with a common goal, created a wonderfully supportive community and it has given us an opportunity to showcase the talented women and non-binary writers and producers based here in Scotland. This album has been written, recorded, mixed and mastered by women and non-binary artists and to get this recognition for our work is incredible, it means a huge amount to us all.”

Kathryn Joseph said “I’m so proud that ‘For You Who Are The Wronged’ is on the Longlist. Thank you to everyone who was part of it. I feel so lucky to have got to work with the amazing Lomond Campbell at the lengths. Thank you for all of it.”

Kobi Onyame said “I feel much gratitude. Thank you for including my album in the Longlist. ‘Don’t Drink the Poison’ is my most important album and I’m grateful it is resonating.”

The Ninth Wave said “It feels amazing to be Longlisted for the SAY Award again. We’re over the moon that ‘Heavy Like a Headache’ has been recognised in this way, particularly from SAY who have championed Scottish music so brilliantly since it began. The Longlist is so strong and it goes to show the strength of the Scottish music scene at the moment.”

Niteworks said “We are delighted to be included in this year’s Longlist. This album drew on inspiration from the richness of the worlds of Scottish Traditional, Gaelic and Scots song to offer, aiming to present our music in a more expansive way than before. To know that it has hit the mark is a very nice feeling!”

Proc Fiskal said “It’s an honour to be considered alongside such fantastic albums, thanks for thinking of the record! Cheers!”

Rebecca Vasmant said “It is a real honour and privilege to be in the SAY Longlist this year with my Album, ‘With Love From Glasgow’. I have watched in awe, for many years, the artists who have come through the SAY each year, and always dreamed of one day, making my own Album and it being considered, and now that it’s here, it feels absolutely crazy. My aim with my album was to promote Scotland, and Scottish Jazz out to the rest of the world, and it feels like it hopefully did Scotland some justice, with the critical acclaim that it received, and now leading onto us performing the Album live on tour later this year. This all feels like a wonderful dream, and I have the amazing musicians who played on the album, who have now become family, to thank first and foremost. I’m wholeheartedly honoured, happy, and as I always say – BUZZING!”

Seonaid Aitken said “This is an immense honour! This album is attached to a life-changing event for me and so it’s a very personal journey as much as an outpouring of joy for life which can be shared with everyone. My incredible team of musicians (and friends) inspired me to write this music for them and I’m delighted that its broad mix of styles has had this recognition”

Walt Disco said “To be included in this year’s Longlist is an amazing feeling, especially to see our album in the company of so many stellar Scottish releases we’ve been enjoying this year”

The SAY Award Longlist is the product of an extraordinary nationwide consultation, encapsulating the strength and diversity of Scotland’s music scene. 369 eligible album submissions were whittled down to the 20-strong Longlist by 100 impartial music industry nominators, populated by constituencies of people with backgrounds in certain sectors and genre specialisms. The newly announced Longlist will be further whittled down to a final 10 albums to make up this year’s Shortlist, one of which will be chosen by music fans in a 72-hour online public voteFrom 3 – 5 October, music fans have the chance to ensure their favourite album from the Longlist makes it onto the Shortlist by voting at www.sayaward.com with the remaining 9 albums chosen by an esteemed judging panel.

This year’s SAY Award judging panel includes the likes of John Niven (Author), Jackie Wylie (CEO/Artistic Director, National Theatre of Scotland), Anneliese Harmon (General Manager, Music Managers Forum) and Khaleda Noon(Executive Director, Intercultural Youth Scotland), as well as writer, director and comedian Paul Black who presented the inaugural Sound of Young Scotland Award at last year’s SAY Award Ceremony to rising electronic singer/producer LVRA

The 2022 Longlist honours both SAY Award alumni and new albums from emerging artists. 2015 winner Kathryn Joseph – whose debut album ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’ earned her The SAY Awardacclaim – is once again in the running alongside past nominees Declan Welsh & The Decadent WestThe Ninth Wave, Callum EasterKobi Onyame and Fergus McCreadie (who also gained a coveted Mercury Prize nomination this year). The Longlist also recognises new music resonating in the Scottish scene, from Hen Hoose’s eclectic debut, to Glasgow glam-rockers Walt Disco, and the modern, seductive jazz of Rebecca Vasmant.  

