Applications open for Sound of Young Scotland Award

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The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has launched a new award, The Sound of Young Scotland Award.

Emerging Scottish artists can now apply to win up to £5,000 to facilitate the creation of their debut album. Artists can apply until midnight on Friday August 13.

The award aims to drive the future of Scotland’s music scene by annually awarding a young, emerging artist.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of previous SAY Award nominees, with the funding covering costs relating to the production of their debut album, such as producing, studio rentals, engineers, mixing, mastering, recording expenses and more.

The winning artist will also receive a bespoke art prize from The SAY Award Design Commission, plus a showcase slot at 2022’s final ceremony; performing in front of the biggest and best in Scotland’s music industry.

Artists must be 25 or under to apply (in a band, the primary songwriter(s) must be aged 25 or under, and all members should be under 30 years old). They must not have previously released an album and must have made Scotland their creative base for at least the past three years. View full eligibility and prize information at