Hands up for Trad Awards

Item Posted: Monday 2nd October, 2006

The time is here again to get nominating your favourite act/organisation for this year’s Scots Trad Music Awards. Hands up for Trad, in association with BBC Scotland Interactive, will be hosting the fourth ‘Scots Trad Music Awards’ weekend in Fort William from the 1st - 3rd December, 2006. The aim of these Awards is to highlight Scotland's wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity which will bring the music and music industry into the spotlight of media & public attention. Thank you to all our sponsors without whom this event would not go ahead. Please support them.



In this our 4th year we have decided to extract the festival from the Central Belt, extend it from one night into a weekend event, and take it up to the Highlands for the next 2 years. This is a very exciting move for us. In the second of these years (2007) the Scots Trad Music Awards will be part of the exciting Highland 2007 Year of Culture.



Nominations 2nd - 20th October.

This is Open to everyone. We would like you to pick 4 nominations from the field of Scottish traditional music for each of the 15 categories listed in the Nominations Form printed below within the time frame October 2005 to October 2006. You do not have to complete every category if you feel unqualified. The results of Stage 1 of the nomination procedure will be collated and the top four nominations in each category will go forward to the Stage 2 voting process, which will, as in previous years, be hosted online by The BBC’s Celtic Roots website (www.bbc.co.uk/celticroots). Fill in a form online (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=565452613737) or download the document as a pdf or Word file. You can only use the online form once per computer so if you need more forms please use the pdf or word file.



NOMINATIONS

(STAGE 1)





*NAME: EMAIL ADDRESS:



* POSTAL ADDRESS:



*PLEASE NOTE: IF NO NAME AND ADDRESS IS GIVEN YOUR NOMINATIONS WILL NOT BE COUNTED



CATEGORIES FOR NOMINATION



Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD

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Club of the Year sponsored by Living Tradition Magazine

An Award to recognise the club (folk club, accordion club etc) which you feel was best organised, most welcoming, had the best or most discerning audiences etc.

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Composer of the Year sponsored by Distil

An Award for the best songwriter or tunesmith of 2005.

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Community Project of the Year sponsored by Scottish Power

Award for the traditional music project that best serves your community.

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Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland

An Award to recognise the event/festival which you feel was best organised, most welcoming, had the best or most discerning audiences etc

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Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by Macmeanmna

Award for artist singing in Gaelic.

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Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Temple Records

Award for outstanding instrumentalist. Can be any instrument.

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Live Act of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings

This is open to any traditional music act touring in Scotland.

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Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association

Award for artist singing in Scots.

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Scottish Dance Band of the Year sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs

These nominations are for bands who meet one or more of the following criteria:-

- Interaction with/impact on community.

- Musical impact - CDs/concerts/ etc.

- Positive media attention for any particular reason.

- Success in overcoming difficult circumstances.

- Cultural ambassadors for the music or for Scotland abroad.

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Scottish Folk Band of the Year sponsored by Foot Stompin' Records

These nominations are for bands who meet one or more of the following criteria:

- Musical impact - CDs/ concerts/ etc.

- Interaction with/ impact on community.

- Positive media attention.

- Success in overcoming difficult circumstances.

- Cultural ambassadors for the music or for Scotland abroad.

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Scottish Pipe Band of the Year

These nominations are for bands who meet one or more of the following criteria:

- Competitive success within relevant grade.

- Rapid or significant improvement.

- Interaction with/ impact on community.

- Teaching activity.

- Musical impact - CDs/concerts/experimentation etc.

- Positive media attention.

- Success in overcoming difficult circumstances,

- Cultural ambassadors for the music or for Scotland abroad.

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Strathspey and Reel Society of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

For the fiddle groups and societies keeping Scottish music and the joy of playing together thriving in their communities.

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Services to Industry Award sponsored by Scottish Arts Council

An award for the retailer, distribution company, PA/sound company, tour manager, agent etc whose services to the traditional music industry are indispensable.

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Up and Coming Artist of the Year sponsored by Wellington Consultancy

This is open to individual artists emerging onto the scene. Nominations can be for people of any age as long as they are up and coming.

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Please support all our sponsors - without them this event would not happen: BBC Scotland, BBC Radio Shetland, Birnam CD, Foot Stompin’ Records, Greentrax, Highland Council, Living Tradition Magazine, Lochaber Enterprise, Macmeanmna, McEwan’s Sessions, National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Scottish Arts Council, Temple Records, Traditional Music and Song Association, VisitScotland, Wellington Consultancy.



Please return either by email to info@handsupfortrad.co.uk or by post to

Hands Up for Trad, PO Box 8774, Biggar, ML12 6WZ by FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER.



Cheers, Simon



******************

Simon Thoumire

Hands Up for Trad

The Sheiling

Lamington

Biggar

South Lanarkshire

ML12 6HW

0131 208 3089

info@handsupfortrad.co.uk

http://www.handsupfortrad.co.uk/



Hands Up for Trad Ltd is a recognised Scottish Charity (SC 035190)


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