As Scotland’s most prestigious music prize, The SAY Award winner will take away not only the coveted Scottish Album of the Year title but also a£20,000prize that is among the most lucrative in the UK. The nine runners-up also take away £1,000 each as well as a bespoke award created by a local Stirling artist commissioned by The SAY Award. The winner will be exclusively announced at this year’s Ceremony, taking place at the Albert Halls, Stirling in a celebration of Scottish music – past, present and future – and featuring exclusive live performances along with celebrations of the 2022’s nominees. As one of the most exciting nights in Scotland’s musical calendar, the Ceremony can now be attended by music fans, with tickets available to purchase here

Returning for a second year, the Scottish Album of the Year Award will once again be accompanied by the Sound of Young Scotland Award and the Modern Scottish Classic AwardThe Sound of Young Scotland Award – supported by Ticketmaster, Youth Music Initiative and Youth Music – aims to highlight the best of the country’s emerging musical talent, with the winner taking home a funding package worth up to £5,000 to facilitate the creation of their debut album. The winner will be chosen by a judging panel made up of previous SAY Award nominees, including Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood), TAAHLIAH, Jubemi Iyiku (Bemz) and Declan Welsh (Declan Welsh and the Decadent West), and announced atThe SAY Award ceremony. The Modern Scottish Classic Award – in association with YouTube Music – recognises an iconic album from Scotland’s past that still inspires today. The 20 SAY Award Longlisted artists announced today will together decide this year’s winner, announced on 6th October, and celebrated at the Ceremony on the 20th. 

The legacy of the last Modern Scottish Classic winners, Frightened Rabbit, continues through this year’s charity partnership with Tiny Changes, set up in memory of late frontman Scott Hutchinson. Other partners for 2022 include Creative Scotland, Stirling Council, Stirling Alive With Scotland, YouTube Music, Go Forth, Ticketmaster, PPLYouth Music InitiativeYouth Music and Music Declares Emergency. The SAY Award is developed and produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), with accessibility, inclusivity and diversity at the heart of their flagship project. The criteria for SAY Awardeligibility is six tracks and/or 30 minutes, with the aim of eliminating socio-cultural barriers for artists and embracing genres that typically favour short-form bodies of work.

Returning for its 11th edition – and its Stirling debut – previous winners of The SAY Award include Mogwai ‘As The Love Continues’ (2021), Nova ‘Re-Up’ (2020), Auntie Flo ‘Radio Highlife’ (2019), Young Fathers ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (2018), Sacred Paws ‘Strike A Match’ (2017), Anna Meredith ‘Varmints’ (2016), Kathryn Joseph ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’ (2015), Young Fathers ‘Tape Two’ (2014), RM Hubbert ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ (2013) and the inaugural winner Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ (2012). To date, The SAY Award has distributed over £300,000 in prize money across ten previous campaigns, and 2022 is set to further amplify Scottish musical talent to a global audience. 

To keep up to date with SAY Award 2022 news, follow the award on social media across Twitter @SAYaward, Instagram @sayaward and Facebook@SAYaward.

ABOUT THE LONGLIST 

·         AiiTee – ‘Better Days’

·         ‘Better Days’ is the work of Nigerian-born singer songwriter AiiTee, who is now based in Aberdeen. The album was a means of encouragement to herself and her listeners after the pandemic era. Hope of a better tomorrow inspired her to incorporate different musical styles with the aim of getting everyone dancing and feeling less anxious.

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·         Andrew Wasylyk – ‘Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia’

·         The ten compositions that make up Andrew Wasylyk’s ‘Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia’ present themselves as hymns to early morning light, the optimism at the start of the day, and the simple joy that can be found close to home exploring an inner-city park; his own sanctuary being Dundee’s 19th century Balgay Park..

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·         Annie Booth – ‘Lazybody’

·         Annie Booth’s sophomore album ‘Lazybody’ shows a gift for mood-painting and storytelling. A seasoned modern folk singer, performer and songwriter with a flair for the nostalgic and the melancholy, she wields a unique voice in Scotland. The album’s 11 tracks capture the listener with their haunting melodies and infectious arrangements.

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·         Bemz – ‘M4’

·         7-track EP ‘M4’ traverses over a pristinely produced soundscape that constantly bends and flexes under the weight of Bemz’ uncompromising story-telling. His lyrics chart his rise to the forefront of Scotland’s rap scene, finding strength in the EPs host of stellar features, brazen breadth of genres and his own unmistakable flow and easy charm. 

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·         C Duncan – ‘Alluvium’

·         C Duncan’s fourth album ‘Alluvium’ sees the classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter explore new tones and styles with dynamism and playfulness. Full of explorative pop, ‘Alluvium’ is an album grounded in three–four-minute upbeat compositions, mostly in piano movements, with subtle electronic textures. 

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·         Callum Easter – ‘System’

·         Callum Easter’s love of rock and roll has been baked into his latest album ‘System’. It was recorded largely alone in his Edinburgh studio, but it bustles with a brash, maximalist vigour, that draws a line under his previous work and charges exhilaratingly forwards – beginning a journey that he describes as a “descent into ordinary madness.”

