TradFestival aiming high this year!
14 Oct 20
by Billie Jones
MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020
Nominations are now open for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020, the highly regarded annual awards which give recognition to excellence within Scotland’s thriving traditional musical culture. We need YOUR support for a nomination for Event or Community Project of the Year. Please vote x
We may not have been able to bring you this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival in person, although we are very proud of the musicians and dancers who helped produce the online version of this year's festival which you can view here, but we continue to try our best, every year, to receive acknowledgement from MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards for the 6 years Trad Music Trust have already delivered the annual festival and the charity's continued committment to developing a year-round programme of traditional music & dance in Dumfries & Galloway through the annual festival and the new Vault Arts Centre.
Tweaked for 2020 to reflect the pivot the entire industry has made due to Covid-19, this year’s twelve awards are as follows and we have highlighted in bold the categories in which you may want to support us:
1. Music Tutor of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland
2. Gaelic Singer of the Year, sponsored by The Highland Society of London
3. Album of The Year, sponsored by Birnam CD
4. Up & Coming artist of the Year, sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
5. Event of the Year
6. Community Music Project of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
7. Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA)
8. Trad Video of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound
9. Online Performance of 2020, sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
10. Services to Gaelic Award, sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig
11. Original Work of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music
12. Trad Music in the Media, sponsored by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
13. Musician of the Year, sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands
The nomination and voting processes are in two stages. This nomination stage will close on Sunday 18th October with the voting period opening online on Monday 2nd November until Sunday 15th November.
To vote simply click the button below and complete the short survey. You do not need to complete every section, only the sections in which you'd like to cast a vote, but there are some fantastic acts, projects and events throughout Scotland so please complete as much as you can and let's help make this a terrific year for traditional music in Scotland, despite everything!
Maybe this will finally be Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival's year? That's down to you.