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.
Wielding a £20,000 prize for the winner, 9 runner-up prizes of £1,000 each and a design commission which highlights the enduring links between music, art and design in Scotland, The SAY Award is respected by artists, valued by the industry and is responsible for both a surge in musical discovery and an explosion of impassioned debate on social media. Placing artistic merit before sales history, genre or record label affiliation, The SAY Award dispenses with categorisation, opting instead for the creation of a bold, unifying platform from which Scotland’s most outstanding albums – across all genres – can be celebrated, discovered and championed.
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 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 makes it’s home in Edinburgh for the first time in 2019, following three fantastic years in Paisley. The ceremony will take place on Friday 6 September The Assembly Rooms, transforming the venue into a vibrant hang-out for the best talent in Scottish music, art and culture.
Entering its eighth year in 2019, 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 seven short years sets The SAY Award apart as a truly remarkable arts prize.