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·         Constant Follower – ‘Neither Is, Nor Ever Was’

·         The debut album from Stirling band Constant Follower, ‘Neither Is, Nor Ever Was’, is solitary and wild in all the best ways possible. With instrumentation stripped back to guitar, synths, and bass, raw lyrics by frontman Stephen McAll share reflections from ten years of isolation following a violent attack that left him with a head injury and no previous memories.

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·         Declan Welsh and the Decadent West – ‘It’s Been A Year’

·         ‘It’s Been A Year’ is a six-track collection by Declan Welsh and the Decadent West recounting the chaos of lockdown from a personal perspective. An evolution of their typically outward-looking, outward-spoken songwriting style, the album continues their signature sharp instrumentals and pronounced voice that never fails to pull their weight. 

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·         Duncan Lyall – ‘Milestone’

·         ‘Milestone’ is Duncan Lyall’s first solo outing since 2013. Commissioned for Glasgow’s world-renowned Celtic Connections, the album’s compositions are centred on the synthesiser and the range of sounds and atmospheres it can produce. The work is progressive and genre-defying or, as Lyall calls it, #CINEMATICFOLKELECTRONICAROCKFUNK. 

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·         Fergus McCreadie – ‘Forest Floor’

Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie returns with a new album ‘Forest Floor’ that follows the highly acclaimed ‘Cairn’. Forest Floor develops similar traits and characteristics but with even greater maturity, interaction and vision. Scottish folk influences are central in defining Fergus’ and the trio’s sound, with precisely placed notes and rich harmonies.

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·         Hamish Hawk – ‘Heavy Elevator’

·         Hamish Hawk’s ‘Heavy Elevator’ is a series of musical pen-portraits as vivid in lyric as they are in melody. The singer-songwriter from Edinburgh – who has been making music for over a decade – last year released his first fully-formed album presenting a perfect ten tracks packed with characters, incident, emotion, artistic references, and tunes to capture hearts.

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·         Hen Hoose – ‘Equaliser’

·         Founded by singer-songwriter Tamara Schlesinger, Hen Hoose is a collective of female and non-binary Scotland-based artists making music to redress gender imbalances that still exist in the industry today. ‘Equaliser’ is an eclectic album that mixes genres and moods, marrying each of the collaborators’ respective styles, for an assured and accessible debut.

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·         Kathryn Joseph – ‘For You Who Are The Wronged’

·         Kathryn Joseph’s debut album earned her the 2015 SAY Award title, and her latest release ‘For You Who Are The Wronged’ builds on her previous success. This new album is painfully honest as it engages and navigates issues of violation. Kathryn has never been one to shy away from difficult issues, some of which are deeply personal to her own experiences.

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·         Kobi Onyame – ‘Don’t Drink The Poison’

·         ‘Don’t Drink the Poison’ is the fifth studio album by Glasgow rap artist Kobi Onyame, mixing Pan-African influences with hip-hop and electronica. The self-produced ten-track body of work is a brave statement of intent from Onyame, created during the most confusing and yet beautiful last two years of his life, during which he learned that not all that glitters is gold.

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·         The Ninth Wave – ‘Heavy Like a Headache’

·         The Ninth Wave’s section collection ‘Heavy Like A Headache’ comprises 15 tracks that breathe emotional truth into stories about relationships, loneliness and mental health with musical range and lyrical prowess. Fusing indie-rock, post-punk and bedroom pop, they portray the excitement of life through the lens of a sentimental twentysomething. 

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·         Niteworks – ‘A’Ghrian’

·         The Skye band Niteworks have carved out a niche where traditional Scottish melodies balance with electronic beats, rhythms and patterns. Their newest album ‘A’Ghrian’ – gaelic for the sun – includes 10 mesmerising tracks that are more cinematic and ugent than we’ve seen from them before, now in Scots as well as English.

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·         Proc Fiskal – ‘Siren Spine Sysex’

·         ‘Siren Spine Sysex’, Proc Fiskal’s second album, sees a reorientation of the source elements of his music.  His folk music lineage grapples with grime influences, while the wider creative vision for the album is to provide a rich vein of thinking about language, history, power, geography, and identity politics in his most conceptually mature release yet.

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·         Rebecca Vasmant – ‘With Love, From Glasgow’

·         Glaswegian musician, producer, DJ and curator Rebecca Vasmant’s debut LP ‘With Love, From Glasgow’ showcases the breadth of the incredible Jazz talent the city has to offer. The album is a textured, emotive and calming listen from start to finish, offering crucial insight into the modern day sounds of a city which has contributed so much to music culture.

