Since its inauguration in 2012, the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has grown to become Scotland’s most popular and prestigious music prize.
Developed by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) and wielding one of the UK’s most lucrative prize funds, The SAY Award champions the extraordinary strength and diversity of Scotland’s musical landscape. With previous Longlist titles featuring hip-hop, rock, alternative, traditional, folk, classical, dubstep, reggae, pop and jazz, The SAY Award accommodates Scottish music in all its influential, inspiring and idiosyncratic glory: From mainstream platinum sellers to self-released left-field outriders, The SAY Award has illuminated Scotland’s music scene with the ambition, credibility and commitment it so richly deserves.
Played out over an absorbing month-long campaign, The SAY Award culminates in a ceremony which has become one of the most highly anticipated parties of the year. As bold and creative as the music it celebrates, the event made its home in Paisley for 2016 and 2017, transforming its magnificent Town Hall into a vibrant hang-out for the best talent in Scottish music, art and culture. Returning to Paisley Town Hall for a third year, The SAY Award 2018 ceremony is set to take place on Thursday 6 September.
The ceremony’s approach to live entertainment is no less progressive, with three of its four slots offered to new, emerging talent while the show is opened each year by the award’s previous winner, most recently the magical Anna Meredith who won The SAY Award in 2016 for her extraordinary record ‘Varmints’.
Now in its seventh year, the impact of The SAY Award on an artist’s career is indisputable while the anticipation and excitement around the ceremony reflects the award’s growing cultural significance. Strengthened by the esteem of a notoriously circumspect industry, the award has also captured the imagination of a public deluged with choice and eager to follow credible cultural signposts. Earning such broad-based support in six short years sets The SAY Award apart as a truly remarkable arts prize.