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·         Seonaid Aitken Ensemble – ‘Chasing Sakura’

·         Seonaid Aitken’s musical suite ‘Chasing Sakura’ – originally commissioned by Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in 2021 – features cross-genre and improvising musicians across classical, folk and jazz. It follows the lifespan of the cherry blossom and explores the themes of a fleeting but beautiful life, lived to the fullest. 

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·         Walt Disco – ‘Unlearning’

‘Unlearning’ lives up to its titular promise both in the topics that the lyrics address and its fresh fusion of art rock, techno, hyperpop and punk. Never ones to conform to tradition, Glasgow glam-rockers Walt Disco’s daring and ambitious debut shows they are a band who aren’t afraid to take risks in order to achieve their vision.

ABOUT SAY AWARD PARTNERS

Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA)

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is a not-for-profit trade body and membership organisation which exists to strengthen, empower and unite Scotland’s music industry.

As a Creative Scotland Regularly Funded Organisation (RFO), we work to create and nurture an inclusive membership community which reflects the full spectrum of Scotland’s music industry. We give voice to our membership when speaking to Government, Parliament and development organisations, and we both produce and support projects and programmes that stimulate sustainability, domestic and international growth, development and innovation in Scotland’s music sector. Our services, projects and events are designed to strengthen and increase the value of Scotland’s music industry on the world stage: economically, socially and culturally.

Keep up to date with the SMIA across our social media channels:

Twitter twitter.com/TheSMIA            | Facebook facebook.com/TheSMIA | Instagram instagram.com/the_smia

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Stirling Council

Rooted in the heart of Scotland,Stirling’s blossoming urban city centre is surrounded by diverse rural communities.

The nation’s most cherished landmarks are found here, making Stirling alive with history, while a growing modern arts scene nurtures new cultural talent.

With a similarly diverse business sector, cultivated by new infrastructure and investment, Stirling aims to be a place where everyone can thrive.

YouTube Music

YouTube Music is a completely reimagined streaming music service with music videos, official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music you can only get on YouTube. It’s ALL here! YouTube Music serves music based on your tastes and what’s moving the community around you. Discover something new or keep up with what’s trending. Basic functions such as playing music and watching videos are totally free, and you can upgrade to YouTube Music Premium to explore the world of music ad-free, offline, and with the screen locked. YouTube Music is currently available on mobile and desktop within 78 global markets. For additional information, visit www.youtube.com/musicpremium.

Go Forth Business Improvement District

Go Forth Business Improvement District (BID) involves Stirling businesses working together and investing collectively in local improvements.

The organisation gives businesses a unified voice and delivers projects and services that will improve the trading environment of the Stirling BID area; to the benefit of the businesses, their customers and visitors to the city centre. 

For more details visit www.goforthstirling.co.uk

Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster is the global and local market leader in live event ticketing, digital marketing, and mobile fan engagement tools that drive over 500 million tickets to fans in 32 countries.

PPL

Founded in 1934, PPL is the UK music industry’s collective management organisation (CMO) for over 120,000 performers and record companies. We licence recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to our members. These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and globally renowned artists. PPL’s public performance licensing is carried out on PPL’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

We also collect performance rights internationally when music is played overseas in public and used on TV, radio and some online streaming services, as well as for private copying. International royalties are an increasingly important revenue stream for performers and recording rights holders.

Youth Music Initiative

The Youth Music Initiative is a music education programme with a vision to put music at the heart of young people’s lives and learning funded by the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland. Since its establishment in 2007 the programme has distributed over £140 million, transforming music learning facilities for children and young people across the country.

You can find out more about the programme on the Creative Scotland website

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Youth Music

Youth Music believes every young person should have the chance to change their life through music. Yet our research shows many can’t because of who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through.

Our insights, influence and investment in grassroots organisations and to young people themselves means that more 0–25-year-olds can make, learn and earn in music.

Youth Music is a national charity funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and support from partners, fundraisers and donors.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Music Declares Emergency

Since its launch in London in July 2019, Music Declares Emergency has worked with the music industry and artists to harness the power of music to educate, inspire and engage the public with the climate emergency and to facilitate industry wide conversations to encourage and envision a sustainable music industry. Our declarers now number over 5000 and include all the UK major labels and industry organisations across all sectors, globally famous recording artists, and performers and individuals working within the music industry. All are committed to using their influence to bring conversations around the climate emergency into the mainstream of public debate.

Inspired by the lead taken by the UK music industry, Music Declares Emergency now has sister groups operating in Germany, Switzerland, France, Chile and Canada with further countries set to join the fold soon. A demonstration of the power of music to unite across languages and culture, the continued growth of Music Declares Emergency places music at the heart of the message of hope for a green recovery from a global pandemic and a brighter future for all.

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